Syracuse University's School of Social Work, is housed in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. The School of Social Work’s mission is to promote social justice, positive social change, and human dignity for individuals, groups, families, and communities in a richly diverse society through teaching, research, scholarship, creative accomplishment, and service. The School has a rich history of educating social work professionals from across the country, including many who practice in the Central New York area.
Social Work education at the master’s level involves the study of practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and policy systems. Practice is grounded in theory related to human behavior and the social environment, social policy, research, and 1,000 hours of field practicum experience (internships). In addition to a common foundation curriculum, students specialize in one of two advanced concentrations: Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (IFG) or Community.
The M.S.W. is an academically rigorous 60-credit curriculum that combines program-specific courses with elective options that enable students to tailor their studies according to their professional interests. Students with a bachelor’s degree in social work complete a 36-credit Advanced Standing Program. Students in the 60-and 36-credit programs may complete course work on a full-or part-time basis. Cross-disciplinary collaboration provides many opportunities for students to enhance their M.S.W. degree with study in other departments in the Falk College and elsewhere in the University. Students may also pursue certificates of advanced study (CAS) in topical areas of interest concurrent with their coursework in the School of Social Work by utilizing courses from across the University. CAS options include gerontology, disability studies, Women’s Studies, conflict resolution, and health services management and policy. A 120-credit joint JD/MSW degree with the Syracuse University College of Law is an option students may also consider.
The School of Social Work’s diverse and collegial faculty includes 12 tenure-track members with national reputations in areas including: family, youth and school violence; child welfare, kinship and foster care; aging, social security, caregiver support and intergenerational issues; practice evaluation; disability issues; criminal justice; alcohol and other drug issues; international social welfare; and culturally-competent practice.
The student organization, Social Workers United, is involved in numerous programs throughout the year, including the annual Social Justice Forum where students plan an event that honors a member of the community who provides leadership for social justice in arenas such as poverty, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, or other major social issues. The annual award winner receives the Daniel and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award, given in honor of the late professor Daniel Rubenstein, a former faculty member of the School of Social Work, and his late wife, Mary Lou, who was a school social worker.
The School also sponsors and plans the annual James L. Stone Legislative Policy Symposium, which brings students together with political and governmental leaders to address current major legislative issues that relate to social welfare and social justice issues.
Council on Social Work Education
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Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 60
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1206 USD
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City