Master of Social Work Program
The School of Social Work offers a master of social work (M.S.W.) in two formats: the 2-year, 60-credit program for individuals who do not hold a bachelor's degree in social work; and the Advanced Standing Program for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Both graduate programs prepare students for advanced social work practice and for creative, responsible roles in the social work field. The programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The School of Social Work also offers a dual master's program in Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. This interdisciplinary program allows students to complete the master’s degree in two distinct professions—the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)—in three years. The dual degree exposes students to the philosophical and legal distinctions of both degrees. It creates a unique opportunity for social work students to deepen their clinical training with couples and families, and introduces marriage and family therapy students to a broader range of social work and social welfare course offerings.
The social work program is based on the concept of ecological systems, which holds that the fundamental focus of social work practice is on the transactions of people and their environments and the constant state of reciprocity in which each shapes the other. Social work intervention aims to promote the progressive forces and minimize the regressive forces in those transactions.
Students in the School of Social Work are readied for the challenge of professional practice as they develop knowledge of people and their environments and strategies for changing each and helping each change the other; and through professionally directed practice experience in social work settings.
More than 200 social welfare and health agencies from across 27 counties in upstate New York provide graduate field instruction opportunities. Graduate students in the 60-credit program complete 1000 hours of field placement experience concurrent with their academic work; students in the Advanced Standing Program complete 500 hours. In both cases, classroom and field learning are integrated.
Concurrent with the M.S.W. degree, a student may meet the requirements for a New York State approved Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Studies, Conflict Resolution, Health Services Management and Policy, Disability Studies or Gerontology.
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