The Master of Social Work (MSW) program strives to educate students for advanced, urban social work practice in the community, region, and worldwide, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of people with disabilities. Disabilities is defined broadly to include developmental, intellectual, physical, sensory, psychiatric, chronic health, age-related, alcohol and drug use, and any other impairment. Social work is a profession that strives to create a just and equitable world for the future of humanity. Guided by a code of ethics, social work is committed to ending oppression, embracing diversity, and ensuring that individuals, communities, and organizations function at an optimal level.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and guided by the State of New York Education Department. The curriculum combines both generalist practice courses and an area of specialization in either: (1) disability studies: clinical practice; or (2) disability studies: macro practice. The two areas of specialization are distinguished from each other by four specific courses that focus either on clinical social work or on macro social work practice.
Disability Studies: Clinical Practice
The disability studies: clinical practice area of specialization prepares students to work directly with individuals, families, and groups to restore, maintain, and enhance bio-psycho-social-spiritual functioning through multidimensional assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. The MSW disability studies: clinical practice program prepares students to sit for the Licensed Master Social Work (LMSW) exam upon graduation, and provides the 12-credit hours of clinical courses to sit for the Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) exam upon completion of appropriate clinical supervision (usually 3-years post-LMSW).
Disability Studies: Macro Practice
The disability studies: macro practice area of specialization prepares students to work in leadership and management, community organizing and development, advocacy, and policy development and legislation. The MSW disability studies: macro practice program prepares students to sit for the Licensed Master Social Work (LMSW) exam upon graduation. Students completing the disability studies: macro practice program will not be eligible to sit for the Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) exam.
The MSW program may be completed on a full-time (2-year) or part-time (3 or 4-year) basis. However, internships are two days per week (8 hours per day) between 8am and 6pm - Monday thru Friday during the first internship and three days for the second internship. Course sequence is predetermined. Please note that the program must be completed within 4 years.