The SSA master's program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and its predecessor organizations since 1919. The rigor and quality of an SSA education have earned us a spot among the top graduate schools of social work in the world.
The Master's Program is a two-year program that prepares students to enter advanced professional practice. The curriculum includes the core curriculum, which offers all students a solid introduction to the fundamentals of direct practice with individuals, families, organizations, and communities and to the fundamentals of administration and policy during their first two quarters; an elective concentration in either clinical practice or social administration; and field placements to supplement both the core and the concentrations.
The Doctoral Program offers specialized study at a more advanced level. Each student's program is unique and features course work (including courses in related disciplines taught by other units of the University), independent study, and research leading to the dissertation.
SSA is currently ranked in the top three graduate schools of social work in the United States.
Each year, SSA provides more than $4 million to students in scholarships. Approximately 95% of our master's students receive scholarship aid based on merit and need. 100% of our doctoral students receive full funding.
Full-time AM students: 342
Extended Evening Program students: 61
Part-time Day students: 12
Joint/Dual degree students: 22
PhD students: 63
American Indian 1%
Black/African American 12%
Not stated: 5%
Pacific Islander: 0.5%
Master's Program: 6%
Doctoral Program: 2%
82% female, 18% male
In the Master's program, classes may be as large as 30 students and as small as 6-10 students. Classes in the Master's Core Curriculum are capped at 30 students.
SSA has 35 distinguished faculty who were trained in fields such as political science, history, economics, psychology, and sociology, as well as social work and social welfare. Our faculty are the most racially diverse faculty cohort of the University of Chicago campus.
Demographics: 76% White, 11% African American, 8% Asian, 5% Latino