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. Our MSW program is officially in candidacy with CSWE.

Program Mission Statement

Pacific’s MSW program offers an advanced practice degree based on the purpose of the social work profession— to promote human and community wellbeing. Motivated by a 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, we embrace a person-in-environment construct, a global perspective, a respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry.
 
The small class sizes at Pacific allow for individualized instruction and mentoring from professors, and our geographic location provides opportunities to explore social work practice in both rural and urban settings.
 
The MSW program at Pacific is grounded in the social work professions’ values and ethical principles of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry. We seek to produce culturally competent, highly trained, advanced social work practitioners who have special preparation to work with immigrant and native Latino peoples, and other communities of color, and to become leaders in the fields of health and wellness.

MSW Program Handbook (pdf)

Adjunct Faculty
Assistant Professor, Field Education Director
Associate Dean & Director, School of Social Sciences
Director of Masters of Social Work Program
Adjunct Faculty
Foundation Year One**
Fall
 Course # Title Credits
SocWk 600 Advanced Standing Prep * 1
Fall
Course # Title Credits
SocWk 501 Foundations of Social Welfare & Social Work 3
SocWk 511 Human Rights & Social Justice 3
SocWk 521 HBSE I 3
SocWk 531 Generalist Practice I 3
SocWk 541 Practicum/Seminar I 4
  Total Credits 16
Spring
Course # Title Credits
SocWk 522 HBSE II 3
SocWk 532 Generalist Practice II 3
SocWk 551 Research Methods 3
SocWk 561 Influencing Social Policy 3
SocWk 542 Practicum/Seminar II 4
  Total Credits 16
Year Two: Latino Families and Cultures Concentration
Fall
SocWk 611 Latino Families & Cultures 3
SocWk 621 Advanced Research Methods 3
SocWk 661 Mental Health Diagnosis 3
SocWk 651 Social Ecology of Latino Wellness 3
SocWk 643 Advanced Field Practicum III 4
  Total Credits 16
Winter
SocWk 631 Immersion in Latin America 3
  Total Credits 3
Spring
SocWk 622 MSW Thesis 3
SocWk 671 Advanced Therapeutic Approaches in Wellness and Mental Health 3
SocWk 683 Migration & Human Rights 3
SocWk 685 Beyond the Cycle of Violence 3
SocWk 644 Practicum/Seminar IV 4
  Total Credits 16
Year Two: Health & Wellness Concentration
Fall
SocWk 611 Latino Families and Cultures 3
SocWk 621 Advanced Research Methods 3
SocWk 661 Mental Health Diagnosis 3
SocWk 684 Grief & Loss 3
SocWk 643 Advanced Field Practicum III 4
  Total Credits 16
Spring
SocWk 622 MSW Thesis 3
SocWk 671 Advanced Therapeutic Approaches in Wellness and Mental Health 3
SocWk 6XX Integrated Health Care 3
SocWk 6XX Addictions 3
SocWk 644 Practicum/Seminar 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.