Master of Social Work
The MSW program offers in-depth training in clinical social work, through a challenging classroom curriculum and varied fieldwork experiences. With a strong emphasis on underserved populations and the New York metro area, you’ll gain exposure to a broad spectrum of communities and cultures, and graduate ready to make a tangible difference in people’s lives and the world around you.
Our 65-credit MSW curriculum can be completed full-time in two years, completing foundation courses the first year and concentration courses in the second. Many of our students are part-time and complete their MSW in three years or four years, stretching out each year to better juggle the work-life-school balance. You can also accelerate the program with full summer sessions. Our flex option is completed in two years, but a combination of online and in-person to make it easier - and more flexible - to manage. For those interested in learning more about social work or enhancing their application, a non-matriculated option is available.
Whatever plan of study you choose, it begins in the classroom, where you will study the history of social welfare; how organizations deliver their services to individuals, families, groups, and communities; the basic tools of clinical social work; and introductory research concepts and methods.
You’ll also experience how this context and instruction applies to a wide range of social work roles during hundreds of hours of accompanying, supervised fieldwork in a social service setting, such as agencies, hospitals and nursing homes.
As you advance, you will see an increased emphasis on clinical social work as you build upon the knowledge you've gained in your foundation classes, with courses covering diagnosis and assessment, intervention planning, and treatment evaluation within diverse populations.
You’ll complete hundreds more hours of field placement, honing your clinical skills and working one-on-one in a clinical setting. By year’s end, you’ll have a better understanding of the client/social worker relationship, how to manage a client’s resistance and withhold judgment.
Faculty and staff remain available to you, as a resource, even after graduation and we organize continuing education workshops to keep you sharp.
We understand your commitments
We know you have many responsibilities - job, home, school - and we work hard to accommodate working individuals. Classes for the full-time program can be completed in the evenings at our Manhattan campus, or weekends with one evening a week at our Brooklyn campus. Most fieldwork placements operate during business hours though, so you will need to find some daytime hours in your schedule to fullfill your fieldwork requirements, and get the most out of them. We can help you plan ahead.