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School of Social Work Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University is to support the overall mission of BYU and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by generating new knowledge and by educating and training students to use the appropriate knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession to serve individuals and families within their environment and the context of their specific cultures.


Aims of a BYU Education

In addition to the Core Competencies above, BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. These are the common aims of all education at BYU. Both those who teach in the classroom and those who direct activities outside the classroom are responsible for contributing to this complete educational vision. A BYU Education should be:

Spiritually Strengthening

Intellectually Enlarging

Character Building

Leading to Lifelong Learning and Service


Learning Outcomes

Core Competencies

We have a competency-based outcomes approach to education. The goal of this outcomes performance approach is to ensure that MSW graduates are prepared to work competently with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) defines 9 competencies which are common to all social work practices. Each competency is composed of knowledge, values, skills and processes that define what social workers must know and be able to do to practice effectively. Our program augments and applies knowledge and practice behaviors for advanced practice in clinical social work for each of the 9 competencies, which are:

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities