Welcome to the School of Social Work at Syracuse University’s Falk College

Tenets of our profession

Social workers share a fundamental commitment to creating social and economic justice in a diverse and rapidly changing world. Through practice that challenges oppression and increases the power and wellness of vulnerable people, we work to create a more just society.

The School of Social Work embraces the profession’s commitment to the values of human diversity and the dignity and worth of all people, with particular attention to those who are oppressed, vulnerable, or living in poverty. We view social and personal problems as resulting from complex interactions between people and the structures of society itself, and we work to address those problems at the level of public policy, community organizations, families, groups, and individuals.

Prepare to lead a growing profession

Job opportunities for social workers are expected to increase much faster than the national average, making a social work education more valuable than ever. Social work education prepares graduates to work in a wide range of professional settings, including mental health care, hospitals, schools, child welfare, substance abuse treatment, services for older adults, supportive housing, and federal, state and local government. Social workers lead not-for-profit organizations, guide service users through complex health care systems, lead labor and other community organizations, assess the strengths and needs of communities and individuals, engage in social research, serve in public office, facilitate adoption, and provide psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups.

The School of Social Work bachelor of social work (BSSW) program prepares undergraduates to work at a generalist level across the scope of our field. And our innovative master of social work (MSW) program offers two license-eligible tracks of graduate study: Advanced Clinical Practice, for those who wish to specialize in the direct provision of services to individuals, families, and groups; and Advanced Integrated Practice, for those whose interests also encompass practice in interdisciplinary organizations, human service administration, community organizing, and public policy.

Learn in a vibrant community

Guided by our distinguished faculty of researchers, scholars, and practicing social workers, thousands of professional social workers have earned their degrees at Syracuse University and find themselves in rewarding careers today. Our academically rigorous programs, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, require significant field placement experiences in addition to social work courses. Our outstanding Office of Field Instruction has long-standing relationships with nearly 200 human service agencies across 14 New York counties, offering a wide range of opportunities for students to train alongside experienced practitioners in real-world settings.

Social workers engage clients, organizations, and society to promote social justice, well-being, and respect for humankind. If this is the change you would like to see in the world, we invite you to join us at the School of Social Work.

Academic programs include:

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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Recent News

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Social work students explore lead poisoning of children in NYS, Syracuse, at 21st Annual James L. Stone Legislative Policy Forum

On November 1, students in Syracuse University’s School of Social Work in Falk College explored one of today’s major public health threats that hits very close to home: lead poisoning of children in New York State and specifically, Syracuse. Each…
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Helping seniors age in place: Career paths for social workers in legal settings

Wendy Goidel, Esq. Wendy K. Goidel, Esq., ’84, principal of the Goidel Law Group, founded the Geriatric Care Advocacy Center® to promote awareness about an alarming national epidemic – the shortage of geriatricians, allied health care professionals and other helping/service…
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School of Social Work Sponsors “Theater of War”

On Oct. 17, members of the Syracuse-area professional community gathered on Syracuse University’s South Campus for a full day of veteran cultural competency training followed by “Theater of War,” an innovative public health project designed to encourage thought and discussion…
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Class of 2020 Falk Convocation and Syracuse University Commencement Ceremony update

Due to complex construction projects underway on campus, specifically the Stadium Project, various Commencement Weekend 2020 ceremonies will occur at alternative locations and at different times than in recent years. Specifically: Commencement 2020 will take place Sunday, May 10, 2020…
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Dean Murphy welcomes Falk students to campus

Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D. Dear Falk Students, Welcome back to campus, returning Falk students! Let’s give a very special welcome to the Class of 2023, as well as new transfer and graduate students. We are thrilled to have…

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Upcoming Events

EMDR Therapy Basic Training

January 17, 2020 8:30 am5:00 pm

The Warehouse, Room 016, 350 West Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

EMDR Therapy is a highly effective evidence-based psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD and trauma-based problems. It can be used to treat a wide range of problems, such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and low self-esteem. The American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, and the World Health Organization have all endorsed EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD.

Technology that Heals: The Benefits of Neurofeedback-Enhanced Psychotherapy

February 7, 2020 9:00 am4:30 pm

The Warehouse, 4th Floor Community Room, 350 West Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

Technology is shaping our world in unprecedented ways and some technological advances will inevitably change the way we think of health and human services. Although we often discuss evidence based and scientifically valid methods of treatment in mental health, we generally do not discuss technology’s potential impact on the way we conceptualize and innovate psychotherapy and other mental health services. Integrating neurofeedback with psychotherapy is an example of how technology can be used to positively improve mental health services, a growing need in our increasingly complex world.