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Social Work


Social work is about people

Social workers relieve human suffering; alleviate social and economic injustice; and ensure their clients' social, economic and psychological needs are met. Social work is about being an agent of change. You have the desire to help others, to make a difference, to effect changes that have an impact on the world ... now you need the knowledge and skills to provide that help. Learn more about our academic offerings through the Department of Social Work, which includes full- and part-time Master of Social Work (MSW) program, dual degrees, certificates and continuing education. 

Our department faculty, staff, students and alumni are committed to advancing social and economic justice, as well as to developing professional social workers who will become leaders in a complex, multicultural society.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Binghamton's MSW program trains competent and effective social workers in an empowering, inclusive environment. Our mission is to prepare social workers for autonomous, knowledge-based, advanced generalist practice within an integrated community of scholars, practitioners and learners. We help students acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills to address the needs of families, individuals, groups, organizations and communities.

Our approach embraces

  • An advanced generalist curriculum that trains practitioners for multilevel practice, engaging with individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations and service-delivery systems in identifying needs and strategies to initiate and produce change
  • A commitment to social justice that teaches how to apply strategies of advocacy and social change to advance social and economic justice
  • Service learning that involves collaborating with community agencies to meet specific service needs while enhancing student learning.

Explore our program mission, vision, philosphy and goals

Accreditation and assessment data

The Binghamton University Master of Social Work (MSW) program was reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 2010 for eight years.

Student learning outcomes

"All CSWE programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies which comprise the accreditation standards of the CSWE. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice which all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency."

Licensure examination passage rates

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires that master's degree social workers pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) master's level examination in order to obtain a license to practice social work (LMSW) in New York State. Students must graduate from a CSWE-accredited MSW program and provide proof of graduation (diploma/transcript) prior to scheduling an appointment to take the examination.

Each year, Binghamton Master of Social Work (MSW) alumni have one of the highest passage rates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW). In 2016, the licensure passage rate for first-time LMSW exam takers was 96 percent (the highest passage rate out of all MSW programs in New York state). 

Last Updated: 2/8/18