Study at Syracuse University to become a social worker

Social workers have a strong internal push to dedicate their lives to serving others. They are determined to be catalysts for positive and lasting change. There are more than 650,000 professionally trained social workers in the United States today. Because they experience society’s most pressing issues up close, social workers are well-informed and ideally suited to shape policy and oversee its implementation on the local, state and national levels.

Thousands of professional social workers have earned their social work degrees at Syracuse University and find themselves in rewarding social work careers today. Our programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) are rigorous, requiring field placement in addition to social work courses. Our Office of Field Instruction has long-standing relationships with more than one hundred human service agencies, offering opportunities for students to train in human service and government organizations, school systems, correctional facilities, mental health clinics and hospitals. In many instances, students are hired upon graduation in the same agencies where they’ve held field placement positions. Job opportunities for social workers are expected to increase much faster than average for other occupations, with anticipated growth areas encompassing mental health, substance use disorders, services specific to veterans and their families, child welfare, health care and gerontology.

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Opportunities for research with faculty abound, with topics including childhood bullying and school violence, combat-related PTSD, family caregiving, aging issues, and disability issues among many others. Want to become a social worker? Graduates of Falk College’s School of Social Work have unlimited potential to change the world. The change you want to see in the world starts with you—and it starts today.

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Explore Falk Graduate Programs at November 2 Info Session

Syracuse University’s Falk College will host a Graduate Information Session on Friday, November 2 in Falk Complex, White Hall, Room 335 across from the Falk College Admissions Suite. Faculty, staff, and current students will welcome potential graduate students interested in…

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Study explores New York State behavioral health service delivery reform

Scholarship suggests that behavioral health outcomes improve when healthcare consumers and their family members are involved in key decisions affecting the services they receive. An ethnographic study by Falk College assistant professor of social work, Matthew C. Spitzmueller, is taking…

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Karen Kirkhart Named NSCS National Advisor Of The Year

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the nation’s preeminent honors organization for first- and second-year students, named Karen Kirkhart the Laura Taddeucci Downs National Advisor of the Year. Dr. Kirkhart, a professor at the School of Social Work in…

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Social work professor Keith A. Alford receives 2018 InterFaith Leadership Award

In acknowledgement of a professional and personal life devoted to social justice and social transformation in building a civil community, Keith A. Alford will receive the 2018 InterFaith Leadership Award at the “Creating a Civil Community” celebration on May 1…


Social Work presents Social Justice Awards, research resources

Dan and Mary Lou Rubenstein In commemoration of National Professional Social Work Month during March, the School of Social Work in Falk College presented its annual Dan and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award program on Monday, March 19 at…

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Upcoming Events

Oct 12 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Falk College, Room 335
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State, will provide The Advanced Group Therapy: Promoting a Mutual-Aid Environment workshop. This workshop…
Oct 17 – Oct 19 all-day Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center
The New York State College Health Association (NYSCHA) Annual Meeting will be held on October 17, 18 and 19th. NYSCHA is an organization of individuals dedicated to promoting the health, safety, and well-being of college…
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm 335 White Hall in the Falk Complex
Research Colloquium Big Data and Social Policy: Current and Future Developments Wednesday, October 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. White Hall, Room 335 Dr. Philip Gillingham is prolific researcher of social work practice based at…
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Falk College, Room 335
Learn more about our graduate programs, scholarships, housing options and meet faculty and students! Syracuse University faculty, staff and current students will welcome potential graduate students interested in Falk College graduate studies in the fields…
October – November 2018