School of Social Work

Welcome from the Director

Dear Students,

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to welcome you to the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work (SSW), now in its 35th year as a professional school delivering the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Your acceptance to the School identifies you as a member of a widespread community that has a long-standing commitment to health, social justice, and the empowerment of individuals and families, through our excellence in education, research, and practice.

As students in the School, you have the advantage of an interdisciplinary education which you can apply to your hands-on experience during field placements within over 200 agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students in the BSW and MSW programs also have opportunities to become involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including Bearcat Social Workers (undergraduate), the Association of Black Social Workers, the Social Work Graduate Student Association, NAMI on Campus, and more.

I hope to meet each of you as the year progresses and wish you good luck throughout your time at UC.


James J. Clark, PhD, LCSW
Professor and Director

Dr. James J. Clark, Director of the School of Social Work

About the School

The School of Social Work is home to programs that prepare graduates for practice and leadership in the fields of social services and health care.

The School houses both the graduate (MSW) and undergraduate (BSW) social work programs, as well as the graduate program in Health Administration (MHA). In all programs, faculty with extensive practice experience in their respective fields offer competency-based education that provides students with an excellent foundation for successful careers in a wide variety of organizations that meet the physical, psychological, and social needs of people and communities.

Social Work

The Social Work programs are built around the values and core competencies of the profession as defined by the Council on Social Work Education. The Social Work faculty brings a strong practice background to the classroom, engaging students in learning activities that develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for professional practice.

The School collaborates with over 200 local agencies in offering a wide variety of internship opportunities. BSW graduates are prepared for entry-level professional practice as well as graduate study in social work. MSW students choose either the Direct Practice concentration or the Social Welfare Administration and Macro Practice concentration and are prepared for advanced practice and leadership across the social service field. Both programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Health Administration

The graduate program in Health Administration provides the credentials, knowledge, and skills to effectively lead and manage health care organizations, agencies, and practices. All courses are offered online, allowing students to continue their current careers while preparing for their futures.

We invite you to explore our programs and to contact us for further information. Findings from our evaluation of student achievement of core social work competencies for AY2013-2014 can be found below.

Student Achievement of Core Social Work Competencies

The School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati (UC SSW) conducts rigorous program evaluation in order to continually assess the strengths and areas for growth of the UC SSW. Evaluation findings are used to determine program quality, to document program successes, to make needed adjustments to the UC SSW curriculum in order to enhance student achievement, and to meet accreditation requirements specified by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  

CSWE Evaluation Report UC SSW, December 2014


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