The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) helped found the field of social work more than a century ago and is one of the highest ranked schools of social work in the nation. We believe 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.
SSA offers two distinctive programs: Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration (SW) and Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management (SSL). Both offer a broad educational and experiential approach that will prepare you to be a force of positive change in people's lives. The comprehensive and interdisciplinary nature of a SSA degree translates into greater flexibility and choice in your future career.
In the doctoral program, you have the flexibility of designing your own course of study in tandem with related disciplines across the University of Chicago, home to some of the world's leading scholars in the social sciences. The PhD in social work opens doors to university-level research and teaching positions, and high-level policy research.
Last year, more than 95 percent of master's students received merit- and need-based financial aid, including full and partial tuition scholarships, paid fellowships, and work study. All students admitted into the SSA doctoral program receive full funding, which covers up to five years of tuition and fees.
Graduate Fairs & Virtual Events
Virtually meet with our admissions staff! We're excited to tell you more about our programs and answer all of your questions. SSA hosts virtual webinars throughout the academic year on wide-ranging topics, and our admissions staff is available for live chats. We will also virtually participate in a number of local, regional, and national graduate fairs.
Sign up for a webinar or make a virtual appointment with our Admissions team. Learn how SSA prepares students to become leaders in the fields of social work, social policy, social administration, and social work research and meet people who are dedicated to working toward a more just and humane society through research, teaching, and service to the community.