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 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)
Assessment Results (pdf)


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.

During the month of March we have been honoring important Pacific women like Claire Argow, one of the first three women to attain a law degree from Yale Law School in 1930. 

Hannah Struder

The Master of Social Work Program opened new professional doors for Hannah Struder MSW '16.