The MSW program is a unique collaboration between Nazareth College of Rochester and SUNY College at Brockport, both having a long history of social work education in Rochester.
The mission of the GRC MSW program is to educate students to become competent and ethical professional social workers who will promote social and economic justice and equality though collaborative, community-focused practice that reflects the rights, needs, and dignity of all people.
As a reflection of its mission, the overall goals of the Master of Social Work Program are to: Provide advanced social work education incorporating theoretical knowledge and critical thinking within an advanced integrated practice framework; emphasizing an ecological, strength-based, community collaborative, empowerment model of practice to promote social and economic justice. Educate social work practitioners who are ethical, critical thinkers engaged in ongoing inquiry and life-long learning. Develop practitioners who provide autonomous social work practice and leadership in health, human service, and other community organizations in diverse communities to assist high need or at-risk populations. Infuse a critical understanding of culturally competent and gender sensitive advanced practice in working with diverse groups, and to adapt social work knowledge and skills to meet the needs of disenfranchised and historically oppressed groups. Promote and support research and knowledge development to improve the effectiveness of social work practice, policies, and programs. Promote the health and well being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by advancing social justice in a changing environment and in a global society.
The program’s commitment is to prepare social workers for advanced integrated practice within an interdisciplinary and community collaborative context. Students will be taught to facilitate individual, family, group, organizational, and community change that improves the lives of people, particularly those who have been oppressed and/or disempowered. The program provides opportunities for students to be on the cutting edge of new directions for social work practice.
Within the advanced integrated perspective of the program, students focus on one of two concentrations: Family and Community Practice, or Interdisciplinary Health Care. The two concentrations prepare students to work within a community collaborative based practice approach that involves interdisciplinary and inter-agency cooperative efforts. The focus of intervention in the community context provides opportunities to assimilate and integrate cultural diversity into change efforts.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is registered with the New York State Education Department.
International Student Requirements:
Submission of a World Education Services (WES) evaluation of the Bachelors degree equivalency, Declaration of Finances form, Bank Affidavit, and TOEFL score.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 60
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 672 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999