SSA offers two Master's Degree Programs: Social Work and Social Welfare (SW) and Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management (SSL). Both offer an integrated approach that prepare you to be a force of positive change in people's lives, but each program is distinctive. The SW Program is for those who wish to become a social worker and want to focus on change at multiple levels: individuals, families, communities, and agencies. You can concentrate on either clinical social work, or social administration, but in both you'll gain a clear vision of the interconnectedness of policy and the lives of marginalized populations. The SSL Program is for individuals with previous experience working in the social sector who are seeking to advance into positions of agency leadership such as program managers, directors, and executives.
As an SSA doctoral student, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct groundbreaking and important research alongside both SSA mentors and renowned social scientists from across the University of Chicago. The program is designed to deepen your mastery of both social science theory and research methods so that you’re prepared to contribute to welfare scholarship in innovative and interdisciplinary ways.
CE & Professional Development
Grounded in the dynamic interplay of theory, research, and practice, SSA’s professional development workshops, review courses, and advanced clinical practice programs are intended to inform, but also to challenge you to integrate new learning into your daily practice.