MSW Program Information Video


MSW Program

Mary Dallas Allen MSW Program Coordinator


MSW Mission:

The mission of the UAA Master of Social Work (MSW) program is to prepare advanced generalist social workers who address health and social issues in Alaska. Alaska’s unique and rich multicultural populations, geographic remoteness, and frontier status allow the real potential for skilled social work professionals to make a profound impact on social, economic and environmental injustice in our state.

The MSW program prepares advanced generalist social workers who:

  • Are leaders who assume multiple practice roles to address health and social issues in Alaska.
  • Engage in practice consistent with the values and ethics of the social work profession.
  • Demonstrate attunement, sensitivity and respect for people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Intervene differentially with, and on behalf of , populations at risk or who experience discrimination, economic deprivation, and/or oppression.
  • Develop and conduct research to inform practice.
  • Develop and evaluate social policies that promote social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Engage in planned change using theory and evidence-based practice processes to provide competent and effective services across system sizes.
  • Integrate contextual knowledge into the development, implementation and evaluation of social work services in Alaska.

MSW Program Overview

Beginning with admission for the 2016-2017 academic year, the UAA Master of Social Work program will be delivered entirely through distance education. The School of Social Work will have a single, distance-delivered MSW program, and we will no longer have a campus-based MSW program. Students can complete the MSW degree in 2-4 years, and students with a BSW degree from an accredited university can apply for advanced placement and can complete the program in 1-2 years. The UAA School of Social Work Master of Social Work program is an advanced generalist MSW program. The advanced generalist concentration is the ideal curriculum model to meet the significant and complex needs spanning across remote, rural, and small metropolitan community needs of Alaska.  Social workers in Alaska are required to assume multiple roles and responsibilities in their work, frequently serving as the only social worker in their agencies, and quite possibly, the only social worker in their geographic region.  As a result, an advanced generalist social worker needs to be able to perform multiple roles in the direct, organizational and community practice arenas. The advanced generalist curriculum is divided into the foundation curriculum and the concentration curriculum, and it includes five course sequences across the curriculum: social work practice, policy, human behavior in the social environment, research, and field practicum. The foundation curriculum prepares students to engage in generalist social work practice, and the concentration curriculum prepares students to engage in advanced generalist practice.