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MSW Program Goals & Objectives


MSW Program Goals & Objectives

The program has 13 objectives derived from the four (4) program goals.  The program implements implements its objectives through the curriculum and other activities.

Goal 1     To prepare students for advanced social work practice providing services to families.

  • Objective 1.1     Upon completion of the MSW degree program, graduates will work with a generalist practice perspective, use critical thinking and differential communication skills.
  • Objective 1.2     Students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills of advanced social work practice with an advanced concentration that focuses on families to analyze and intervene in systems of diverse types and size.
  • Objective 1.3     Students will be guided in their practice by ethical principles and the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Objective 1.4     Students will critically analyze and apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social variable that affect individual and family development and behavior and use theoretical frameworks to understand the interventions among individuals and between individuals and social systems.
  • Objective 1.5     Students will use supervision and consultation appropriate to advanced social work practice providing services to families.
  • Objective 1.6     Students will practice without discrimination, understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change toward goals of social and economic justice.

Goal 2     To prepare graduates with requisite opportunities to develop a commitment to a civil society, contribution to the profession and their community, and to lifelong learning.

  • Objective 2.1     Students will continue to participate in educational activities such as workshops, regional and national conferences, and by pursuing doctoral education following graduation.
  • Objective 2.2     Students will conduct empirical evaluations of their own practice interventions and those of other relevant systems.
  • Objective 2.3     Students will evaluate relevant research studies and apply findings to practice, and demonstrate skills in quantitative and qualitative research design, data analysis, and knowledge dissemination.

Goal 3     To prepare graduates who can work with individuals, families, groups and communities of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds, and of differing ages, abilities, social classes, and sexual orientation.

  • Objective 3.1     Students will work effectively with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities across ethnic, racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation, geographic, age, economic and class lines.
  • Objective 3.2     Students will maintain self-awareness in their professional activities, and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the diversity and definition of families as identified by their clients.


Goal 4     To prepare graduates who can assume the profession's commitment and responsibility to work to improve the quality of life of populations at greatest risk, and to the promotion of social and economic justice.

  • Objective 4.1     Students will understand the forms and mechanisms of oppressiona and discrimination and the strategies and skills of change that advance social and economic justice.
  • Objective 4.2     Students will understand and interpret the history of the social work profession, its current structures and issues, and demonstrate skill in analyzing the impact of social policies on client systems, workers and agencies, and analyzing, formulating and influencing social policies.