As a school within an urban research university, the mission of the Wayne State University School of Social Work is to transmit, develop, critically examine, and apply knowledge to advance social work practice and social welfare policy in order to promote social, cultural and economic justice for the betterment of poor, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and society, by:

  • preparing ethical and competent social work generalists, advanced practitioners and scholars at the BSW, MSW, and PhD levels, respectively, with learning that primarily emphasizes urban settings;
  • conducting research, primarily relevant to urban populations; and
  • providing innovative leadership and service to the urban community and the profession.


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Social Work Dissertations

Social Work Faculty Publications

Social Work Theses