Creating and Sustaining Social Change

The Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) educates students to be innovative and effective in addressing the world’s most pressing social problems. 

Members of the BCSSW community are practitioners, researchers, and scholars who work with individuals, families, communities, and systems to reduce suffering, promote wellbeing, and catalyze social change locally and globally. BCSSW faculty transcend disciplines and cross borders in their research and practice, collaborating with communities embedded in social dilemmas to design enduring solutions.

In everything we do, we prioritize equity, justice, and inclusion and pursue innovations in research, practice, and community engagement.

Our Vision

Improving vulnerable lives through pioneering social work education, research, scholarship, and practice at home and in the world.

BCSSW At a Glance


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U.S. News and World Report Ranking


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Addressing Adversity Around the World

Salem Professor in Global Practice Theresa Betancourt—pictured here, in second row on left in light blue, with community-based volunteers in Rwanda—develops evidence-based interventions for children and families facing extreme resource constraints—including in regions affected by armed conflict and HIV/AIDS.

Faculty & Research