Mission & Program Goals

Vision Statement  

A learning collaborative of talented and diverse faculty, staff and students addressing complex problems, promoting social justice and fostering overall well-being through engaged teaching, research and partnership within an urban and global context.


As a school within an urban research university, the mission of the Wayne State University School of Social Work is to transmit, develop, critically examine, and apply knowledge to advance social work practice and social welfare policy in order to promote social, cultural and economic justice for the betterment of poor, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and society, by:

  • preparing ethical and competent social work generalists, advanced practitioners and scholars at the B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. levels, respectively, with learning that primarily emphasizes urban settings;
  • conducting research, primarily relevant to urban populations; and
  • providing innovative leadership and service to the urban community and the profession.

School Goals

  1. To prepare B.S.W. students for ethical, competent entry level, generalist professional social work practice, particularly in urban settings with diverse, poor, vulnerable and oppressed individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  2. To prepare M.S.W. students for ethical, competent advanced level professional social work practice, with a focus on interpersonal practice or innovation in community, policy and leadership, particularly in urban settings with diverse, poor, vulnerable and oppressed individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  3. To prepare Ph.D. students as ethical, competent advanced scholars equipped to engage in research on contemporary clinical or urban issues and problems for the advancement of social work practice and social welfare policy and to assume leadership positions as social work educators, researchers, and agency administrators and clinicians.       
  4. To create and transmit knowledge through research and scholarship that is integrated in teaching and service and that advances social work practice and social welfare policy.     
  5. To expand mutually beneficial partnerships with our social work, social welfare, and other human-service-communities-of-interest to enrich teaching, research and scholarship, and to take a leadership role in development of service delivery systems that improve and enrich human conditions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  6. To foster a commitment to continuing education, maintaining competence in practice, and seeking opportunities for renewal and advancement within the profession.