Strong communities and organizations need big-picture thinkers who can solve large-scale problems while supporting the needs of individuals. Social workers are increasingly taking on that role, becoming the voice that helps large organizations thrive without losing sight of those who depend on them.

Students in the Social Change and Innovation track at USC’s online MSW program study topics that include:

  • Organizational leadership
  • Business and community environments
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Juvenile justice
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Social justice


The Social Change and Innovation track consists of three courses, with a curriculum focused on how social work innovation applies to global systems. You will explore evidence-based research in both business and community development by taking courses that focus on these areas of study.

Community development and social change courses teach students to think critically about communities and organizations, and develop strategies and programs that facilitate change.

Social work and business courses equip students with the skills they need to develop corporate social responsibility initiatives, and to guide business toward positive community relationships.

Career Opportunities

MSW graduates who select a focus in social change and innovation are prepared to work in a range of settings, which include:

  • Advocacy organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Corporations
  • Employee assistance programs (EAP)
  • Foundations