School of Social Work
MSW student Megan Smith (right) has significant experience advocating for homeless individuals and works with the Safe House program for Sojourner House, a local resource center for domestic violence.
As the only publicly funded social work program in Rhode Island and the sole program offering the MSW degree, the School of Social Work prepares students for practice in the community, in public social service, and in social agencies. For almost 30 years the programs have graduated practitioners, clinicians, advocates, and managers committed to assisting people to meet their basic needs, to accomplish their personal goals, and to enhance social and economic justice.
The school's overall mission is to prepare graduates for entry-level and advanced practice by providing knowledge-based and value-informed education concerned with improving social conditions and individual well-being. Its programs prepare practitioners to work with oppressed groups, to alleviate injustice, discrimination and poverty, create social policies and resources that meet basic human needs and enhance the quality of life, and create accessible, responsible, accountable human service programs.