The mission of the Master in Social Work Program stems from BU’s commitment to provide Palestinians with quality education, research, scholarship, and community outreach. The program was developed in response to the need for more social workers in the due to their scarcity in the Palestinian society. The program integrates BU’s educational philosophy that fosters a pedagogical approach in producing and accumulating knowledge, and implements the concept of critical thinking to enhance leadership skills. The main mission of the Masters in Social Work Program is to graduate motivated and trained professionals who will promote the values of the social work profession and demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to address the needs of their communities and work on empowering the marginalized.
It is our aim to prepare and qualify social workers who can advance innovative and effective initiatives to empower the Palestinian community and propose remedies to its chronic psychosocial problems resulting from six decades of systematic neglect and marginalization by the Israeli the occupation. Nonetheless, it is important to focus on issues of injustice, inequality, and oppression among various social groups and classes. Our MSW Program also concentrates on the grassroots and their potential and capitalizes on their existing social capital, entrepreneurship and capacity to promote social enterprises. In order to realize this vision, the MSW Program was developed so as to promote and maintain a careful balance between research, theory, and practice.