Master of Social Work | MSW

Master's Degree

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. The MSW program is accredited (2017–2021) by the Council on Social Work Education.

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 recognition of the generative value of human diversity and inclusion, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry.

The professor to student ratio at Pacific allows 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 skilled, highly trained, advanced social work practitioners who have special preparation to work with Latinx individuals and communities and to become leaders in the fields of health and wellness. Additionally, we endeavor to enhance the ability of community agencies to expand their services to marginalized groups within the community.

MSW Program Handbook (pdf)
Assessment Results (pdf)


Daisy Rizo pictured smiling in the University

Daisy Rizo '17, MSW '18 is able to combine her passion for social work with her desire to assist other Latinos.

MSW students and staff attending the walk

Students and staff from the Pacific University Master of Social Work program attended the Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention in Eugene, OR on September 30. The walk is organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention whose goal is to reduce the annual suicide rate.

fruit market in a street in Guatemala

Students from the Master of Social Work program participated in a two-week winter immersion program in Guatemala with professor Michele Eggers. Students received five hours of Spanish language instruction every day and resided with Guatemalan host families.