We are committed to addressing power and oppression in society in order to promote social justice by using evidence-informed practice and advocacy tools and the celebration of diversity. To learn more, visit our PrOSEAD® web page.


We follow and expect students to follow a standard of ethical behavior based on the code of ethics described by the National Association of Social Workers regarding professional responsibility to clients, to social work colleagues, to employing organizations, to the social work profession, and to society. The Code of Ethics is available online.

Program Mission

The Master of Social Work program prepares graduate students for advanced social work practice. We strive to develop future leaders in the profession of social work who are culturally competent; dedicated to social and economic justice; and committed to upholding and disseminating the core values and ethical standards of both the School and the profession.

Program Goals

Graduates of the UGA School of Social Work will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and leadership in the following five program outcomes that are derived from our mission. Associated with each of these outcomes are the competencies specified in Accreditation Standard 1.0.3 by our accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  1. Engage in advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to enable inclusion in the context of cultural diversity and persons in the immediate and global environments; [EPAS Competencies 2, 6, & 7]
  2. Uphold the principles, values, and ethics of the social work profession through reflection, awareness, and with consideration of the broader contexts of the world in which we live; [EPAS Competencies 1, 2, & 3]
  3. Utilize knowledge and theories of biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural dimensions of human development to inform practice; [EPAS Competencies 1, 2, 4, & 8]
  4. Engage as critical consumers and producers of research and evaluation applied to practice at the clinical, community, policy, and administrative levels; [EPAS Competencies 4, 8, & 9]
  5. Influence social policies consistent with the goals of the profession to address poverty and advocate for vulnerable, oppressed populations, and challenge power imbalances that affect resource distribution; [EPAS Competencies 3 & 6]

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