About the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work resides in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy within the College of Arts & Sciences. The Program offers two degree programs. The Bachelors of Arts in Social Work program and the Master of Social Work program are both fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

Chair's Message

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I would like to welcome you to the School of Social Work at the University of Memphis. Great things are happening in the School!

Our faculty is nationally recognized for their scholarship in social work and social welfare and engaged in the local community. Our externally-funded research projects and centers are making a significant impact on the Memphis and greater Midsouth community. Each year, the School of Social Work holds a symposium. The symposium brings together practitioners, scholars, and students to address issues of significance to social workers.

Our academic programs prepare students for excellence in generalist and specialized practice. Our Bachelor of Arts in Social Work has over 300 majors and pre-majors. Our Master of Social Work program has over 130 students in two areas of specialization: Advanced Practice with Children, Youth, and Families and Advanced Practice with Adults and Families. Both of our academic programs are offered at the main campus of the University of Memphis as well as at the Lambuth campus in Jackson, Tennessee. Both of our academic programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Please browse our website to learn more about our academic programs, faculty, and research. If you need additional information or would like to visit the School, please contact us.

Susan Neely-Barnes, PhD, MSW
Chair & Professor


The School of Social Work seeks to be a leader in social work education by: preparing students with cutting-edge social work skills necessary to practice in complex settings; creating knowledge through research and engaged scholarship; reducing poverty, inequality, and social and economic injustice through evidence based practices; and addressing the needs of the Mid-South within a global perspective.

Diversity Statement

The School of Social Work is committed to embracing diversity in every aspect of our functioning and programming. We understand diversity as the intersection of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We make a concerted and deliberate effort to include a diverse student body and faculty across all axes of difference. We endeavor to create a welcoming environment of inclusiveness and respect for difference not only in background and demographics, but in point of view and opinion.