M.S.W. Program

The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW), established by the Texas Legislature in 1967, provides master's level education for the practice of professional social work. The social work profession has as its primary goal the enhancement of social functioning of all persons as individuals, family members, community participants, and members of society.

Social work practice is concerned with promoting the well-being of all persons, ameliorating the harmful effects of unhealthy social environments, and striving to achieve social and economic justice. The social worker needs maturity, knowledge, and skill to provide direct services or to develop programs that encourage maximum development of human potential. Thus, the purposes of graduate social work education are to encourage a broad based perspective and value system, to provide knowledge for understanding and positively influencing human behavior and social systems, and to develop advanced skills for professional practice.

Accreditation: The MSW program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1970.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Graduate College of Social Work is to educate professionals for social work practice, research, and leadership. We advocate for innovative, collaborative, inclusive, and humane policies and solutions that promote social, economic, and political justice. Our College generates new knowledge through critical thinking that links rigorous scientific inquiry, ethical social work practice, and community engagement.

Program Objectives

Our goal is to prepare students for responsible, professional practice. The program:

  • Provides a sound base of knowledge and skills for professional practice.
  • Socializes students to the social work profession, including its Code of Ethics and values.
  • Conveys an understanding of the impact of racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, ethnocentrism, and classism on individuals, groups, social policies, and institutions.
  • Contributes to the social work profession through knowledge building and research activities aimed toward improving social work practice, policies, and programs.