University of Southern California Reviews - Social Work

3.86 out of 5 stars
(7 Reviews)
  • Los Angeles (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $56,225
100% of 7 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 7 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Catherine Humenuk - 4/15/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015
"The online MSW program at USC allows students from anywhere to access excellent professors and a fantastic alumni network. The program offers concentrations in a variety of areas, from macro practice to mental health to military social work. Professors are knowledgeable and passionate. The alumni network - Trojan Nation - is amazing and allows you to find job opportunities anywhere you go in the US."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Ydc1231 - 6/7/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"I am a perennial student, pursuing my second masters, and had my share of learning experiences. So I can attest that the professors and education quality is the best I have experienced. I've never been so excited about my future because I know I will be trained as one of the best in my field."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nadine Momoyo Diaz, M.S.W. - 5/4/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2005
"I was accepted into the MSW program at USC in 2001 and at the time only 195 students were accepted among approximately 2500 applicants. The school ranked 8 in the nation. Great education, top school, individualized attention, a lot of work and many connections that will continue to grow throughout one's professional career. I recommend USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lisa Taylor - 12/14/2015
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015
"RUN! Do not enroll in the USC online program!! 50% of your education is your internship. The ‘how-to’ of being a therapist is only learned at your internship, and your internship is suppose to be a classroom experience. USC will place you anywhere they can. They do not care and do not ensure that the placement is appropriate, even when notified of issues. USC does not orient the agencies, and the agencies do not understand their responsibilities. Students are held accountable for the actions of others, and put in unsafe internships. Students were sexually harassed, verbally abused, impede ethics, witness abuse of clients, and were physically unsafe, but USC refused to get them out of their internship. At USC, when there are problems, do not look for support from professors, the field team, or deans; It is ironic that this is the school of social work. Soo many students are fired, and if an agency wants to declare the firing as an ethics issue, then you cannot take your test for licensure. When fired, the students are instructed to take a leave of absence or drop the program, drop the field practicum class, and not receive credit. This means that it takes an extra semester to graduate at our expense ($7,000), if they allow you to stay in the program. Instructors only check in mid-semester with the agencies. USC does not follow their own manual and there is no recourse. Good luck finding a lawyer or support with the national associations that are suppose to oversee USC. Many of us tried. The agencies, student, and USC sign contracts, but it does not protect the students."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Jamie - 12/18/2014
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014
"USC is the worst school I have ever had the displeasure of attending. If you keep your mouth shut and your head down, you can probably get a degree with little/no problems. However, if you question their policies and really try to advocate for yourself, be prepared to deal with "professionals" that are mean spirited, lack integrity, and have almost zero understanding of the law. Even when you prove to them in writing where that are inaccurate or have misrepresented the facts, their egos do not allow them to do the right thing and they will throw students under the bus and expose the university to liability to maintain indefensible positions. If you another alternative, pass on USC."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Linda - 8/7/2014
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014
"USC is a great school that provides you a tremendous amount of networking, opportunities and resources. The education was wonderful and curriculum is designed to provide you the best knowledge for your field. The only limitation is the financial aid and tuition expenses. USC is not a cheap school and scholarships are sacred."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Joanna Catherine Kelly - 8/6/2014
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013
"Overall, USC's Master of Social Work Program is wonderful and I feel so blessed I was able to attain this degree. For two years, I was able to grow tremendously not only as an individual, but as a professional. I was able to gain an extensive amount of real world knowledge in regards to how leaders in the field think and what is the most cutting edge developments. I felt a lot more prepared in understanding that I was more interested in the macro aspect of social work as opposed to the clinical side. I was told that I did not necessarily have to fit into the traditional role of social work and that the industry has expanded greatly in recent years. I feel happy being able to proudly say that this program has prepared individuals into being hired as managers, supervisors and upper level administrative roles. I was able to understand my strengths and navigate my path into the nonprofit sector. It taught me to be patient during the job hunt and that sometimes you do have to start at the bottom and work your way up by gaining entry level experience. I loved how the professors shared their own personal experiences in their job trajectory and encouraged us to continue to learn and be willing to take risks. I would recommend that upon entering graduate school that you candidates should do research and make sure they are dedicated 100% because this is an expensive program. The only con to completing this program is the high tuition cost and the low amount of money awarded to students. Fight on!"
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