School of

Social Work

Spring Enrollment

Many of you are anxiously awaiting the date when you can enroll in the courses you want, at the times that you want.  Those of you who have looked into Pathways and have seen that you have such and such an enrollment date, be advised that that might not be the enrollment date that you will be able to enroll in MSW courses.  The School has historically and will continue this year to open classes to enrollment all students on the same day.   Typically students who are continuing in the foundation year can keep their same schedule, concentration year schedules are usually more complicated.   Keep an eye on the Graduate Social Work Program listserv, for the date that the School will open enrollment in its classes.

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Vision Statement

UMKC School of Social Work will become a model urban, professional school recognized for its partnership within diverse communities to effectively collaborate and sustain a safe, more economically secure, and socially just quality of life.

Mission Statement

To prepare competent, advanced generalist social work practitioners to meet the needs of multi-cultural diverse populations in a dynamic mid-western metropolitan context; to be culturally proficient, ethical leaders and service providers engaged in knowledge-driven, inter-professional, multi-systemic, community-based practice; who advocate for social and economic justice, enhance human wellbeing, and support individuals’ capacity to address their own needs.


  1. To prepare culturally proficient advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to provide human services for diverse populations.
  2. To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to engage in interdisciplinary scientific inquiry, and critical thinking.
  3. To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to develop and implement multi-systemic, multi-level evidence-based practices.
  4. To prepare advanced generalist social workers that understand and identify with the social work profession and are committed to upholding the values and ethics of the profession that serve to guide professional practice.
  5. To prepare advanced generalist social workers to advocate for social and economic justice through collaboration with multi-cultural diverse communities.

Social Work Values

Social work’s core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

Social Work Mission and Purpose

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual wellbeing in a social context and the wellbeing of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems.


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MSW Program Director & Department Chair

Bob Prue, PhD
Phone: 816.235.6308

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Nan Smith
Phone: 816.235.1040

Main Phone
Phone: 816.235.1025

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