Creating Change and Improving Quality of Life

Our alumni promote human well-being among individuals, families, and communities

Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work at George Mason University for more than 40 years has prepared students to focus on improving the well-being of individuals, families, and community; advocate for social justice; and develop programs and policies that address unemployment, poverty, and discrimination. As a CSWE-accredited program, the department focuses on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs at all levels (from the individual to the community) to affect social change.  Located just 15 miles from the nation’s capital, we are in an ideal region to directly impact social change on the local and national level. Our alumni improve well-being and create meaningful government policies that transform lives.

Influence Changes That Have Lasting Impact

  • Learn how community practice, organizational leadership, and policy practice improves lives of individuals and communities
  • Cultivate a skill set that emphasizes empowerment, inclusion, and systems transformation
  • Acquire the cultural competencies needed to address the needs of diverse populations
  • Gain hands-on experiences in international, national, government, and community field sites

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Older Adults

Our work with older adults includes end-of-life issues, patient autonomy, and the need for supportive services for patients and caregivers.

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Children and Youth

Our research focuses on child and youth welfare and social skills, as well as understanding how youth become disconnected from social institutions.

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Behavioral Health

Our work includes implementing best practices for behavioral health interventions across the life span.

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Our research explores the social determinants of health inequalities for immigrants, as well as the intersection of social work and law.

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Meet our Alumni

Hear from our alumni why social work should be a part of your career pathway.


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Abigail Ballew

Abigail Ballew
BSW '15

Hannah Kane

Hannah Kane
MSW '12

Sabrina Kiser

Sabrina Kiser
MSW '14