College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

MSW in Social Work


The primary MSW curriculum goal is to prepare students for a professional career in social work. All programs are based on an Advanced Generalist Practice model designed to provide a broad-based set of knowledge, skills, and values necessary for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.


The mission of the School of Social Work is to provide accessible, high quality education for generalist practice at the baccalaureate level and advanced generalist practice at the graduate level. We educate students to be ethical, knowledgeable, and versatile practitioners and leaders who value collaboration, social and economic justice, and lifelong Learning.

Goals & Objectives

To fulfill its mission, the MSW Program will work toward the following goals:

  1. Prepare social workers to provide leadership for social service agencies and communities in Northern California and the profession.
  2. Prepare social workers with the knowledge, values, ethics and skills for advanced generalist professional practice with multi-level systems.
  3. Prepare social workers for culturally competent practice in diverse settings with an emphasis on the Northern California region.
  4. Prepare social workers as leaders in advocacy and social and political action to promote human rights, social and economic justice.
  5. Prepare social workers to commit themselves to the profession enhancement and their own professional conduct and growth.
  6. Partner with community service agencies to produce competent social workers
  7. Prepare social workers to think critically and effectively utilize various sources of information to build on strengths and address complex problems.

Learning Outcomes