Philippine School of Social Work
Bachelor of Science in Social Work
Master of Science in Social Work with specialization in Social Administration
Master of Science in Social Work with specialization in Social Work Education and Practice
Master of Arts in Social Development with specialization in Policy Research and Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development

Bachelor of Science in Social Work - The development of students as generalists empowering individuals, groups, families and communities towards their transformation and liberation from the cycle of poverty through a well integrated program of theory and practice, skills in social analysis, research, advocacy, social action and social legislation.

The students are trained to work with business, government and civil society for an integrated effort to bring about the well being of society.

With the above, the program contributes to the formation of social capital at the base of the socio-economic pyramid, as able participants in social development efforts.

Master of Science in Social Work - The master’s degree program in Social Work develops a core of specialists in the fields of Social Administration, Social Work Education, Advanced Social Work Practice and International Relations Diplomacy.

Graduates of this program are the middle level managers/supervisors of NGOs, GOs and Social Action groups engaged in social work and social development efforts.

Master of Arts in Social Development - The program prepares the students for advocacy in social development issues and advanced practice in working with children, youth and women entrepreneurial management and leadership in social development.

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development - The doctoral program starts off with the end in view. Students are coached to reflect and identify their leadership role in society at the end of the program. This will then be the direction and focus of the teaching-learning pedagogy contextualized in national ASEAN and global reality from the basic contents to on the job transformatory praxis to field practicum up to the dissertation requirement.

This approach, which is tunnel focused is expected to produce transformed leaders of national, ASEAN and international organization engaged in social and humanitarian work.


The Philippine Women’s University considers the Philippine School of Social work as one of its professional bridges to span the distance between “science on one hand and humanities on the other.” The PSSW strives to provide sound professional training, working towards the integration to classroom studies and field instruction and research.

As early as 1947, undergraduate social work courses were offered by the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences as one of the areas for a major or a minor field of study toward the degrees of bachelor of Arts. In response to the need for professional training of social welfare practitioners, the PSSW was established in 1950.

As the pioneering professional School of Social Work in the Philippines in 1950, the Philippine School of Social Work has, through the decades, stood by this essence in the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs.


Evelyn B. Valencia

My dear graduates,

You have chosen Social Work as your profession. It is one profession that is unique in its essence, purpose and process. It is a profession that aims to promote the growth and empowerment of people, through a well integrated program, for greater social justice where there exist oppression, discrimination and inequality amongst marginalized individuals, families, groups and communities.

Your alma mater has prepared you for this extraordinary mission integrating the core values with the social work curriculum towards societal transformation.

Go forth and make a difference in your service to God, people and country!


Valencia, Evelyn B.

Sabalboro, Rhea V.


EVELYN B. VALENCIA is currently a faculty member at the Philippine Women’s University who specializes in case management, collaboration and coordination, interviewing, research, administration and supervision, coaching and mentoring, advocacies and trainings. She has extensive experience in welfare services, particularly in child protection, healing and recovery, capacity building, emergency response, organizational development and networking to both government and civil society organization. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker. She attended and participated in various international and local conferences related to children in need of special protection and children in emergencies. She is a committee member of the Regional Sub Committee for the Welfare of Children, the Committee on Family and Alternative Parental Care, National Nutrition Council and the Philippine Association of Social Workers.

RHEA V. SABALBORO is a Registered Social Worker who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and her Master of Science in Social Work at the Asian Social Institute, Manila, under the school’s residence scholarship program. She was the Assistant Program Manager of Families and Children for Empowerment and Development (FCED) Foundation and became the Over-all Coordinator for the health and livelihood programs, facilitating direct services among children and their families in Paco and Pandacan, Manila. She also served as Training Officer of Childhope Asia Philippines and later on asits Program Manager for the Street Education Program. She has attended several trainings and seminars on children’s rights, psychosocial interventions, family counseling, community organizing, child sexual abuse and exploitation. She also participated in various conferences and consultation meetings concerning children’s issues, both here and abroad.