Learning Outcomes

Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

Note: All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.


  • Identify as a Professional Social Worker
  • Apply Ethical Principles
  • Apply Critical Thinking
  • Engage Diversity in Practice
  • Advance Human Rights/Social and Economic Justice
  • Engage Research Informed Practice/Practice Informed Research
  • Apply Human Behavior Knowledge
    Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services
  • Respond to Practice Contexts
  • Engage, Assess, Intervene, and Evaluate
  • Practice Engagement
  • Practice Assessment
  • Practice Intervention
  • Practice Evaluation

CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) Foundation Competencies for both BSW and MSW

Educational Policy 2.1.1—Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. advocate for client access to the services of social work; practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development; attend to professional roles and boundaries; demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication; engage in career-long learning; and use supervision and consultation.

Educational Policy 2.1.2—Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice; make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles; tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts; and apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.

Educational Policy 2.1.3—Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments. distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including
research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom; analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation; and demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.

Educational Policy 2.1.4—Engage diversity and difference in practice. recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power; gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups; recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences; and view themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.

Educational Policy 2.1.5—Advance human rights and social and economic justice. understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination; advocate for human rights and social and economic justice; & in practices that advance social and economic justice.

Educational Policy 2.1.6—Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research. practice experience to inform scientific inquiry and use research evidence to inform practice.

Educational Policy 2.1.7—Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment. utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation; and critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.

Educational Policy 2.1.8—Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services. analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being; and collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.

Educational Policy 2.1.9—Respond to contexts that shape practice. continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services; and provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.

Educational Policy 2.1.10(a)–(d)—Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families,
groups, organizations, and communities.
2.1.10(a)(1) substantively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities;
2.1.10(a)(2) use empathy and other interpersonal skills; and
2.1.10(a)(3) develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes.
2.1.10(a)(4) negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients; and
Educational Policy 2.1.10(b)--Assessment
2.1.10(b)(1) collect, organize, and interpret client data
2.1.10(b)(2) assess client strengths and limitations
2.1.10(b)(3) develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives
2.1.10(b)(4) select appropriate intervention strategies
Educational Policy 2.1.10(c)—Intervention
2.1.10(c)(1) initiate actions to achieve organizational goals;
2.1.10(c)(2) implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities
2.1.10(c)(3) help clients resolve problems;
2.1.10(c)(4) negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients; and
2.1.10(c)(5) facilitate transitions and endings.

Educational Policy 2.1.10(d)—Evaluation