School of Social Work at Portland State University
The School of Social Work at Portland State University is committed to the enhancement of the individual and society. We are dedicated to social change and to the attainment of social justice for all people, the eradication of poverty, the empowerment of those who are oppressed, the rights of all individuals and groups to determine their destiny, and the opportunity to live in cooperation. The School offers degree programs in Child and Family Studies, Bachelor in Social Work, Master of Social Work (campus, distance, and online options), and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work and Social Research. The BSW and MSW degree programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. There are approximately 35 full-time and 50 part-time faculty who provide instruction for our campus, distance, and online options. Our undergraduate enrollment is approximately 350 and graduate enrollment is over 500 students.
PSU is also home to significant research, training, and public service programming. Faculty, students, and researchers in the School of Social Work conduct over $12 million annually of applied social science research and training, representing over 20 percent of PSU’s externally funded research. The School of Social Work hosts a broad range of research activities, from large-scale grant-supported projects to smaller faculty-directed and student-directed studies. The faculty’s research initiatives have attracted support from some of the nation’s most respected funders, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the W. T. Grant Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Most grant-supported projects are managed within one of the affiliated research units:
Regional Research Institute for Human Services; Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services; Research & Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures; Reclaiming Futures; The Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research
In addition, faculty and students conduct their own studies or collaborate with other professionals and organizations within and beyond Portland State University. The university and the school share a goal to raise the research profile of the faculty, continuing to contribute basic and applied research for understanding issues in the city, state, region and nationally.