The mission of the MSW Program at Chicago State University is to provide an accessible,
affordable, professional educational experience designed primarily for, but not limited
to non-traditional and/or minority students from greater Chicago and surrounding counties.
The educational mission of the MSW program is designed to prepare students for advanced
social work practice. Development of effective family-centered professional practice
that integrates the social work values of self-determination, the worth and dignity
of all people and appreciation of the inherent potential for growth and change for
individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities is the focus of the course
The Chicago State MSW Program is committed to the preparation of students with the
courage and resourcefulness needed in the ongoing effort to overcome the causes and
effects of all forms of oppression within the human experience. Because we recognize
that intolerance of difference often leads to oppression, we encourage students to
view diversity in its broadest sense as an enriching element in society. We seek to
prepare students to identify, affirm and celebrate the positive attributes of differences
as tools to promote a more just, humane, and egalitarian social order. Thus, we encourage
the development of skills that preserve, develop and enhance strength and resilience
in all people and all social systems.
The MSW Program mission ultimately seeks to support students' commitment to skilled
and principled social work practice, service to their communities and commitment to
social, racial and economic justice.
Dr. Mikal Rasheed,
Social Work Department Chair and MSW Program Director