Master of Social Work Program Overview

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program at Jacksonville State University (JSU) is an advanced generalist practice degree. The MSW program will emphasize a full range of high-quality experiences through the curriculum in terms of innovative courses, creative field work/internships, relevant research and service-learning activities, and dynamic faculty-student, student-student and community-student relationships that will prepare graduates for social work careers with an emphasis on regional and rural communities.

Social work master's degree recipient with faculty at hooding ceremony

Master of Social Work Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the social work program at Jacksonville State University is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, values, and interests to prepare them for life-long learning, ongoing professional development, public service, and professional social work practice.

The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Jacksonville State University is to provide a high-quality education through academic preparation for graduates to engage in independent advanced generalist social work practice, and to address local, regional, and national workforce needs for social work services. The motivation is for the development of professionals with advanced, ethical, evidence-based social work practice and leadership skills at all practice levels with the goal of improving individual and societal well-being.

Program Goals

The goals of the MSW programs at Jacksonville State University are derived directly from the mission statement. The six (6) goals are as follows:

1. To provide academic preparation for advanced generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, with a goal of enhancing individual and societal well-being.

2. To provide advanced generalist social work students with the knowledge, skills, values, and interests to prepare them for life-long learning, ongoing professional development, and public service.

3. To provide a high-quality education to graduate level social work students that prepares them for advanced generalist social work practice on a local to global level.

4. To provide advanced generalist social work students opportunities for partnerships of service, with a central focus of being a regionally responsive, community-based, and practice-centered program.

5. To prepare advanced generalist social work practitioners with the highest level of training and education for successful social work practice in smaller, rural, and non-urban communities.

6. To prepare advanced generalist social work practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to provide quality services to diverse populations living in diverse communities.