2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work, MSW


Jennifer C. Genovese, MSW Program Director
244H White Hall
Kenneth J. Marfilius, Online MSW Program Director
229A White Hall

Program Description

The School of Social Work offers a concurrent program of classroom and field instruction for the master’s degree. The basic 60-credit program, pursued over two academic years, is composed of a 24-credit foundation curriculum and an advanced area of practice concentration. The foundation curriculum helps students develop the base knowledge, values, and skills necessary for effective generalist practice in all areas of social work.

The master’s degree in Social Work is available in two formats, a traditional on-campus program as 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 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://syr-umt.mktg.2u.com/social-work/msw/.


The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

4. Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice

5. Engage in Policy Practice

6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

M.S.W. Advanced Concentrations in Social Work

After completing the foundation curriculum, students elect an advanced concentration of 36 credits in Advanced Clinical Practice or Integrated Social Work Practice. Field placements are available in child welfare, health, mental health, gerontology, schools, substance use disorders and many other practice settings.

Advanced Clinical Practice

This concentration takes an eco-systemic perspective in understanding people and interactions.  It is designed to prepare students to become clinicians who provide in-depth mental health services that are relationally focused utilizing evidence-informed interventions with a wide range of populations. There is a special emphasis on trauma-informed practice.

3 credit hours each, 36 credits total:

Advanced Integrated Practice

The curriculum in this concentration offers advanced practice courses that address theory, method, and skills for integrating micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice. It prepares students for direct practice and leadership in a wide range of increasingly complex human service organizations.

3 credit hours each, 36 credits total: