The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

For more than 100 years, the faculty and students of the School of Social Service Administration have worked for a more just and equitable society.

Founded at the height of the progressive movement and grounded in the intellectual traditions of the University of Chicago, SSA established social work as both a profession and a field of scholarly inquiry. SSA’s founders were among the earliest to use research to inform their practice. This integrated approach—using research to shape practice and policy—continues to distinguish SSA.

Social welfare problems are the product of complex and interrelated causes. Finding effective solutions requires a similarly complex integration of different fields. To find those solutions, SSA brings together the best minds in social work, psychology, sociology, political science, public policy, public health, economics, geography, and anthropology.

Today SSA is one of the top graduate schools of social work in the world. Diverse students arrive here with energy and empathy. The training they receive gives them the firm theoretical foundation, clinical and policy perspectives, and hands-on experience to turn that dedication into meaningful impact.

The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact will raise $40 million to support initiatives through the School of Social Service Administration.

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