Master of Social Work Mission and Goals

MSW Program Mission Statement

The MSW Program’s mission is to prepare advanced professional social workers who possess a strong generalist foundation. Our students benefit from our unique crossover design that enables them to select one concentration area, Individuals and Families (I&F) or Community and Organizational (C&O) Practice, while integrating courses from the complementary practice area. Our students partner with Appalachian and global communities and engage in interprofessional collaboration to advance the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities.  Our graduates are leaders in addressing the complexities of social problems, challenging systems of oppression and advancing social, economic, and environmental justice.


MSW Program Goals

  • Provide graduate students with social work education that is grounded in the profession’s history, purposes, and philosophy, and based on a body of knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes.
  • Provide graduate students with an integrated professional social work foundation curriculum that is based in the liberal arts, and an advanced curriculum that is built from the professional foundation.
  • Prepare graduates who can function with a high degree of autonomy and effectiveness within diverse social work settings.
  • Prepare graduates who contribute to the quality of services in their organizations and communities with an emphasis on the service region.
  • Prepare graduates to fill leadership roles in the agencies and communities they serve with emphasis on the service region.
  • Prepare graduates with the knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and methods of innovative advanced social work practice with individuals and families with an emphasis on the service region.
  • Prepare graduates with the knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and methods of innovative advanced social work practice with communities and organizations, with an emphasis on the service region.