The central mission of the MSW program is to prepare graduates for advanced micro, mezzo, and macro practice, professional leadership, and lifelong learning by providing a knowledge-based and value-informed education that emphasizes advanced practice with oppressed populations living in rural and small town areas. Coursework stresses alleviating injustice, discrimination, and poverty; creating social policies and resources that will help meet basic human needs and enhance the quality of life; and assisting in the creation of accessible, responsible, and accountable human service programs.
The program addresses the historical significance of Christian organizations in the emergence of social work and social welfare. In addition, it considers the role of contemporary faith-based programs (including Christian churches and organizations) in local, state, national, and international rural and small town settings.
The MSW program seeks to prepare social workers for employment in the public and private sectors, in for-profit and non-profit settings, and in secular and non-secular agencies.