The Master of Social Work program prepares graduates for advanced social work practice with disenfranchised clients. The organizing framework for the M.S.W. program is the strengths-based empowerment approach. This approach emphasizes helping individuals, families, and communities recognize and utilize their capacities; gain awareness of available options; understand the barriers and obstacles they may face; reinforce their hopes and aspirations; and integrate internal and external resources to improve the quality of their lives. The M.S.W. program focuses on advanced direct practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Areas of substantive focus are child and family, mental health, and aging.
A critical purpose of the M.S.W. program is to develop competent, ethical, and effective professionals capable of utilizing advanced knowledge, skills, and values to promote social justice in the delivery of social services within a diverse society. The integration social work knowledge, values, and skills are achieved through both academic coursework and field placement experiences.
The program has achieved candidacy accreditation status (February 2005) by the Council on Social Work Education and is currently seeking initial-accreditation status.