The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is one of the most highly ranked schools of social work in the nation, and has been since we helped establish the field of social work more than a century ago. The school was founded on the belief that only a truly interdisciplinary social work education—a combination of practice, policy and research—produces individuals with the intellectual foundation and practical skills to be effective agents of change. Whether you want to pursue clinical practice or begin a career in social work policy and administration, there is no better place to study. Our graduates go on to rewarding careers in clinical social work, government and nonprofit social services administration, policymaking, academia and much more.

Our Programs

Learn more about each of our academic programs:

How to Apply

Our master’s and doctoral programs start in the fall, with the exception of our advanced standing AM program, which starts in the spring. Regardless of the program you plan to enter, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Registration for professional development courses and workshops is ongoing.

Visit Us

We strongly encourage you to plan a visit to campus and to meet with the Office of Admissions. See for yourself why Chicago is one of the world’s great cities and talk to current students and faculty about the impact of an SSA education. If you can’t make it to Chicago, we can arrange an informational interview with a current student or SSA alumnus in your area.

Ron Martin, Director of Admissions
Mary Debose, Assistant Director of Admissions
Sarah Hyde, Admissions Counselor
Sarina Carrillo, Admissions Specialist

Jelani McEwen

Jelani McEwen, AM '13

When Jelani McEwen begins his new job as Charter Support Manager of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools upon graduation from the School of Social Service Administration in June 2013, in some ways he will have come full circle.