UW Tacoma's part-time, evening Master of Social Work (MSW) programs seek to enroll well-qualified students with diverse backgrounds. We especially seek applicants who are committed to work with diverse populations.
The Social Welfare major is dedicated to preparing competent, ethical, and culturally sensitive social workers with specialized knowledge and skills who are committed to evidence-based practice and to planned social change.
The Criminal Justice major, both online and on campus, offers a multidisciplinary understanding of crime and justice within the framework of broader social processes within our society. This innovative approach emphasizes social justice, diversity, community partnerships, systems thinking and skill development. A social justice lens is adopted with a focus on harm reduction, rehabilitative and restorative approaches to crime and justice.
The social work and criminal justice faculty and staff are committed to social justice as the foundation for engaging with our students, one another, and the communities we serve.
This commitment is reflected in our core values, which include:
Empowering individuals as change agents;
Reducing systemic and societal barriers that impede individuals from achieving their full potential;
Fostering a community that promotes critical self-reflection, discovery, and action;
Engaging micro and macro practice to advocate and achieve a more compassionate and equitable society.
Committed to Our Community
The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice has strong ties to the South Puget Sound community: our graduate and undergraduate students complete local internships and practicum placements; our faculty conducts collaborative research with partners in our community; and our alumni are actively involved in service and helping professions largely in the South Puget Sound region.