College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Enhance your future with our undergraduate programs
Highest-ranked Master of Social Work program in the state
One of the oldest PhD programs in the nation

Prepare to build a better world

At the School of Social Work, we practice what we teach: leadership, scholarship, social justice, and community engagement.

Our Social Work PhD and Master of Social Work programs promote the knowledge, skills and values of the social work profession. Our Youth Development Leadership M.Ed. program supports an expanded understanding of young people, in the United States and internationally. Our undergraduate programs — youth studies, family violence prevention, and social justice — support and promote ways of valuing, living, and working in the world that further social change and the common good.

Leaders in research

The School of Social Work is an integral part of a world-class research university. Our academic programs are unique in Minnesota, preparing a diverse student body to be research-savvy professionals and scholars, and providing research and engagement with a local-to-global impact. The research productivity of our faculty was ranked 20th out of 76 U.S. social work doctoral programs in a recent study.

Explore our research:

  • Families and Children
  • Health, Disability, and Aging
  • Mental Health
  • Methods and Methodology
  • Social Policy
  • Youth Studies

Contact information

For general questions about or department, contact:

Youth Development Leadership MEd
Ross VeLure Roholt
Associate Professor and Director, Youth Development Leadership Program

Youth Studies Undergraduate Program
Deborah Moore
Youth Work Learning Lab Director; Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies
Lynette Renner
Director of Graduate Studies

Andy Le
Graduate Program Coordinator

PhD in Social Work Program
Lynette Renner
Director of PhD Program

MSW Admissions
Deadlines. Application, Admissions Requirements
Questions about pre-requisites and transfers

Director of Admissions
Larissa Lavrov

MSW Program Director
Suzanne Shatila

Main office

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Peters Hall hours

School year
Monday–Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Winter and spring breaks
Monday–Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Monday–Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed