Learning Outcomes — Master of Social Work

  • Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
  • Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.
  • Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients' age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
  • Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
  • Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
  • Apply the knowledge and skills of a generalist social work perspective to practice with systems of all sizes.
  • Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.
  • Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions.
  • Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.
  • Use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.
  • Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.

Clinical Concentration objectives:

  1. Students are able to apply advanced clinical social work knowledge and skills from the clinical concentration to work with diverse populations; emphasizing their inherent strengths and coping resilience.
  2. Students are able to demonstrate their ability to advance the quality of their work and their commitment to the larger social work profession.
  3. Students are able to articulate the program's conception of advanced clinical practice; including theories, practice skills, policy and research principles.
  4. Students are effective in providing clinical social work services to a variety of client populations.
  5. Students are able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of research designs and methods through practical application.