Adding Life to Years

Quality of life, through the end-of-life, involves decision making, autonomy, and supportive services for patients and caregivers. Social work plays a key role in assisting people through this stage of life.

Promoting Well Being

Behavioral health challenges can come between people, their friends and family, and their overall health and quality of life. Our work addresses these challenges across the life span.

Connecting with Children and Youth

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

Navigating Immigration

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


Social Work Students Collaborate
Gain Hands-On Experience, Transform Lives

Our graduates acquire a perspective and skill set that emphasizes empowerment, inclusion, and systems transformation. 

The Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work at George Mason University for more than 40 years has prepared students to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. As a CSWE-accredited program, the department focuses on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs at all levels 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 levels and create meaningful government policies that transform lives.

Social Work is Essential by Carolyn Leonard

MSW Student, Carolyn Leonard's Artwork Captures the Importance of Social Work

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Artwork by Carolyn Leonard, MSW Student

New Student Stipend Opportunity - Mason Community-Academic Partnerships in Behavioral Health (CAP-BH)

The GMU Social Work Department is pleased to announce a new initiative called Mason Community-Academic Partnerships in Behavioral Health (CAP-BH). Funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), this program is designed to increase the number and quality of MSW professionals with specialized behavioral health training to address the complex issues that arise from untreated trauma and behavioral health issues. Students in the program are offered opportunities to receive specialized training and skills, while also receiving a stipend for participation.   

The Social Work Department will be recruiting specialization year students enrolled in the MSW on-campus program to participate in CAP-BH program. To address questions, there will be three informational sessions to briefly overview the program and find out if you are eligible to participate in the CAP-BH program. 

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