2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Dec 05, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Social Work

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School of Social Work

Carrie Jefferson Smith, Director
244 White Hall
Jennifer C. Genovese, MSW Program Director
244H White Hall
Joseph L. Smith, Online MSW Program Liaison
247 White Hall
Tracy Walker, Director of Field Instruction
244D White Hall


Nadaya Brantley, Maria Brown, Kenneth N. Corvo, Kendra DeLoach McCutcheon, Jennifer Genovese, Ting Guan, Ryan Heath, Eric Kingson, Kenneth Marfilius, Tracey Musarra Marchese, Fei Pei, Stephanie Pilkay, Carrie Jefferson Smith, Joseph L. Smith, Yvonne Smith, Matthew Spitzmueller, Xiafei Wang


Kristin Esposito, Assistant MSW Online Field Director
Karen Goebel, Office Coordinator
Danielle Jones, Internship Coordinator
Heather Mauro, Internship Coordinator
Adrienne Renfroe, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions, Recruitment, Students Services


The School of Social Work educates practitioners grounded in social work values and evidence-informed practice to foster strengths and to respond to human service needs of local, state, national and global communities. We accomplish this in collaboration with the practice community through teaching, research, scholarship, and service aimed at achieving social and economic justice in a diverse society.

The school offers two graduate programs leading to the Social Work, MSW  degree. The first is a two-year M.S.W. program. The second is an advanced standing program, open only to students who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Both graduate programs prepare students for advanced social work practice and leadership. The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The master’s degree in Social Work is available in two formats, a traditional on-campus program as a full-time or part-time graduate study. A 60 credit, 36 months part-time online program is available starting Summer 2021 (for online traditional MSW students) and a 36 credit, 24 months, part-time online program starting Fall 2021 (for both online traditional and Advanced Standing MSW students). Rolling admission is for those applicants who apply for the online MSW program.

Additional information regarding the online Master of Social Work program can be found at https://onlinegrad.syracuse.edu/social-work/.

The social work program is based on the concept of ecological systems. This concept maintains that the fundamental focus of social work practice is on the transactions of people and their environments and the constant state of reciprocity in which each shapes the other. Social work intervention aims to promote the progressive forces and minimize the regressive forces in those transactions.

More than 200 social welfare and health agencies in Central New York provide graduate field instruction opportunities. Graduate students in the two-year degree program must complete 1000 hours of field experience concurrent with their academic work, thereby integrating classroom and field learning.

Social Work, JD/MS  

The Juris Doctor/MSW is a joint degree which may be conferred by the College of Law and the Syracuse University Department of Social Work. Students enrolled in these programs may obtain their J.D. and M.S.W. in substantially less time than would be necessary if both programs were separately pursued. The MSW can be completed in conjunction with the H.D. in 3 years of full-time study along with summer coursework and field experience. Because a joint degree program involves reciprocal application of electives, students are not awarded either degree until the requirements for both degrees are completed.


Students in the two-year M.S.W. program begin full-time study only in the fall semester. Advanced standing students begin study in the second summer session. The awarding of the degree requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses required for the degree. All degree requirements must have been completed within seven years prior to the date of the degree award.

Matriculated students who voluntarily interrupt graduate study for more than one academic year and wish to be re-admitted will be evaluated by the MSW Program and Field Office directors. Required reevaluation criteria vary according to individual circumstances. The re-admission process is initiated by a letter to the director of the MSW program in the School of Social Work, outlining circumstances of interruption and plans for completion of graduate study.

Transfer Credit

Graduate credit earned in another accredited graduate school and carrying a grade of B or higher may be transferred toward the M.S.W. degree, so long as it forms an integral part of the degree program and is approved by the School of Social Work. A maximum of 12 credits from other graduate study may be transferred toward the 60-credit M.S.W. degree requirement. Academic credit is not given for life experience or previous work experience. Advanced standing M.S.W. students may not transfer credits from another college or university.

Decisions regarding credit transfer are made independent of admissions decisions. Matriculation as a transfer student in the School of Social Work requires completion of the formal admissions process.

Part-Time Study

Students unable to enroll full time may complete the program through part-time study. Several options are available. Evening, daytime, and summer courses are offered. Several courses may also be available in one week intensive “minimester” formats.

Financial Aid

Limited departmental financial aid is available. All financial aid decisions are made independent of and subsequent to decisions on admission.


    Master’sCombined Degree

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