The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work maintained its position among the top 10 programs of social work education in the country as U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of the 2013 Best Graduate Schools.
The rankings, released March 13, 2012, indicate a slight score difference of four-tenths of a point between the top ranked and tied University of Michigan and Washington University in St. Louis (4.4) and the seventh place University of Texas at Austin program (4.0).
The UT Austin Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program has consistently remained among the top 10 programs with each new ranking from the news organization since 2003. The second highest-ranking social work program within the state is the University of Houston tied with six other schools at No. 37 with a score of 3.2.
“The reason for our successful, top-10 ranking is simple: it’s our people. Faculty at the School of Social Work are leaders in our field,” said Dean Luis H. Zayas. They are among the most productive scholars in our country, renowned for heading national organizations, serving as editors of major journals, and for influencing social policy.
“We have an outstanding clinical faculty, supported by a cadre of adjunct faculty, who are some of the most experienced and dedicated teachers of practice you will find in any school of social work in the country. They prepare our students for the challenges of contemporary social problems,” said Zayas.
The School of Social Work is central to the University of Texas theme, What starts here changes the world. Since 1950, graduate students from across Texas and beyond have come here to seek challenges and prepare themselves to make this world a better place. The school’s nationally recognized Center for Social Work Research is building knowledge and understanding, and bringing real solutions to core problems related to health and mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, poverty, and domestic violence.
“But it is not just our superb teaching, research, or publishing that has burnished our reputation,” said Zayas. “Our faculty, our researchers, our admissions office, career services and alumni relations office, professional development office, and the extraordinary support staff—these are the people that make the School of Social Work such a proud reflection of UT Austin, the flagship institution of the University of Texas System.”