Master of Social Work Program

Through education and research the University of Utah College of Social Work contributes to shaping policies, services, and interventions; to preventing and alleviating human suffering; to enhancing individual, family, community, and global well-being; and to promoting social and economic justice. The Master of Social Work Program is structured to support collaborative work in social work education, research, and public service. Partnerships with more than 300 off-campus social service agencies offer students opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills. The College has a strong commitment to diversity and social justice, which is reflected in the student body, faculty, and staff, as well as within the curriculum, enrichment activities, and student support groups.

The Master of Social Work Program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1951. Accredited programs go through an intensive reaffirmation process every seven years. The MSW program was reaffirmed in 2011.

The MSW Program strives to:

  • Provide the most current knowledge and skills drawn from various disciplines
  • Build students' awareness of professional ethical responsibilities
  • Strengthen social work practice through creative and responsive programming, research, and services
  • Use instructional and practice relevant technology
  • Advance social work knowledge and theory through research and scholarship
  • Use instructional and practice relevant technology;
  • Develop and nurturing reciprocal relationships with professionals, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Work collaboratively within a social and professional context
  • Develop and nurturing an appreciation for diversity and the elimination of discrimination

Consistent with the CSWE’s core competences, the MSW Program is designed to train students to:

  • Identify as professional social workers and conduct themselves accordingly
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  • 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 social work services
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

Is an MSW the right degree for me?

University of Utah MSW Assessment of Learning Outcomes