Social Work


  • Mission Statement

    The master of social work (MSW) program at Weber State University was designed to be consistent with the mission of the institution, the unique demands of WSU students, local and regional needs for social service and social welfare providers, the purpose and values of the social work profession, the educational policy and accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education, and expected knowledge, skills, and ethics of professional social workers. The program is guided by this mission, its specific goals, and core social work competencies.

    MSW Program Mission Statement:

    The WSU Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is grounded in principles of harm reduction, a set of practical strategies, practices, and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with all types of human behavior, and a movement for social justice, built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of all people. With this as its foundation, the program prepares students for advanced clinical practice with diverse people and systems in a wide variety of settings and contexts, with special focus on the unique needs of individuals, families, and communities in northern Utah and the broader intermountain region. Particular attention is given to clinical practice skills that are relevant to the culture and needs of the area's growing Latinx population. Emphasis is place on interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of knowledge, skills, and ethics required of masters-level practitioners. The Program also emphasizes an underlying value of service to individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and institutions. Graduates of the MSW Program are charged with commitment to the development of human well-being, to social justice, and to the alleviation of poverty and oppression.

This information is part of the cyclical program review process. Details such as mission statements, learning outcomes, etc., are updated as part of the biennial assessment reporting process, an integral component of program review.