University of Alaska Anchorage

Featured Stories 


  • Homeless man

    Brocious, Erisman, Devientieff publish article that focuses on the role trauma plays in the adjustment to Housing First


    January 4, 2021

    UAA School of Social Work Associate Professor Dr. Heidi Brocious and adjunct professor Morgan Erisman, along with UAF Social Work Clinical Associate Professor Dr. LaVerne Demientieff, have published an article in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, titled Thawing out: understanding adjustment to housing first through an ecological and trauma-informed lens, which focuses on the role trauma plays in the adjustment to Housing First.

  • Portrait of Ian Foster

    MSW student Ian Foster releases short documentary, titled Modern Subsistence


    December 6, 2020

    Set in beautiful northwest Alaska, Modern Subsistence is a documentary short by Ian Foster, a University of Alaska Anchorage School of Social Work master's student. Foster explores questions with modern hunter-gatherers in an effort to discover if/how ancient customs and modern society can coexist. What is our relationship to one another? To the planet? What values transcend time and culture? How do we know when we have enough?

  • Tracey Burke

    Allen chosen as RWJF Social Work Health Futures Lab fellow


    December 7, 2020

    Congratulations to School of Social Work Associate Professor and MSW Program Coordinator Mary Dallas Allen for being selected as a fellow for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Social Work Health Futures Lab. According to Portland State University, the national cohort is comprised of 26 social work experts from the U.S. and Canada, "who will spend the next 18 months learning about how to apply a futures lens to some of the most challenging problems of society." Learn more about the RWJF national cohort.

  • Tracey Burke

    Burke part of article published on diet quality of pantry foods


    November 4, 2020

    Social Work Professor Tracey Burke and Dietetics and Nutrition Program Assistant Professor Amanda Walch published an article in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, titled The Nutrient Quality of Foods Provided to Clients at the Largest Food Pantry in Alaska. The project—a partnership between Burke and Walch—grew out of Burke's long-standing partnership with Food Bank of Alaska and associated pantries.


social work student faculty group photo

The School of Social Work prides itself on an impeccable academic and professional reputation as well as dedication and strong commitment to supporting the student population. Social work is a profession committed to assisting individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and society as a whole in the improvement of the quality of life through the amelioration of social problems, equitable distribution of social resources, and client empowerment.

The School of Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). At UAA, you will receive a solid professional education in our BSW and MSW programs and will also experience a tremendous sense of collegial and student support.

The mission of the UAA BSW Program is to prepare generalist social workers who enhance human well-being and promote social and economic justice for people of all backgrounds, particularly those in Alaska. The purpose of the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Alaska Anchorage is to prepare graduates for beginning professional social work practice. Preparation for professional practice builds on a broad based liberal arts education accomplished through completion of General Education and major degree requirements.

The mission of the UAA MSW Program is to prepare advanced generalist social workers who enhance human well-being and promote social and economic justice for people of all backgrounds, particularly those in Alaska. Alaska's unique and rich multicultural populations, geographic remoteness, and frontier status allow the real potential for skilled social work professionals to make a profound impact on social and economic injustice in our state.



The UAA School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. 

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

CSWE Accredited by the council on social work education

Contact Us

School of Social Work
Professional Studies Building, Suite 234
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK  99508
Tel: 907-786-6900

Child Welfare Academy

The Child Welfare Academy (CWA) trains and develops professional workers who work with Alaska children and families to assure children are safe and families are strong. CWA strives to be the training facility for Alaska social workers and child welfare professionals.

CWA underwent a name change from the Family and Youth Services Training Academy (FYSTA) to the Child Welfare Academy to better represent its commitment to new innovations in training, curriculum, and staff.

Child Welfare Academy

AHEC Scholars 

AHEC Scholars is a two-year program designed to supplement and broaden a student’s healthcare training. Any student enrolled in their final two years of an Alaskan healthcare program can apply. An abbreviated form of the program, requiring half as many hours, is available to students enrolled in a degree or certificate program taking two years or less. 

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