About the School

What is the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany? It depends on whom you ask.

For students in the Bachelor's degree program, Master’s degree programs, and Ph.D. study - the School is an open door to successful careers in social work. Students:

  • Play an active role in classes and research led by internationally respected scholars and practitioners
  • Acquire hands-on experience through the School's numerous community partnerships
  • Learn state-of-the-art social work techniques in a quality educational experience
  • Take advantage of unique study abroad experiences in countries such as South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Liberia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Korea, Russia, Haiti, and Peru.

Two Students talking, one with a bicycle in front of Draper Hall with students sitting on the steps in the backgroundFor state and community agencies, the School is both a willing catalyst and a responsive partner to help resolve today's most pressing social problems. Together with our partners, we:

  • Create new models for best practices
  • Spark change in social welfare policy
  • Advance the cause of serving those in need
  • Discover more effective practices and policies, along with root causes and correlates of social issues

For the human services research community, the School is a nexus of research leadership in many significant areas. Our toped ranked faculty are leaders nationwide in terms of research productivity; many faculty members have been asked to participate in the profession's most important studies and leadership initiatives. Collectively, their scholarship has brought the School to a position of leadership in numerous fields, such as:

  • Aging, including award-winning caregiver supports, the creation of elder-friendly communities, extensive gerontological research, and an entirely new model for teaching leadership in the field
  • Diversity, involving an array of demonstration projects and outreach scholarship on key topics, including health disparities and culturally competent HIV and mental health services
  • Children and families, involving new systems of care for children, family resource centers in agencies and schools, cross-system collaboration and collocation of services, early intervention and prevention programs, and an array of innovations in child welfare (as demonstrated in the new National Child Welfare Workforce Institute)

The School of Social Welfare's Baccalaureate and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and lead to careers in social work practice. Ph.D. programs lead to academic and research careers.

School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany at a Glance

  • Top ranked faculty with high impact research and scholarship Located just minutes from the seat of New York State government, enabling researchers and students to take part in impacting social welfare policy
  • Extensive emphasis on community engagement - local, national, and international - to build systems, enhance community capacities, and pioneer best practices in clinical services
  • Recipient of approximately $10 million in external grant funding each year.
  • Field practica with hundreds of organizations in New York's Capital Region
  • More than 40 scholarships awarded each year
  • Innovations in the university-wide Community and Public Service Program, which connects community organizations with UAlbany faculty and student volunteers who can help them advance their mission and build their capacities
  • Founded 1965