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Mission of the CSUSM MSW Program

The Mission of the Master of Social Work program at California State University San Marcos is to provide an academic and professional education of the highest quality to students seeking to become committed social work professionals engaged in direct social work practice in culturally, economically, and socially diverse urban and rural environments, especially in the Southern California region.

The MSW Program’s mission and goals stem from the ethics, values, and tasks of the profession; the mission and policies of the University and the College of Education, Health and Human Services (CEHHS); and the needs of the community it serves. The CSUSM Social Work Program has as its philosophical base a belief in human dignity, respect for the worth of each individual, and a belief in the essential equality of all human beings. The Program’s mission emphasizes the interdependence of people, and the assumption that society carries the responsibility of ensuring provision of basic social needs. This mission provides the overarching principles which guide the Program’s many activities.

The Mission of CSUSM’s MSW program also aligns itself with the mission of the profession as set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which states that, “the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.”

The mission of social work is also rooted in six core values identified by NASW, which are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective as a profession:

  1. Service
  2. Social justice
  3. Dignity and worth of the person
  4. Importance of human relationships
  5. Integrity
  6. Competence


Department of Social Work
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, Suite 321
San Marcos, CA 92096