From the Director


Social work has a rich history serving the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations. From the Settlement House movement in the 19th century to today, professional social workers provide an array of services to those in need and change policies and systems for the betterment of all. The MSW program at Pacific University believes in service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry.

Our MSW program will prepare you to be a culturally-competent, highly trained, advanced generalist social worker who is ready to work with individuals, from children to older adults, families, and communities. Depending on the concentration you choose, you will have special preparation to work with immigrant and native Latino peoples and to become a leader in the fields of health and wellness, including mental health.

You will be challenged. Yet the small class sizes at Pacific University allow for individualized instruction and mentoring from experienced professors and our geographic location (Eugene, OR) provides opportunities to explore social work practice in both rural and urban settings.  We believe that close relationships between faculty and students and an emphasis on experiential, hands-on learning are essential to developing strong, professional social workers.

At Pacific University, we provide our students with the tools they need to become competent and ethical, professional social workers.  We invite you to visit campus, meet our faculty and students and sit in on a class— just contact our Admissions Office. On behalf of our students, faculty, staff and administration, welcome to Pacific University!

Don Schweitzer, PhD, LMSW
Interim MSW Director