U.C. Berkeley School of Social Welfare

Informing Practice, Transforming Lives

Vision Statement: Improving the lives of vulnerable individuals, families and communities.
Mission Statement: Located within the world’s finest public university and one of the most diverse regions in the nation, the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare strives to transform the systems that perpetuate poverty and social disadvantage by:

  • Developing effective leaders and scholars committed to solving complex social problems;
  • Producing, disseminating and utilizing research to improve social service delivery and policy through critical thinking and evidence-based knowledge;
  • Preparing the next generation of culturally-competent social workers, researchers and teachers dedicated to serving the most vulnerable members of our society.

Faculty and Staff; Field Work; News; Events;
map and Address: School of Social Welfare, University of California, 120 Haviland Hall #7400, Berkeley CA 94720-7400, USA;
Contact. Tel. (510) 642 – 4341, Fax. (510) 643 – 6126, email.

About the School: The UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare is one of the oldest and most prestigious social work graduate programs in the nation.

Located within the world’s leading public university, the School is creating a new generation of social workers, scholars, advocates and policy-makers dedicated to serving the most vulnerable members of society.

Known for combining academic rigor with outstanding practice, the School of Social Welfare offers MSW and PhD programs, as well as an undergraduate major. Since 1944, the School has prepared over 11,000 social work professionals for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit human service sector. These caring and committed individuals work tirelessly to meet the growing needs of low-income families, seniors, foster-care youth, the homeless, the mentally ill, veterans, the disabled, school children, patients in hospitals, victims of domestic violence, ex-offenders, recovering addicts, immigrants and refugees.

Our alumni are leaders in health and human service sectors: from elected officials such as Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and Congresswoman Barbara Lee to innovative directors of county social service departments and community-based organizations, to those who provide direct service on the front lines, creating caring communities for all of its members.

The School has been consistently ranked among the top six social work graduate programs in the nation, and is number one in per capita faculty productivity. Members of the faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their fields, conducting cutting-edge research on the major issues facing California, the US and the world.

Through its Center for Social Services Research, professors and graduate students conduct research to identify best practices, design innovative social interventions, and improve service delivery.

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