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Master's Admissions

The application for admission to the 2024-2025 academic year is open. 

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"At the Crown Family School, we believe in the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, rigorous scholarship, and evidence-based practice." - Deborah Gorman-Smith, Dean 


Our Mission

The Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice is dedicated to working toward a more just and humane society through research, teaching, and service to the community. As one of the oldest and most highly regarded graduate schools of social work and social welfare, the Crown Family School prepares professionals to handle society's most difficult challenges by developing new knowledge; promoting a deeper understanding of the causes and human costs of social inequities; and building bridges between rigorous research and the practice of helping individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better quality of life.

Master's Programs

The A.M. in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration program has been continually accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its predecessor organizations since 1919. Students in the program are prepared to be leaders in the field of social work and social welfare, advocates for vulnerable and marginalized populations, and promoters of social and economic justice. Our A.M. degree is equivalent to an MSW, but with a broader educational and experiential foundation that combines direct social work practice with policy development, interdisciplinary research and social science theory. 

Beginning in the 2024 academic year, entering students will be able to take advantage of a new curriculum that responds to changing societal problems. This new curriculum will equip students with the critical skills, competencies, and values needed to make a lasting, positive impact in the communities in which they serve, and translate into greater choice and flexibility when pursuing careers. 

Our A.M. in Social Work degree is attainable through a variety of full-time and part-time enrollment options that meet the diverse needs of our students. Students can leverage the interdisciplinary strengths of the University of Chicago by combining their A.M. degree with a Master of Public Policy, an MBA or a Master of Divinity.

While many of our students have previously majored in psychology or sociology, students enrolled in our masters programs come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds including, but not limited to, Arts & Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Fine and Performing Arts, and Law. 

Browse Social Work Success Stories

The A.M. in Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management program, our newest degree program, is designed to empower early-to-mid career professionals -- typically with 3 to 5 years of work experience -- to become more inclusive and impactful leaders across the social sector. Students in the program will develop the capacity to influence and build better organizations that advance a more just and humane society, while developing the capacity to more effectively address social change. 

In addition to the full-time and part-time enrollment options, students who have specific career goals in the fields of social work or public policy can pair their degree with an A.M. in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration or a Master of Public Policy for a more targeted impact.

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Learn How To Apply

Here's how to apply for admission to A.M. in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration program and our A.M. in Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management program. 

Applying As An International Applicant?

The Crown Family School welcomes applications from international applicants and scholars. Here’s how to apply for admission as an international applicant.

Career Planning

Career education is an integral part of our rigorous curriculum, and provides students with tools and resources that will guide students in learning, preparing, and planning for professional opportunities during and after their time at Crown Family School.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Each year, the Crown Family School awards over $4 million in tuition scholarships that assist students in financing their graduate education. Learn more about the cost of attendance, and internal and external sources of funding. 

"Students are exposed to a wide variety of academic and professional opportunities at the Crown Family School and these diverse experiences and world views help to inform decisions about our personal and career trajectories."

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