The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is one of the most highly ranked schools of social work in the nation, and has been since we helped establish the field of social work more than a century ago. The school was founded on the belief that only a truly interdisciplinary social work education—a combination of practice, policy and research—produces individuals with the intellectual foundation and practical skills to be effective agents of change. Whether you want to pursue clinical practice or begin a career in social work policy and administration, there is no better place to study. Our graduates go on to rewarding careers in clinical social work, government and nonprofit social services administration, policymaking, academia and much more.

Our Programs

Learn more about each of our academic programs:

How to Apply

Our master’s and doctoral programs start in the fall, with the exception of our advanced standing AM program, which starts in the spring. Regardless of the program you plan to enter, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Registration for professional development courses and workshops is ongoing.

Visit Us

We strongly encourage you to plan a visit to campus and to meet with the Office of Admissions. See for yourself why Chicago is one of the world’s great cities and talk to current students and faculty about the impact of an SSA education. If you can’t make it to Chicago, we can arrange an informational interview with a current student or SSA alumnus in your area.

Ron Martin, Director of Admissions
Mary Debose, Assistant Director of Admissions
Sarah Hyde, Admissions Counselor
Sarina Carrillo, Admissions Specialist

Zehua Cui

"I had no awareness of the existence of social work in schools in China, so I am thankful for my first year internship experience with children at Namaste Charter school, which totally opened up a new world for me. The experience broadened my horizon in terms of the various ways in which we can help children," says Zehua Cui.