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Mission and Competencies
January 9, 2018


Both the Rutgers School of Social Work's MSW and BASW programs have similar, yet distinct mission statements. Together, they share the nine Council of Social Work (CSWE) prescribed competencies.  We urge all of our graduate and undergraduate students (and our faculty) to regularly revisit the mission and the competencies as we continue on our paths toward professional and personal development. 

Mission Statement for the MSW Program 

The mission of the Rutgers University School of Social Work MSW program is to advance  competent, ethical, evidence-based and community and critically-informed master’s level social work practice that promotes social and economic justice and strengthens individual, family, and community well-being with an understanding of diversity in local, national and global contexts.

Mission Statement for the BASW Program

The mission of the SSW's BASW program is to prepare students for generalist practice to empower and serve individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities within a variety of agency and community settings in the state of New Jersey and beyond. Students in the BASW program will acquire the knowledge, skills, and values associated with the social work profession to serve various populations with a specific focus on underserved, marginalized, and oppressed groups. Upon graduation, students will be adept at the use of the generalist intervention model and proficient in the skills of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

CSWE-prescribed Competencies

All students are required to attain the nine CSWE-prescribed competencies via their course work and field placement experiences. These competencies are part of the CSWE's effort to create a unified body of knowledge and practice. CSWE, which establishes national standards and educational policies for social work education and accredits all undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States, has deemed field education to be social work’s “signature pedagogy.” 

Below are the nine competencies. 

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Competency 4: Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities






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