The University of California, Berkeley provides a Master of Social Welfare degree program. The program is designed to prepare leaders for multi-level social work practice rooted in social justice. Students follow a prescribed plan of study, which prepares them for both generalist and specialized practice. The program offers three specialization area options: Advancing Health and Wellbeing Across the Adult Lifespan; Strengthening Children, Youth and Families; and Strengthening Organizations and Communities. Each student must complete a minimum of 54 units of study, including 25 units of field education. The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study.
Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the flagship institution of the University of California system. The public research university is a founding member of the Association of American Universities. It is home to research institutes including the Center for the Built Environment, the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The university's library system is the fourth-largest academic library system in the nation. In the 1960s, Berkeley was noted for its student-led Free Speech and Anti-Vietnam War movements. The university is counted among the nation's "Public Ivy" institutions. U.S. News & World Report ranks it at No. 24 in Most Innovative Schools, No. 22 in National Universities, and No. 2 in Top Public Schools. The university also ranks third in Social Work at the graduate level.