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Program Mission and Goals

Berkeley MSW Program Mission and Goals

Berkeley Social Welfare educates MSW students for a range of social work leadership and practice roles. Students are prepared to practice with specialized skills at specific intervention levels, and are thoroughly grounded in social science knowledge, social welfare policies, and social service organizations.

MSW Program Mission Statement

Berkeley Social Welfare’s MSW Program develops future leaders of the profession who challenge conventional wisdom by being deeply prepared for multi-level social work in specific areas of practice. We provide an education built on the strongest available evidence, oriented to advancing social justice, and responsive to the changing needs of local and global communities.

MSW Program Goals

The goals of the MSW program are organized around three central themes focused on leadership development:

Leadership for Service

Goal 1: Develop visionary thought and practice leaders who are responsive to communities and individuals, draw upon the best available evidence to continuously improve social work practice and policies, and who are able to change with shifting contexts of social work.

Goal 2: Develop leaders who can flexibly and competently practice social work across multiple ecological levels.

Goal 3: Develop leaders who can engage effectively in collaboration with diverse communities; articulate social problems; and promote innovation in social welfare practices, programs and policies.

Leadership for Social Justice and Social Change

Goal 4: Develop leaders with an understanding of concepts of equality and social justice.

Goal 5: Develop leaders with the skills to promote meaningful and productive change with and in underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

Leadership for Evidenced-informed and Competency-based Practice

Goal 6: Develop leaders with the capacity to utilize research to support practice, and practice to support research, and translate the best available evidence into practice principles.

Goal 7: Develop leaders with skills to work collaboratively with numerous community partners to gather and analyze evidence that reflects the changing needs of our communities.