M.S.W. Program

Highly ranked Master of Social Work program at convenient locations.

For more than 60 years, we have prepared students to take the lead at health and human services agencies and in academia, politics and the business world. Our rigorous but flexible social work degree program is taught by faculty who are experienced practitioners, researchers and activists. Our students, faculty and administration make up an engaged, diverse and close-knit community.

Why should I enroll in Adelphi’s M.S.W. Program?

  • Highly ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools
  • Full- or part-time options and flexible day, evening and weekend scheduling, including our innovative Part-Time Hybrid M.S.W.
  • Four locations—Garden City, Hauppauge, Hudson Valley and Manhattan
  • Foundation courses offered at Orange County Community College
  • Online, in-person and blended courses
  • Placements in more than 1,000 diverse health, mental health and social service agencies
  • Individualized educational planning and advisement
  • Concentration in advanced direct practice and optional specializations:
    • Mental health, substance abuse and trauma in context
    • Health across the life course
    • Children and families
    • Human services management and organizational leadership
  • Licensure preparation workshop
  • Ninety percent of students gain employment within a year of graduation

Master of Social Work Curriculum

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program offers the preparation you need for advanced professional social work practice. Our foundation curriculum provides the knowledge, skills, values and ethics essential to all forms and levels of generalist social work practice. In your advanced year, you will complete a concentration in advanced direct practice—and prepare to be an advanced social work practitioner using sophisticated clinical skills in work with individuals, small groups, families and couples.

All students in the foundation year of Adelphi’s M.S.W. program are required to take the same 10 courses. Eight of the 10 are academic courses and two are supervised field internships in which you apply theories learned in class to direct practice with clients.

The 10 required foundation courses are distributed as follows:

  • Two on social welfare policy
  • Two on theories of human behavior
  • Two on theories of social work practice
  • One about diversity, oppression and cultural influences in social work practice
  • One in the methods of empirical research
  • Two supervised field internships

In the advanced year of the M.S.W. program, all students must complete 10 courses, two of which are supervised field internships. The eight remaining second-year courses are distributed as follows:

  • Two courses in advanced social work practice
  • One course in assessment and diagnosis from a social work perspective
  • One course in advanced social work research
  • One course in organizational context for professional practice
  • One elective integrative seminar course
  • Two additional electives
  • Two supervised field internships

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Who are the social work faculty?

Our faculty members are talented teachers who are highly productive and well-regarded scholars, committed to developing new knowledge for the profession.

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M.S.W. Program cost

The Master of Social Work is a 64-credit program and carries the per-credit cost of $1,040 for graduate study in the School of Social Work.

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How do I apply?

Requirements for admission to the Adelphi University School of Social Work graduate programs are based on prior academic performance, values that are congruent with the social work profession and paid and/or volunteer human service experience.

Admissions requirements include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with a strong background in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Personal characteristics and qualifications related to successful professional performance consonant with the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics*
  • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA on a four-point scale
  • Paid or volunteer experience in human services preferred
  • A TOEFL score of 585 for international students
  • An interview, at the discretion of the School’s Admissions Committee
  • A minimum of two reference letters—preferably from supervisors in social agencies, college faculty or other non-relatives who are equipped to evaluate your readiness for graduate study
  • All college transcripts
  • A personal statement of how your interest in social work developed, including life experiences that influenced this choice

* The Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers is available at the NASW website.

Advanced Standing M.S.W. Program Applicants

Advanced Standing program applicants must also submit evidence of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited social work program within the past five years
  • One letter of recommendation from your faculty field liaison or field instructor
  • Second letter of recommendation; preferably from a faculty member
  • Grades of B or better in all social work courses (In some cases, additional courses may be required.)

M.S.W. Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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For further information, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
e – graduateadmissions@adelphi.edu
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