Social Work Program (MSW)
Welcome to the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Social work is a respected helping profession that seeks to alleviate human suffering, improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable in society, and ensure equal access to resources.
The College of Staten Island MSW program has a sole concentration in social work practice with people with disabilities (intellectual, physical, sensory, psychiatric, chronic health and other impairments). We take a critical disabilities perspective which is grounded in social constructionism. The MSW program has been approved by the New York State Education Department as meeting the educational requirements needed to sit for the Licensed Master of Social Work exam and licensure in New York State, upon graduation. In addition, the 12 credits of clinical content needed to pursue clinical licensure are included in our practice sequence. This means that, upon completion of appropriate clinical supervision (approximately 3 years after graduation) a graduate would be eligible to sit for the Licensed Clinical Social Work exam and licensure in New York.
License requirements vary from state to state. To demonstrate and maintain the highest degree of excellence, and to assist students who move to states where clinical license requirements include graduation from a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), we are also applying for accreditation. This is a three year process for which we have already begun to prepare. We are eligible to apply for candidacy in February, 2014. Assuming success at each step, we hope to be awarded full accreditation in February, 2017. Although we have moved successfully through this process for the BSSW program, and we anticipate being granted full accreditation for the undergraduate program in February, 2014, accreditation of a program can never be guaranteed in advance, but we are confident in our expertise. CSWE rules indicate that a student who begins the program during the academic year in which a program is admitted to candidacy status will be considered to have graduated from a CSWE accredited program, once the program is fully accredited.
Social work is a challenging and rewarding profession with endless opportunities to help others, solve problems and change the world. If you, too, believe in making a difference, we invite you to join us in the MSW program.
Lacey Sloan, Ph.D., MSSW, BSW
Director, Social Work program
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work