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College of Social Work

Mission and Program Goals

Earning a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work with individuals, families, groups and communities. As a graduate, you will be prepared to be a leader in the profession as an advanced generalist social worker.


The College of Social Work MSW Program prepares graduates to become advanced practitioners who serve diverse communities in South Carolina and beyond through specialized practice competencies in one or more of the following areas: Children, Youth and Families; Health and Mental Health; and/or Community, Social and Economic Development. The MSW Program will provide students essential knowledge, skills, and values to practice effectively, ethically, and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations.

Program Goals

The program produces Master’s-level social workers who provide competent and ethical practice with, and on behalf of, diverse and vulnerable populations.

The program produces Master’s-level social workers who demonstrate a strong professional identity and ability to advance human rights and social and economic justice.

The program produces Master’s-level social workers whose professional judgment demonstrates an understanding that person-in-environment perspective requires a critical analysis of practice contexts and research findings.