Social work is about people

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.

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; and
  • service learning that involves collaborating with community agencies to meet specific service needs while enhancing student learning.

Accreditation and assessment data

  • The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation
  • The new Baccalaureate of Social Work (BSW) is in the candidacy process with the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation.

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."

MSW 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 University Master of Social Work (MSW) alumni have one of the highest passage rates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).