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

  • 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.

  • Amanda Metivier, School of Social Work alumna

    Social work alumna to be honored at UAA Alumni of Distinction banquet

    April 14, 2022

    School of Social Work alumna and 2021 Alumni Humanitarian Amanda Metivier was honored at the UAA Alumni of Distinction celebration banquet. Metivier is the director of the Alaska Child Welfare Academy and co-founder of Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Through her advocacy at both organizations, she has led efforts to expand services and support for foster youth.

  • Amber Arnaqulluk, BSW student

    Calista Education and Culture Inc. features BSW student

    April 18, 2022

    Bachelor of Social Work student Amber Arnaqulluk was featured on a Facebook post by Calista Education and Culture Inc. Way to go, Amber!

  • 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.

  • A child on a parent's hand

    UAA researchers hope to move child welfare away from separation and toward community building

    March 4, 2022

    School of Social Work assistant professor Dr. Jessica Ullrich and Dept. of Human Services associate professor Dr. Yvonne Chase were guests on Talk of Alaska on March 8 to talk about breaking the cycle of removing for Black and Indigenous children.⁠

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