School of Social Work

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The UAA School of Social Work is dedicated to advancing social work practice in Alaska through baccalaureate and master’s education, research, and service. Social work is a profession committed to ethical and research-informed practice that assists individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, advances social, economic, and environmental justice, and engages in policy practice. The School of Social Work offers the following degrees and certificates:


Academic Programs


News & Stories

  • Amanda Metivier, newly appointed Child Welfare Academy director

    Social work alumni Amanda Metivier appointed Child Welfare Academy director

    July 19, 2022

    The University of Alaska Anchorage Child Welfare Academy has named Amanda Metivier its new director.

  • Amana Mbise, Ph.D., closes out his presentation during an Alaska Black Caucus event

    Groundbreaking report sheds light on health disparities experienced by Black Alaskans

    July 8, 2022

    On June 30, Amana Mbise, Ph.D., an assistant professor with the School of Social Work under the College of Health, presented eye-opening findings from the first-ever Black Alaskans Health Status report during the Covid & Beyond: Black Health & Wellness Town Hall at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

  • Kim Kovol

    MSW alumni appointed acting DFCS commissioner

    June 29, 2022

    UAA Master of Social Work alumni Kim Kovol recently was appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy as acting commissioner of the new Alaska Department of Family and Community Services.

  • Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie, MSW alumni

    MSW alumni leads Oregon immigrant and refugee state office

    April 11, 2022

    MSW alumni Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie was featured in an Oregon Capital Chronicle article about her efforts to use her own refugee experience to guide changes in state programs. The new director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement wants to build bridges between state agencies and the people they are supposed to serve.

  • A teacher going over lessons with his students

    Earn an occupational endorsement certificate in Interprofessional Child Welfare

    April 14, 2022

    Build the knowledge and skills you need to launch a career promoting the health and well-being of children and families in Alaska. The occupational endorsement certificate in interprofessional child welfare draws from multiple social services disciplines, giving you a comprehensive training in interprofessional child welfare practices and theories.

Programs & Resources


Photo of Hattie Harvey, Carey Moore, and Mary Dallas AllenProject BLENDS

Project BLENDS is a training program designed to prepare graduates to work collaboratively to support infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children with high intensity social-emotional needs and their families.

Two Alaska Native elders share a moment outdoorsNational Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders

NRC-ANE develops, produces, and disseminates resources that support and advance positive aging in Alaska.

Alaska mountainscapeAlaska Interprofessional Distance Learning Consortium

AK-IDLC is a program that trains graduate students in the delivery of culturally responsive behavioral health care using face-to-face and telehealth methods.

Photo of Mary Louise Rasmuson Operation Mary Louise

OML is an state-wide women veterans project to connect women veterans with resources in Alaska, to build the Alaska women veteran community, and to acknowledge the achievements of women veterans.

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(907) 786-6900



UAA School of Social Work
UAA Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Dr., Suite 205
Anchorage, AK 99508



UAA School of Social Work
3211 Providence Drive, PSB 205
Anchorage, AK 99508