UMKC Catalog


Department Description

The School of Social Work offers a program of study leading to the master's in social work degree and a professional career in social work. Started in 1999, the M.S.W. program is the result of collaborative efforts by the University of Missouri System, UMKC and many social service agencies in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The M.S.W. program received initial accreditation in May, 2003 with reaffirmation of accreditation granted in 2007. 

Mission of the School of Social Work


The mission of the School of Social Work is to produce advanced, urban generalist practitioners and leaders who are engaged in and guided by:

  • Cultural proficiency
  • Multi-systemic, multi-level collaboration with diverse populations and in varied settings
  • Scholarship and research that benefits the community as mutually defined   

Our mission will be accomplished through transformative education, scholarship, research, active community engagement, collaboration and continuing education.


Vision of the School of Social Work


UMKC School of Social Work will become a model urban, professional school recognized for its partnership with diverse, thriving communities that effectively collaborate to sustain a quality of life that is safe, economically secure, and socially just. The collaboration is built on the concepts of mutuality, basic human rights, respect, distributive justice, transformative learning and all-inclusive community participation.