Application Deadline

Priority Deadlines is February 15 (Summer / Fall Admission Only)
(Summer start for Advanced Standing Only)

Application fee will be waived at this time. All supporting documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, etc.) can be emailed to graduateadmissions@csi.cuny.edu

 

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.

Contact Information

Barbra Teater

MSW Program Director
Professor Barbra Teater
Building 2A, Room 201D
Phone : 718.982.2166
Contact Via Email

Application & Graduate Catalog

Master of Social Work
(Degree & Admissions Requirements)

The Master of Social Work Program requires 60 credits to complete.  The curriculum is composed of 16 required courses, four internship courses providing 1,200 hours of supervised internship placement, three integrative seminars, and one graduate elective. 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. 


Admissions requirements for the Master of Social Work degree include a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Overall GPA must be at least 3.0.

Applicants must have completed a statistics course by the time they are admitted in the fall.

 

Master of Social Work: Advanced Standing
(Degree & Admissions Requirements)

The Master of Social Work Advanced Standing Program requires 32 credits to complete.  The curriculum is composed of a 6-week summer bridge course, six required courses, one integrative seminar, two graduate electives, and two internship courses providing 720 hours of supervised internship placement. 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. 


Admissions requirements for the Master of Social Work Advanced Standing degree include a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program within the past five years. Overall GPA must be at least 3.0. 

Applicants applying for Advanced Standing must submit a copy of their BSW final field evaluation with their application. A summer bridge course is required of all Advanced Standing Students
 

Application Procedures

Graduate Application:

The application must be completed online at Graduate Application.

Transcripts:

Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, have one transcript sent now and another sent when you complete the courses that you are taking. Applicants who have been enrolled at CSI do not need to request a CSI transcript; the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will obtain a copy.

Application Fee:

A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. Please make your check or money order payable to the College of Staten Island. Veterans are exempt from paying the application fee. Veterans must provide proof of their Veteran/Military status in order to be waived from paying the application fee.

Personal Statement:

Submit a four-to-five page personal statement that answers a predetermined set of questions. Master of Social Work Personal Statement Form.

Letters of Recommendation:

Three letters of recommendation from instructors or employers. Master of Social Work Recommendation Form.

Field Placement Application:

All applicants are required to complete a field placement application. If admitted, students are required to complete a specified amount of internship hours. Master of Social Work Field Placement Application.

Resume:

Current resume detailing all relevant past and present professional employment, experience, and related service.

Interview:

After initial review, an interview may be required.

English Proficiency Examination:  The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam is required of students for whom English is a second language.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum required score is 100 (Internet). For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the TOEFL website at www.ets.org. Our institutional code is 2778.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): We will only accept the academic exam scores. The minimum required score is 7 (overall band).  For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the IELTS website at www.ielts.org.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum required score is 68. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the PTE website at www.pearsonpte.com.


All documents must be submitted to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Mailing Address:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Graduate Unit
College of Staten Island, CUNY
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 2A, Room 103
Staten Island, NY 10314
718-982-2019
graduateadmissions@csi.cuny.edu