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Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Program

Highly ranked MSW program at convenient times and 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.

Adelphi Social work discussion around a table

Why should I enroll in Adelphi’s MSW Program?

  • Highly ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools
  • Four locations—Garden City, Hauppauge, Hudson Valley and Manhattan in addition to an online option
  • 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

MSW Program Flexibility (Full- and Part-Time Options)

Adelphi’s School of Social Work has long been on the forefront of making education accessible to students with work and family responsibilities. We offer full- or part-time options and flexible day, evening and weekend scheduling, including our innovative Online MSW This unique program is a low-residency, innovative and user-friendly alternative to distance-learning degree programs and traditional on-campus classes.

» Choose an MSW program option that works with your schedule

Master of Social Work Curriculum

The Master of Social Work (MSW) 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 MSW 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 MSW 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
  • One elective clinical course
  • One additional elective
  • 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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What are the expected costs?

Tuition information may be obtained from our Student Financial Services webpage.

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How do I apply?

Requirements for admission to the Adelphi University College 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. Admission 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 GPA on a four-point scale
  • Paid or volunteer experience in the 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 professional 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
  • The personal statement helps the Admissions Committee understand an applicant’s decision and readiness to pursue a career in social work. Please use this as an opportunity to share with the committee why you have chosen to study in the field of social work at Adelphi University. Please address the following points in your written statement:
    1. Briefly describe a social issue you have knowledge or concern about and, based on your understanding, how social work may address this social issue.
    2. What are your professional goals upon earning your Master’s degree in social work?
    3. Describe any anticipated work, social, family or community commitments that may have bearing on your ability to carry out graduate study. Please consider how you plan to meet the field practicum commitment of either 14 or 21 hours per week of field study while enrolled in the program each academic year.
    4. Is there anything additional you would like us to know about your education or background as we consider your application? If so, please describe.
    5. If you are applying to transfer from another graduate social work program, explain why.
  • Your statement should be written in essay format, double spaced, between 3-5 pages.

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

Advanced Standing MSW 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.)

MSW Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

» Apply now to Adelphi’s Master of Social Work program

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School of Social Work
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