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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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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Falk College welcomes new faculty and staff

Syracuse University’s Falk College is pleased to announce the appointment of new staff members who have joined Falk College in the past academic year, including Karen Goebel, office coordinator in the School of Social Work; Meredith Groman, administrative assistant and…
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Welcome Class of 2023!

Falk College welcomes the Class of 2023 including 307 first-year and 20 transfer students who join 140 graduate students who are new as well. Welcome back to all Falk students who, this year, represent 40 states and 30 countries! The…
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Veterans, health and society

A recent edition of WCNY’s Connect New York, “Beyond PTSD: Veterans, Health & Society,” interviewed visiting teaching professor Kenneth Marfilius. The session, led by broadcast journalist Susan Arbetter, focused on the mental health challenges of veterans. Besides Dr. Marfilius, experts…

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Upcoming Events

Social Work Practice Fellows – Session 2: Teaching Content and Process of the Social Work Assessment and Trauma-informed Supervision through the social justice lens

October 4, 2019 9:00 am4:00 pm

Community Room, The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

This session is part of a six-day Social Work Practice Fellows (SWPF) continuing education program allowing social work supervisors to honor their real world experiences while engaging in interactive learning. The Session 2 workshops present a conceptual framework to use as a teaching tool in enhancing the social work assessment skills of social service staff in their agency-based work with clients, and teach a Trauma-informed supervision through a social justice lens is an approach to supervision that begins with the personal and extends to the professional.

Social Work Practice Fellows – Session 3: Advancing Knowledge of Health Challenges across the Life Course

October 25, 2019 9:00 am4:00 pm

Community Room, The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

This session is part of a six-day Social Work Practice Fellows (SWPF) continuing education program allowing social work supervisors to honor their real world experiences while engaging in interactive learning. The Session 3 workshop helps supervisors to support social service staff in using evidence-informed approaches to common illness-related challenges that confront clients across the life course.

Social Work Practice Fellows – Session 4: Advancing Knowledge of Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges Across the Life Course

November 8, 2019 9:00 am4:00 pm

Community Room, The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

This session is part of a six-day Social Work Practice Fellows (SWPF) continuing education program allowing social work supervisors to honor their real world experiences while engaging in interactive learning. The Session 4 workshop teaches supervisors how to support staff in planning to meet the needs of clients with mental illnesses and substance use across the life course through ongoing assessment of mental disorder symptoms and their potential impacts on clients and their families, building understanding of effective practice models as supported by research evidence, appreciating the complex nature of self-determination, and the intersections of these issues with cultural diversity.

Falk College Graduate Information Session 2019

November 15, 2019 4:00 pm6:00 pm

White Hall, Room 335, 150 Crouse Dr., Syracuse, New York 13210

Faculty, staff, and current students will welcome potential graduate students interested in helping professions in counseling, therapy, public policy, and advocacy; health professions such as public health, epidemiology, nutrition, and wellness; as well as careers in sport and sporting events management.

Social Work Practice Fellows – Session 5: Building Capacity among Staff for Effective Practice with Families

November 22, 2019 9:00 am4:00 pm

Community Room, The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

This session is part of a six-day Social Work Practice Fellows (SWPF) continuing education program allowing social work supervisors to honor their real world experiences while engaging in interactive learning. The Session 5 workshop guides supervisors to teach supervisees a systems approach for assessing the diverse strengths, limitations, and needs of client families.

Social Work Practice Fellows – Session 6: Furthering Ability to Confront Performance and Organizational Challenges

December 6, 2019 9:00 am4:00 pm

Community Room, The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

This session is part of a six-day Social Work Practice Fellows (SWPF) continuing education program allowing social work supervisors to honor their real world experiences while engaging in interactive learning. The Session 6 workshop highlights other challenges supervisors may face including supervisees’ performance problems, organizational challenges, and ethical dilemmas in practice.