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Mission, Vision, and Program Goals

Mission Statement

The Master of Social Work Program at La Salle University is committed to educating students for a “commitment to the common good” and the well-being of society. The MSW Program is rooted in the Lasallian tradition of care and concern for others with a commitment to working with others in “solidarity and justice” so that lives can be improved. The MSW Program builds on a person-in-environment perspective as it prepares students with the knowledge, values, and skills for advanced social work practice to promote and ensure the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.


The Vision of the Department of Social Work at La Salle University and the MSW Program specifically is to prepare advanced social workers who engage in reflective and reflexive practice and contribute to a world in which well-being is the reality for all people, diversity is celebrated, and the common good is achieved.

Program Goals

  • Prepare advanced social work practitioners who contribute to individual, family, community, and societal well-being
  • Prepare social workers who commit and contribute to the common good
  • Prepare practitioners who intentionally engage in reflective and reflexive practice
  • Prepare social workers who act as change agents and critically reflect on historical oppression and its consequences
  • Prepare social workers for leadership roles within and beyond the profession
  • Prepare social workers who engage in career-long learning including the development and dissemination of social work knowledge

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