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Leadership, Justice, and Community Practice


Many professional social workers perform administrative duties and engage leadership within a few years of graduation, from supervision to budgeting to program development and evaluation. This interdisciplinary graduate certificate offers students the opportunity to develop advanced skills in community engagement, advocacy and social justice, and organizational administration. This certificate prepares students to accept leadership roles in partnership with agencies and communities, with a focus on facilitating changes that promote equity and justice





Students take nine credit hours of required courses:

  • SW6800 – Social Justice Seminar: Engaging Organizations and Communities in Social Change (3) (Offered in Fall Semester Only)
  • PADMN6550 – Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations (3)
  • PADMN6965 – Special Topics in Public Administration (3)

In addition, six credit hours of elective courses are chosen from the following:

  • SW6703 - Social Work & The Law (3)
  • MGT6780 - Non-Profit Consulting (3)
  • FCS6700 - Analyzing Community Growth: An Evidence-based Approach (3)
  • FCS6730 - Community Development & Environmental Change (3)
  • PADMN6323 - Policy Analysis (3)
  • PADMN6340 - Organizational Productivity and Change (3)
  • PADMN6380 - Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PADMN6525 - Engaging Volunteers in Public & Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • PADMN6540 - Nonprofit Advocacy (3)
  • PADMN6563 - Program and Policy Evaluation (3)
  • PADMN6570 - Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • SW6202 - Social Change in the Health Sector (3)
  • SW6500 - Optional Social Work Practicum (1 - 5)
  • SW6352 - Global Issues in Women's Health (3)
  • Additional select SW electives may count toward this certificate; please consult with academic advisor.

Note: Though the total credit hour requirement for this certificate is 15 credit hours, only a limited amount of credit hours taken outside of the MSW Program will count toward the MSW degree.



For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Perez
Director of Academic Advising
(801) 585-1596

Last Updated: 2/21/20