Our curriculum emphasizes strengths-oriented, relational practice guided by principles of social justice and human rights, and a conceptual framework of critical social construction.
While social work education at UVM prepares students for the multiple role demands and organizational settings characteristic of social work in Vermont and the current era of social work in the U.S., our MSW program also prepares students with a mindfulness of the global influences on the profession and the dissonance that competing demands among these influences create for social workers everywhere in the U.S.
These demands include issues of social justice, human diversity, and the uneven protection and distribution of rights and access to resources and opportunities.
Our students are educated to become reflective, conscientious lifelong learners and professionals whose practice reflects the most humane and empowering knowledge, skills, and values of social work.
“During my time as an MSW Student, I had the capability to develop exactly the type of field experience I wanted in order to grow professionally and to gain the practice and education I needed to further my career. I have been able to learn from many State and local leaders and discuss my own ideas in a collaborative environment.” Bryan Hallet, MSW '16
“UVM's MSW program creates a supportive environment where I can explore all of my social work interests while also asking all of my questions whether they are about professional needs or personal ambitions. I have found that my professors are consistently willing to help me navigate my own journey and ideas without imposing their interests on me. There is room to grow and the department is willing to listen to students' needs.” Maisha McCormick, MSW '17