Master of Social Work | MSW

Pacific University’s unique master of social work (MSW) program, which is offered at our Eugene Campus, features educational experiences designed to prepare students to work as successful professionals in the social work field. Pacific’s MSW program enrolls our first group of students in Fall 2014. We are on target to secure national accreditation status from the Council on Social Work Accreditation (CSWE). MSW program admission and curriculum requirements are consistent with MSW licensure requirements in the state of Oregon.

Program Mission Statement

Pacific University’s Master of Social Work program offers an advanced degree based on the purpose of the social work profession, which is to promote human and community well-being. Guided by a person-in-environment construct, a global perspective, a respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work’s purpose is carried out through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons.

Grounded in values and ethical principles of social work, the MSW program at Pacific University seeks to provide to the people of the Pacific Northwest culturally-competent, well-trained, professional generalist social workers with advanced training who have special preparation to work with immigrant and native Latino peoples, other persons of color, rural residents, children and older adults, among others.

The MSW program at Pacific University is built upon the values of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry, which are among the core values of social work. These values underpin the explicit and implicit curriculum and frame the profession’s commitment to respect for all people and the quest for social and economic justice.

Assistant Professor, Field Education Director
Foundation Year One**
Summer 
 Course # Title Credits
SocWk 600 Tune-Up for MSWs * 1
Fall
Course # Title Credits
SocWk 501 Basics Social Work & Social Welfare 3
SocWk 511 Human Rights & Social Justice 3
SocWk 521 HBSE I 3
SocWk 531 Generalist Practice I 3
SocWk 541 Foundation Field Practicum I 4
  Total Credits 16
Spring
Course # Title Credits
SocWk 551 Research Methods 3
SocWk 561 Influencing Social Policy 3
SocWk 522 HBSE II 3
SocWk 532 Generalist Practice II (Macro) 3
SocWk 542 Foundation Field Practicum II 4
  Total Credits 16
Year Two: Latino Studies Concentration
Fall
SocWk 601 Spanish for Social Workers 3
SocWk 611 Latino Family and Culture 3
SocWk 621 Advanced Research Methodology 3
  Social Work Electives 3
SocWk 643 Advanced Field Practicum III 4
  Total Credits 16
Winter
SocWk 631 Immersion in Latin America 4
  Total Credits 4
Spring
SocWk 651 Wellness With Latino Clients 3
  Social Work Elective 3
SocWk 622 Professional Capstone Presentation 3
SocWk 644 Advanced Field Practicum IV 4
  Total Credits 13
Year Two: Wellness & Mental Health Concentration
Fall
SocWk 601 Conversational Spanish for Social Workers 3
SocWk 611 Latino Family and Culture 3
SocWk 621 Advanced Research in SW (Program Evaluation) 3
  Social Work Elective 3
SocWk 643 Advanced Field Practicum III 4
  Total Credits 16
Spring
SocWk 661 Mental Health Diagnosis 3
SocWk 671 Adv Therapeutic Approaches Mental Health 3
SocWk 622 Professional capstone Presentation 3
  Social Work Elective 3
SocWk 644 Advanced Field Practicum IV 4
  Total Credits 16

 

* SocWk 600 is required for “Advanced Standing” students who have not been enrolled in a BSW program a year or longer prior to the fall of their Concentration Year in the MSW program.

** Note: Students who have completed a BSW degree within five years prior to beginning the MSW program may apply for Advanced Standing status and, if accepted, waive the entire (first) Foundation Year of the curriculum. After taking SocWk 600, they begin the program in Year 2 (the Concentration Year). Only students possessing a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program may be admitted to advanced standing status.