Research Links

In the World:
Schools of Social Welfare
Research Groups on Social Welfare

*Please note that this list is not exhaustive and is a work in progress. Contact the institutions referred to below, or visit their websites, for further information on their programs. Some institutions had only offered undergraduate degrees in social welfare in the past, but have since begun to provide graduate-level degrees in this discipline. In some cases, degrees that are offered by an institution are influenced by student enrolment; as a result, expect some variation between both class and degree offerings.


The Applied Social Welfare Research and Evaluation Group (ASWREG), York University (Website)


    • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Social Work
    • Graduate: MSW, PhD

Department of Social Welfare and Social Development, Nipissing University (Website)


    • Undergraduate: B.A. Social Welfare and Social Development
    • Honours Specialization in Social Welfare and Social Development
    • Specialization in Social Welfare and Social Development
    • Major in Social Welfare and Social Development
    • Minor in Social Welfare and Social Development

Social Development Studies, University of Waterloo, Renison University College (Website)


    • Undergraduate: B.A. Social Development
    • General B.A., 3-Year or 4-Year, Social Development Studies
    • Honours B.A., Social Development Studies
    • Honours B.A., Social Development Studies, Arts and Business Regular
    • Honours B.A., Social Development Studies, Arts and Business Co-op Joint Honours with
    • Social Development Studies
    • Social Development Studies Minor


School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley (UCLA) (Website)

 Master Social Welfare (Website)
PhD in Social Welfare (Website)

Research Centers UCLA:

    • Center for Social Services Research
    • Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC)
    • Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services
    • Center for Comparative Family Welfare and Poverty Research
    • Health Research Group
    • Mack Center on Nonprofit Management in the Human Services
    • National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center
    • Center for Child & Youth Policy (an affiliate of the School)
    • California Social Work Education Center

School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) (Website)

Research Centers (SUNY):

    • Center for Excellence in Aging Services & Community Wellness (Philip McCallion, director)
    • Center for Human Services Research (Rose Greene, Director)
    • Center for Innovation in Mental Health Research (Eric Hardiman, director)
    • Institute of Gerontology (Ronald Toseland, director)National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (Mary McCarthy, co-principal investigator)
    • New York State Social Work Education Consortium (Mary McCarthy, director)

School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania (Website)


  • PhD in Social Welfare

Research Centers

    • Center for High Impact Philanthropy
    • Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
    • The Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence
    • Out-of-School Time Resource Center
    • Program for Religion and Social Policy Research

KU School of Social Welfare, The University of Kansas (Website)


    • BSW, MSW, PhD (all in social work but under the School of Social Welfare)

Research Centers

    • Office of Aging and Long-Term Care
    • Office of Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health
    • Office of Mental Health Research and Training
    • Strengths Institute

Washington State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Social Welfare & Social Work (Website)


  • BA in Sociology
  • Undergraduate level (Sociology)/Graduate level: MSW

University of North Florida, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Major: Sociology, Concentration: Social Welfare
Degree undergraduate level: Bachelor of Arts (Website) 

The University of Worcester, Institute of Health and Society

International Centre: (Website)


  • Social Welfare BA (Hons) / Social Welfare BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree
    Undergraduate study (Website)

University of Washington/Tacoma (UW Tacoma) (Website)

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW)
Graduate level: Master of social work
School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Website)   
Social Welfare (B.A./B.S.) and Social Work (B.S.W.)
Welfare is a major offer by the School of Social Work


Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

Master in International Social Welfare and Health Policy (Website)
Graduate level

Applied Studies – Management of Social Welfare Organisation, University of Stirling, UK
Graduate level: M.Sc.

Welfare Policies and Management, Lund University (Website)

Graduate level: M.Sc.

School of Social Sciences, University of Tampere

Joint Master’s Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
Graduate level: M.Soc.Sc. (Website) 

Law and Social Welfare, Bradford College (University Centre), United Kingdom (Website)

Undergraduate level: BA (Hons) Law and Social Welfare

Institute of Social Welfare, University of Lithuania

Undergraduate and graduate studies: BA, MA and PhD in Social Welfare.


Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India (Website)
Undergraduate: B.A. Social Welfare Administration


Department of Social Work, University of South Africa (UNISA)

Undergraduate level: Bachelor of Arts (Health Science And Social Services); Welfare
Science (BWS); Bachelor of Social Work