About the School of Social Work

The Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) educates students to address the world’s most pressing social problems in innovative and effective ways. We collaborate with communities embedded in social dilemmas to design enduring solutions and prioritize equity, justice, and inclusion in everything we do.

Our Vision

Improving vulnerable lives through pioneering social work education, research, scholarship, and practice at home and in the world.

Dean's Message

Dean's Impact Reports

Serving Latinx Communities: Our Collective Response

The demand for social workers trained to respond to the needs and aspirations identified by Latinx communities, from culturally and linguistically appropriate social services to accessible mental health and healthcare, is urgent. Through award-winning academic programs and research, the BCSSW has established a community-centered approach to meet these aspirations and needs.

Crisis Migration: Our Collective Response

Ten faculty members in the Boston College School of Social Work are working to address the compound needs of migrants who have been forced to flee their homes because of war, natural disasters, political upheaval, and other problems around the world.

BCSSW Initiatives

Latinx Leadership Initiative

The LLI develops leaders equipped to work with the Latinx community on sustainable solutions for complex problems.

Black Leadership Initiative

This initiative supports, develops, and prepares MSW-level practitioners regarding issues faced by the Black community.

Trauma Integration Initiative

The goal of this initiative is to establish BCSSW as a national thought leader in trauma-informed social work education within three domains: curricula, field education/student formation, and research.

BCSSW at a Glance


Number of Full- and Part-time Faculty


U.S. News and World Report Ranking


MSW Students


PhD Students

Our Community

Our core commitments to equity, justice, and inclusion emphasize empathy, collaboration, and innovation in all that we do to foster an environment of support and success. 

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