Meet the Dean

Welcome to the Boston University School of Social Work!

We are a dynamic school with an exciting mission. I invite you to explore our MSW and PhD programs where our goal is to educate outstanding social work practitioners and researchers in a diverse and intellectually-rigorous environment. Our students learn and apply clinical and macro practice methods in diverse communities throughout the world and our alumni hold leadership positions worldwide.

At Boston University we have exceptional faculty who are at the forefront of social work practice, research, and training. We are ranked 10th among 262 social work graduate programs nationwide (US News and World Report, 2019)–placing us in the top 4% of graduate social work programs nationwide. In 2017, our Online MSW program was ranked the “Best Online Master’s in Social Work Degree” by College Choice.

Our faculty possess impressive skills in clinical practice and in working with groups, communities, organizations, and in policy to implement solutions to solve the most pressing societal problems. Their outstanding research and scholarship contribute to identifying, preventing, and reducing the overwhelming challenges marginalized populations experience in the U.S. and globally.

Since its inception in 1918, Boston University School of Social Work has valued differences among people as enriching the quality of life for all.  We are delighted to sit in the heart of Boston, a dynamic city with a rich history and a strong international flavor. Boston has more institutions of higher learning than any other U.S. city. In fact, education is our biggest industry!

We invite you to continue to browse our website to learn more about our School and the learning opportunities we offer at the MSW and PhD levels. We look forward to hearing from you as you explore a social work career at Boston University.

Jorge Delva
Dean, BU School of Social Work
Director and Paul Farmer Professor, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health