Wayne State University

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Welcome from the Dean

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Wayne State University School of Social Work, which for more than 80 years has been a national leader in social work education, practice, research, and policy development. Our innovative degree programs, talented faculty, field-advancing scholarship and impactful community engagement have made us the school of choice for generations of social workers seeking to help individuals, groups and communities and to advance social justice, particularly in urban environments.

Consistent with its long history of identifying and addressing emerging social issues, the School of Social Work has risen to the challenges of 21st century society – applying technology to cutting-edge research and evidence-based practices, training practitioners within a global context, and marshaling the social and health sciences in interdisciplinary programs that approach complex issues of economic, behavioral and social well-being from multiple perspectives. These programs include degrees in social work and gerontology, anthropology, and infant mental health, a graduate certificate in alcohol and substance abuse studies, dynamic continuing education workshops and lectures, and campus-wide initiatives on suicide prevention, older adult health care, and foster youth retention. Meanwhile, our Center for Social Work Research assists faculty in securing millions of dollars in local, state and federal research funding, supports student-faculty research collaborations, and establishes strategic partnerships with community partners to develop, implement and evaluate programs that improve life for countless residents of Metro Detroit and beyond.

Housed in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Midtown, our school combines technology-driven classroom instruction with field training in high-demand practice areas to prepare the more than 900 students that enroll each year in our B.S.W., M.S.W., Ph.D.  or graduate/postgraduate certificate programs. Our faculty, who are leading research and shaping policy in areas such as child welfare, healthy aging, domestic violence, and substance abuse, actively encourage student participation in research. Meanwhile, students can apply their training, serve the community and support each other in their studies through a broad array of student organizations and learning communities.

Right now, more than 9,000 School of Social Work alumni are working across the United States and internationally to improve the human condition, and they are proud to call themselves Warriors in the fight for a better world. I’m so pleased you are visiting our website; please do not hesitate to contact us at (313) 577-4409 if you would like more information.




Cheryl E Waites
Dean and Professor

We will create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.