MSW Program Mission and Vision

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Vision Statement

The vision of the the School of Social Work is to foster optimal health and well-being, equal human rights and a just society.

Program Mission

The MSW Program educates students to become competent social work professionals in practice, research, service, and advocacy areas who are prepared to:

  1. Promote human and community well-being by advocating for and promoting expansion of diversity, inclusion, access, and equity.
  2. Challenge social, racial, economic, and environmental injustice to reduce poverty and facilitate realization of expanded human rights. 
  3. Pursue positive social change to enhance quality of life for all through:
    • A strengths-based, person in environment construct that values the dignity and worth of every person;
    • A local, regional, state, and/or global perspective;
    • Knowledge based on a scientific inquiry- driven curriculum.
  4. Engage, assess, evaluate, and coordinate on all levels (micro, mezzo, macro) with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
  5. Uphold the core social work values of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of every person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry, and practice through use of an anti-racist and anti-oppressive perspective.


The MSW Program at UNC Charlotte is accredited by CSWE (Council on Social Work Education). In 2016, the Commission on Accreditation reaffirmed accreditation for the MSW program at UNC Charlotte for 8 years. For more information, see Accreditation or School Assessment Data.