The designation will better position graduates for employment and licensing.
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program through the Texas Tech University Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work has a new benefit to offer its students – one that will be vital to anyone planning a career in the field.
The program recently earned accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Committee on Accreditation, the sole accrediting body for social work programs in the United States. Achieving accreditation means the program has met a required set of principles and procedures and has proven it can provide a high level of performance and quality to both its educational community and the public at large.
“As its mission indicates, ‘The Master of Social Work program at Texas Tech prepares advanced generalist social workers to contribute to society through professional social work practice and engaged civic participation, providing thoughtful leadership,'” said Valerie Borum, MSW program director. “As critical thinkers and self-directed learners, the MSW graduates are able to simultaneously apply self-awareness and sensitivity to the plight of humankind to promote social justice not only in the South Plains region but also within our interdependent global community.”
The MSW program, which opened in 2015, was created to help students develop the knowledge, skills and social work values that will serve them well in a social work career.
An accredited master's degree in social work positions graduates for employment, given that licensing boards and some employers require a social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program.
“The MSW program integrates the purpose, core principles and methods of social work and augments these with advanced knowledge and skills to ensure that graduates will continually refine practice through synthesis and discretion and will protect and promote the values of the profession,” Borum said.