College of Social Work


Social Work

M.S.W. in Social Work

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Masters in Social Work program is to prepare students for social work practice locally, nationally, and globally. Social work practice includes efforts designed to enhance the wellbeing of communities, families, and individuals. The MSW program teaches students skills to promote social and economic justice, to shape institutional polices, and to enhance the delivery of mental health and social welfare services. Students enrolled in the MSW program take courses concurrent with doing field work. Field work involves working part-time in an agency or with a program that strives to enhance human wellbeing; field placements are located primarily within Utah though available in other states and internationally.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.