• “The School of Social Welfare consists of excellent students, passionate faculty, and an outstanding staff. My experience in the baccalaureate program has been exceptional.”

    Christie Allen, Baccalaureate Program Class of 2014

  • “As a student, I have been able to organize a conference, help to develop a curriculum and participate in an independent study on Human Trafficking.”

    Lima James, MSW Class of 2014

  • “The School of Social Welfare is an excellent choice for returning students, whether you have been out of school for a decade or several you will feel welcomed by students and staff.”

    Samantha Fletcher, MSW Class of 2014

  • “The classes that I am taking combined with my field experience have intensified my passion for wanting to work with and help others.”

    Maria Mastroianni, MSW Class of 2015

  • “I am continuously impressed by the School of Social Welfare. I have enjoyed participating in a variety of diverse learning experiences that have helped shape my professional and personal goals.”

    Kate Kowalski, MSW Class of 2015


Special Announcement

The School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany has a long standing commitment to social justice, inclusion, and opposition to violence and oppression in any form, and we are keenly aware of the recent incident involving UAlbany students on-campus. As we move forward, the School of Social Welfare strives to be part of the solution as the University at Albany community (students, faculty, staff, and administration) deepens its discussion of what it means to be a University that is committed to social justice, inclusivity, and anti-oppression. These values are at the foundation of who we are as a School and as a profession.


  • SSW Professor Hal Lawson's book is published

    The Faculty and Staff of the School of Social Welfare congratulate Dr. Hal Lawson on the release of his new book titled Developing Community Schools, Community Learning Centers, Extended-service Schools and Multi-service Schools. Dr. Lawson co-authored and edited this book with Professor Dolf van Veen, Director of the Dutch National Center for Education and Youth Care.
  • Associate Dean Fortune joins 2016 Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research

    The School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany's Associate Dean Ricky Fortune joins the 2016 class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).
  • NSF Study Report on Participatory, Sustainable Recovery Released

    Loretta Pyles, Ph.D., Associate Professor, and recent School of Social Welfare graduate, Juliana Svistova, Ph.D., just completed a report that details findings of a 3-year study of participatory, sustainable disaster recovery in rural Haiti. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation’s “Disaster Resilience in Rural Communities Program,” and also made comparisons to disaster recovery in the rural U.S. Gulf Coast.


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    Center Reports Successful Year of National Homelessness Social Work Initiative

    Discovering effective ways to end homelessness is a top priority for those in the social work field. One way the School of Social Welfare (SSW) sought to alleviate the issue was to launch a National Homelessness Social Work Initiative to bring together national social work programs to make homelessness a professional priority.
  • Anne E. "Ricky" Fortune

    Associate Dean Fortune Named Fellow in her Field

    School of Social Welfare Associate Dean Ricky Fortune was named a 2016 Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). She was honored last week at the Annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Conference in Washington, D.C.

School Announcements

  • 2015 Research Guide

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    2015 School of Social Welfare Research Guide

  • Dean's Announcements

    SSW partners with DREAM (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring)

    A new partnership between the UAlbany SSW, the DREAM (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring) Project and GMHI (Global Mental Health Initiatives) brought MSW students Rosanna Garcia and Laila Wahdani to the Dominican Republic this Spring Break.

    Program Highlights

  • Navigator Program

    MSW Student NYSDOH Certified Navigators help with enrollment in health insurance.Open Enrollment begins November 1 for enrollment in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP).


  • Seed Program

    SEED program

    See how the Small Enterprise Economic Development Program can help you.

  • SSW on the AIR

    The Social WorkersWeekly Radio Talk Show

    ...a pioneering weekly radio talk show.

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  • Contact the School

    School of Social Welfare
    University at Albany
    State University of New York

    Richardson Hall
    135 Western Avenue
    Albany, NY 12222
    PHONE (518) 442-5320
    FAX (518) 442-5380

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