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School Mission

studentsThe mission of the School of Social Work is to expand knowledge regarding social problems and programs, to educate social workers for advanced practice and to provide leadership in the development of socially and economically just policies and programs that strengthen individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.


The School's curriculum supports the mission and recognizes the uniqueness of the region served, including concerns for disadvantaged, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families and communities. Classes provide rigorous and evidence-based content, and give students the opportunity to explore theory, learn intervention skills and engage in challenging dialogue with colleagues.

Educational Preparation

The School offers educational opportunities for:

  • Students seeking the master of social work (MSW) degree
  • Practitioners receiving professional training and technical assistance
  • Administration and legislative policy makers
  • Advanced students seeking a Ph.D.