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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)
  • 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:

  • 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)
  • SW6621 - Variable Topics (1 – 3) 
  • SW6622 - Variable Topics (1 - 3)
  • SW6623 - Variable Topics (1 - 3)

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.

To fulfill certificate requirements students are required:

  • Meet with the CSW academic advisor to map out the certificate course plan.
  • Submit the Declaration of Intent form to the advisor with required signatures.

 Please direct questions regarding the Leadership, Justice, and Community Practice certificate to:

Elizabeth Perez
Director of Academic Advising
University of Utah College of Social Work
801-585-1596 | Social Work building, office 319
Make an advising appointment 


Last Updated: 4/12/19