Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Binghamton University's Master of Social Work (MSW) program trains competent and effective social workers in an empowering, inclusive environment. The Department of Social Work aims to prepare social workers for autonomous, knowledge-based, advanced generalist practice within an integrated community of scholars, practitioners and learners.
The MSW program helps students acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills to address the needs of families, individuals, groups, organizations and communities. The faculty is committed to education that furthers social and economic justice, as well as to developing professional social workers who will become leaders in a complex, multicultural society. Binghamton University ranked second out of 21 social work programs in New York state for first-time pass rates on the American Association Social Work Board (ASWB) exam at the Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) level.
The department offers both full-time and part-time programs, as well as an advanced standing program for qualified students with bachelor's degrees in social work. The part-time program is a blended program, allowing students the opportunity to complete half of their classroom experiences online in a virtual classroom. The Department of Social Work also partners with other departments to offer dual-degree programs leading to an MSW and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Arts in Spanish, or a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration.
- MSW in Social Work
Dual Degrees Offered
- MSW in Social Work (Dual Degree with MPA in Public Administration)
- MSW in Social Work (Dual Degree with MA in Spanish)
- MSW in Social Work (Dual Degree with MS in Student Affairs Administration)
Internships, research opportunities and more
The department places a strong emphasis on the integration of theory and practice, both in the classroom and in the field.
Through the MSW program, students are afforded more than 1,000 hours of professional experience through two field placements, which put students in direct service to the community for practical learning and training in various areas and levels of practice. The department has field placement partnerships with more than 200 organizations, offices, and agencies across the Southern Tier and throughout the surrounding counties, allowing students to pursue their specific areas of interest.
The MSW program concludes with a capstone project, which offers students a chance to demonstrate mastery of CSWE-determined competencies and practice behaviors needed for advanced generalist practice by working as a team to integrate and apply social work knowledge, ethics, values, and skills in a complex case study.
After You Graduate
Through its advanced generalist curriculum, the program prepares students for a wide range of career goals and professional objectives, including further graduate studies. Graduates of the MSW program have found gainful employment as social workers with diverse populations at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice in a range of public, private and non-profit organizations, such as as schools, hospitals, mental health clinics and substance abuse treatment centers. Some are direct service providers, while others focus on policy making, research, and community organizing.
As an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), the department offers opportunities for licensed social workers to continue to connect with the values of the profession; to learn new theories, concepts, practices and skills; and to network with other social workers.
To be eligible for graduate study, you must:
- Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
- You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
- You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
- You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
- Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
- A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
- A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
- A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
- In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.
To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.
- Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
- Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
- A minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours in the liberal arts and sciences are required.
- Personal statement following the personal statement guidelines
- Résumé or curriculum vitae showing paid or volunteer human services experience
- Two letters of recommendation
- The letters should come from individuals who can attest to your potential for graduate study, such as those you know in an academic, professional, volunteer, or work-related capacity. If you are a college student or have recently graduated, one letter must be from a college instructor. If you are or have recently been employed, one letter must be from an employment supervisor.
- A completed copy of the Social Work Contract
- Review the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics before signing the contract. By signing this document, you agree, if admitted to the program, to abide by the professional standards of social work as set forth by the NASW Code of Ethics.
- GRE scores are not required
International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admissions Requirements website.
- International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
- Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
- Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores)
- *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency through the 2022 application cycle.
This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.
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For more information, visit the Social Work website.