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Pacific’s Master of Social Work program offers an advanced generalist practice degree. Students receive a foundation in human rights and social justice and gain skills in providing culturally responsive services, mental health diagnoses, and advanced therapeutic approaches. During both the foundation and concentration years of the program, students serve their field education practicums under the supervision of an MSW field instructor and the administration of the MSW field director.
Admission & Program Policies
Please refer to the MSW Student Handbook for current admission requirements and program policies.
The MSW is a full-time, two-year program (64 credits). Advanced Standing students typically complete only the second year’s curriculum, but individual backgrounds may require additional coursework; a minimum of 33 credits is required.
Program Learning Outcomes
Our Student Learning outcomes are set forth from the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (2015) of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Specifically, the master of social work program at Pacific seeks to:
- Competency 1–Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
- Competency 2 –Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
- Competency 3 –Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
- Competency 4 –Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
- Competency 5 –Engage in Policy Practice
- Competency 6 –Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Competency 7 –Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Competency 8 –Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Competency 9 –Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities