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School of Social Work
School of Social Work

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What is Social Work?

As one of the fastest growing professions, social work continues to expand its values and historic role in meeting the social challenges of a changing society, and addressing the diverse needs of individuals, families and communities everywhere. Read more.

about the school.

The mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Grace Abbott School of Social Work is to educate students to become highly qualified social workers who serve people of all ages and influence the systems that affect them, to advance knowledge through teaching and research, and to engage with diverse communities to promote socially just societies.

How to contact us

Phone: 402-554-2792; Fax: 402-554-3788

Mail: 6001 Dodge Street, CB 206, Omaha, NE 68182

Street location: 6001 Dodge Street, CPACS Building, Room 206


Click here to view information about the School's reaffirmation.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has continuously accredited both the MSW (since 1940) and BSSW (since 1975) programs, awarding reaffirmation of accreditation in 1997 through the year 2013. The University of Nebraska at Omaha Grace Abbott School of Social Work offers the only accredited MSW program in Nebraska, and is the only such program within a 250-mile radius.

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There are 11 total standing and ad hoc committees that make up the school’s governance. These committees are comprised of social work faculty, staff, students, and community representatives and are assigned the responsibility for initiating, monitoring, and evaluating all Grace Abbott School of Social Work policies and procedures. The committee structure within the School facilitates democratic faculty participation in program planning and governance, goal setting and decision-making, and the fulfillment of the mission, goals and objectives of the School. Ad hoc committees of the School are appointed by the director as needed. Planning and decision-making with regard to policies are initiated from within the various committees and moved through appropriate channels before final presentation to the Executive Body.

View entire list of committees, members, and descriptions.

Theoretical Base

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History of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work

Established in 1937, the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work has gleaned local, regional, and national recognition for our excellence in teaching, leadership in research, and commitment to service. Learn more about our history.

Affirmative Action Statement

The Grace Abbott School of Social Work is committed to Affirmative Action/Policies prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment as stated and defined in the general policies of the UNO graduate and undergraduate catalogues. The Grace Abbott School of Social Work is also committed to maintaining a faculty, staff and student body which reflects, meets and surpasses the racial demographics of the Omaha Metro Community. These policies are also based on social work values and ethics. The Grace Abbott School of Social Work has done the following to attain these goals:

Curriculum.The BSSW and MSW programs infuse diversity content throughout the entire curriculum.  However, the BSSW program requires a course on racism and discrimination, i.e. Race, Class, and Gender. At the MSW foundation level, Institutional Oppression is a required course. In addition, one 3-credit hour course on minority content is required at the BSSW level, which may include: Social Work with African American Families, Social Work with American Indians, Social Work with Latinos, and/orWorking with the Minority Elderly. These minority content courses are also available to MSW students as electives. 

Admissions. Admission to the social work program is open to anyone regardless of race, color, creed, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, gender or sexual orientation. The School encourages application from all qualified candidates, and welcomes students representing diverse backgrounds (e.g., racial, cultural, economic).