University of Pittsburgh
March 16, 2016

Pitt School of Social Work Ties for 10th in Latest U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings


Sharon Blake


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PITTSBURGH—In the newly released 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools of social work, the University of Pittsburgh has tied for no. 10 among the 233 social work graduate programs in the country. The School of Social Work was previously ranked no. 11.

The school has made tremendous strides in scholarship, research, and other benchmarks. In the past year alone, there has been a 144 percent increase in research expenditures due to several new and substantial National Institutes of Health (NIH) federal grants. 

Founded in 1918, the School of Social Work was one of the first schools in the country to offer a program in community organization and one of the first to offer a specialization in child welfare. Today, the school offers new fellowships in health; numerous certificate and joint degree programs; access to the Center on Race and Social Problems; and opportunities to work with faculty to explore cutting-edge research in autism and schizophrenia, addiction, and child welfare.

“This recognition is a direct result of the dedication of our faculty and staff to our students, their research, and to social work values,” Dean Larry Davis said. “And while we are proud of this acknowledgement of our hard work, we are committed to pursuing excellence in scholarship, research, student achievement, and community engagement.”

The rankings are based on a survey of academics at peer institutions. See the complete list on the U.S. News & World Report website.