In Ethiopia, the School of Social Work was opened initially during the 1950’s at Addis Ababa University. However, in the mid-1970s due to ideological differences of the then government the School of Social Work was closed. Following the change of government, the School of Social Work in Ethiopia was changed to the discipline of Applied Sociology, like other Eastern Countries soon after closure. Social work Education in Ethiopia re-emerged at the Masters Level, in September of 2004. With the successful completion of the first batch of students in social work, the PhD program in Social Work and Social Development was opened at Addis Ababa University in August 2006. Having gone through this development, in 2008 the school has reopened a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. The curriculums of were designed based on the need assessment from different stakeholders at national level such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and other Civic organizations working in Ethiopia. In addition, it is designed based on the standards international social work organizations like the International Association Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and International Federation of Social Work (IFSW).


The School of Social Work has put its institutional vision as “Social justice is realized in Ethiopia with the School of Social Work, CSS, Addis Ababa University, as a leading institution of social work education in Africa, excelling in teaching, research, consultancy and public service.”


The School of Social Work, CSS, Addis Ababa University, exists to contribute to equity and social justice in Ethiopia by undertaking quality research, promoting excellence in teaching, developing a professional knowledge base, producing capable social workers and empowering people and communities.”