Pathway to Social Work at the University of Houston

The Bhupat & Jyoti Mehta Family Foundation (MFF) supported renovation of the Graduate School of Social Work Building at the University of Houston. The main feature of the renovated building is the grand entrance of the new Mehta Family Community Pavilion, which features an open and welcoming design that adds a modern style and character to the previously nondescript exterior. The space, dedicated to the work done by the faculty and students, celebrates the continuous impact graduates of the program have made in Texas and beyond. 

Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership, and engagement. It provides students with cutting-edge programs, including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance, and continuing education. The University of Houston, home to award-winning faculty and innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation and alumni who have become international leaders.

The Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) was established in 1967 and has evolved over time to its current standing as a nationally recognized program.  GCSW is housed in a four-story building on campus and includes 24 full-time faculty and approximately 15 adjunct faculty. The faculty boasts individuals whose writings have been considered for the Pulitzer Prize, and GCSW is the only social work program in the world to have a Nobel laureate on its faculty.

Today there are approximately 350 students enrolled in the Master’s in Social Work (MSW) program, with an additional 40 students in the PhD program. More than 4,000 individuals have received their MSW degrees from the University of Houston.


Houston, Texas, a sprawling metropolis in the southeastern United States, stands as a beacon of diversity and innovation. Renowned for its role in space exploration, the city houses NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Houston’s skyline is a mix of modern skyscrapers, reflecting its status as an economic powerhouse. With a thriving arts scene, the Museum District offers cultural delights, while the lush parks and outdoor spaces provide a balance to urban life. The city’s culinary scene, influenced by its multicultural population, boasts a variety of delicious cuisines. Houston truly encapsulates the spirit of Texas with a cosmopolitan twist.

The University of Houston’s proud heritage of academic excellence dates back to its founding in 1927, when its primary focus was training future teachers. At that time, it was called Houston Junior College and classes were held on the San Jacinto High School campus.

Over the years, we grew and prospered, becoming the University of Houston in 1934. Two years later, the institution acquired land for a permanent campus, and its first building opened in 1939. In 1947, the institution launched one of its many rich traditions by adopting the cougar, later named Shasta, as its official mascot. The university became a state institution in 1963 and joined the newly created University of Houston System in 1977.

Students

Students who are interested in learning more about enrollment or placement requirements should contact the University of Houston
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International Faculty

International Faculty who are interested in partnering with IIT Kanpur should contact MFF.
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