The mission of the Master of Social Work Program at Governors State University is to provide an exceptional and accessible social work education to prepare outstanding, advanced social work practitioners grounded in a social justice ethic. Such practitioners demonstrate a mastery of  social work knowledge,  values and skill-based competencies  to  build on the strengths and human capacities of marginalized families, their children and individuals in marginalized communities to enable self- empowerment   and enhance the lives and well-being  in communities characterized by social-cultural and economic inequality. The Social Work Department is committed to working collaboratively with the communities we serve to support their justice focused action agenda and their community transformational goals to create whole and healthy communities.