MSW Program Description and Goals

Program Description

The Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Program prepares social workers for advanced professional practice who are innovative leaders bringing superior interpersonal, behavioral, research, and communication skills to the human service delivery system. Through a specialization in either Children, Youth & Families or Adults & Healthy Aging, graduates will be prepared to strengthen their communities, stimulate positive change through advocacy, social, and political action, and help meet local, national, and global challenges.

The MSW program builds upon a foundation of Generalist social work knowledge and skills that integrates micro and macro theory and practice, and emphasizes empowerment and systems transformation. This foundation equips students to enhance human well-being and to promote social and economic justice and human rights through ethical professional practice with culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

On-Campus and Online Options

The MSW is offered in both on-campus and online formats. The content is the same, only the mode of delivery and schedule differs.  Apply now to the on-campus program or learn more about the fully online option.


  1. To prepare social workers with knowledge and advanced skills in direct and clinical practice, organizational leadership, social policy, and community practice to enhance social functioning and alleviate poverty, oppression, and injustice.
  2. To prepare ethical social work leaders who facilitate positive social change locally, nationally, and globally through direct and clinical services, advocacy, social action, and community empowerment in diverse social, cultural, political, and organizational contexts.
  3. To prepare social workers with appropriate knowledge and skills for practice with culturally diverse colleagues and client systems including veterans, LGBTQ populations, economic, religious and racial diversity and human trafficking in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. To prepare social workers who contribute to the social work profession through continuous professional development and leadership activities that promote competent social work practice.