The Master's in Social Work program prepares students to become ethical and competent social work professionals in today’s rapidly changing world. All students receive training in cultural competence, technology, communication, social work values, collaboration, global understanding, and problem solving. Students will develop the necessary skills to:
Enhance the functioning of individuals, families, groups, and organizations
Empower individuals and families to strengthen their communities
Assume leadership in the human services delivery system
Influence public policies to advance social justice
Core Competencies (Council on Social Work Education, 2015)
Demonstrate Ethical & Professional Behavior
Engage Diversity & Difference in Practice
Advance Human Rights & Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
Engage in Practice-Informed Research & Research-Informed Practice
Engage in Policy Practice
Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, & Communities
Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, & Communities
Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, & Communities
Social Change Concentration:
Analyze legal precedents and apply the law to social work practice and social policy.
Empower communities by engaging in community needs assessment and planning, locality development, resource enhancement, and community organizing to meet the needs of diverse and at-risk populations.
Assume enterprising leadership in the social work profession, the workplace, and the larger community consistent with social work values, best practices, organizational leadership, and management principles.
Clinical Practice Concentration:
Utilize advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with evidence-based interventions to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities with respect to health and mental health issues and conditions.
Maintain and enhance the resiliency of vulnerable individuals, families and groups with respect to rehabilitation and recovery from trauma and violence, disaster, and displacement, utilizing local, regional, national, and international models of intervention.
Advocate for social justice in the availability and accessibility of health and mental health services for at-risk persons in the community and for persons who are mandated clients within the social service, mental health and legal systems.