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Master of Social Work Program

Paula Coutinho
Director of Admissions
MSW Program
Guardo Hall - East Campus 123
(401) 456-9830

Jennifer Meade
Chair, MSW Program
Guardo Hall - East Campus 112
(401) 456-8116

MSW Student Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Mission Statement

The School of Social Work at Rhode Island College prepares students for social work practice in diverse communities throughout Rhode Island and southern New England, with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. We work to eliminate social injustice and economic inequality in an effort to realize a just and equitable society. We seek to create, analyze and evaluate knowledge and to instill in students a deep understanding of the people and communities they work with and the structural influences affecting their daily lives.

Vision Statement

The School of Social Work at Rhode Island College is widely recognized for:

  • Student-centered learning environments,
  • Diverse and inclusive pedagogy,
  • Excellence in social work education,
  • Advocacy with and for oppressed and vulnerable populations
  • Critical thinking and purposeful action to address social problems
  • Quality of training for social work practitioners, and
  • Contributions to knowledge and skill development.

MSW Program Goals

Graduates of the MSW program will:

  • Engage in advanced-level social work practice that is informed by the best available evidence.
  • Understand the impacts of culture, oppression, and human diversity in a multi-cultural society.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide their professional practice.
  • Advance social and economic well-being and deliver effective social work services through policy practice.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to work with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities.
  • Identify themselves as professional social workers and act accordingly.
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Page last updated: August 04, 2020