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The Social Work and Criminal Justice Program at UW Tacoma is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education as a program option under the auspices of the University of Washington School of Social Work in Seattle.


As members of the University of Washington School of Social Work, we commit ourselves to promoting social and economic justice for poor and oppressed populations and enhancing the quality of life for all.

We strive to maximize human welfare through:

  • education of effective social work leaders, practitioners and educators who will challenge injustice and promote a more humane society, and whose actions will be guided by vision, compassion, knowledge and disciplined discovery, and deep respect for cultural diversity and human strengths;
  • research that engenders understanding of complex social problems, illuminates human capacities for problem-solving, and promotes effective and timely social intervention; and
  • public service that enhances the health, well-being and empowerment of disadvantaged communities and populations at local, national and international levels.

We embrace our position of leadership in the field of social work and join in partnership with others in society committed to solving human problems in the twenty-first century.

Additionally, the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program shares the mission of the University of Washington Tacoma.

The University of Washington Tacoma educates diverse learners and transforms communities by expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery.

Finally, the Social Work program commits itself to providing access to social work education to residents of the south Puget Sound region. (Program goal emanating from UW Tacoma's defining characteristics and guiding principles.)

Academic Program Review

Message from Director Diane Young:

March 22, 2016

Dear BACJ, BASW, and MSW Students,

I want to thank those of you who participated in our University of Washington Academic Program Review and took the time to meet with the External Review Committee in late January. The Review Committee has now completed its Final Report, with recommendations, and it is available for you to view at the following link:

Final Report of the External Review Committee

The Review Committee was very positive about our faculty, staff, program, and YOU (students). If you have any comments or questions about the Final Report, please let me know.

Thank you again,

Diane S. Young, Ph.D., MSW
Director, Social Work and Criminal Justice Program