Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Wayne State University School of Social Work. For over 80 years, we have served as a national leader in social work education and research preparing world-class social work practitioners and advancing social work knowledge, particularly within urban and global contexts.

Our commitment to social work education and practice can be seen in our B.S.W. M.S.W., Ph.D. and certificate programs. At three campuses, online, and at hundreds of field education sites across Greater Detroit, more than 1,000 B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. students are learning the ethical, theoretical, and historical foundations of social work, applying evidence-based techniques and interventions for individual, family, group and community practice, honing research methods, and working to influence social welfare policy. Our robust continuing education program offers a wide array of online and classroom-based workshops that explore cutting-edge issues, while nearly a dozen student organizations and our social justice committee offer a range of hands-on learning and service opportunities.

Meanwhile, our faculty are pursuing innovative research across a range of areas, most notably aging, bullying and cyberbullying, infants, children and families, health and emotional wellbeing, interpersonal violence, trauma and suicide prevention, and community, policy and program development. Currently, our faculty is engaged in the second phase of an exciting scholarly and research exchange with our faculty counterparts at ZHAW, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, in Zurich, Switzerland, and we are also exploring other global exchanges and program possibilities. Our researchers are presenting and publishing their findings to national and international audiences, shaping a broad and interdisciplinary response to society's most pressing problems. Wayne State faculty are also training and motivating the next generation of social work researchers through the Social Work Student Research Community, which promotes student-faculty research collaborations on a range of issues.

Bolstering the endeavors of our faculty, staff and students is the School of Social Work's new facility in the heart of Midtown Detroit. Currently undergoing state-of-the-art upgrades, our building's technology training center, media center, and innovative technology conference and research centers will provide space, equipment and accommodations for ground-breaking scholarship, inspired teaching, and solution-oriented community events. Since opening our doors in 1935, our school has earned a reputation for proactive engagement with Greater Detroit, and we look forward to making our home on Woodward a "hub" for this collaboration.

We are Warriors working toward a brighter future for everyone, everywhere, and we welcome your support. I appreciate your interest in our School and invite you to look around our website, learn about what we have to offer, and contact us with any questions or comments you may have.


Jerrold Brandell
Interim Dean and Distinguished Professor


150 years in the heart of Detroit