Binghamton University 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 department offers a full- and part-time MSW program, as well as an advanced standing program for students with bachelor's degrees in social work. The part-time track is a blended program, allowing students the opportunity to complete half of their courses online.
The Department of Social Work also offers two dual degree programs, which allows students to earn their MSW and a second master's degrees from Binghamton University in just three years.
- Master of Social Work with Master of Arts in Spanish (dual MSW-MA)
Summer international service learning course
Field instruction a pivotal and integral part of the MSW curriculum. In their field placements, students acquire practice experience, developing competence in the skills that will help them attain their personal and professional goals within a framework of social work values and ethics. Our students spend over 1,000 hours in the field and earn eight academic credits for field instruction by participating 15 hours per week for 34 weeks over two semesters.
Field instruction is one way the University demonstrates its commitment to the community. This is particularly important to a state university graduate social work program that is dedicated to providing competent service to the state's disadvantaged populations. Through a close working relationship with a broad range of social agencies (falling within a 100-mile radius of the University), Binghamton's MSW program can more clearly define the needs of the community.
Close to agencies and clients
Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs is located in the University Downtown Center in downtown Binghamton, which puts faculty, staff and students close to many of the community agencies and organizations with which they regularly collaborate. This integration of University activities within the community puts students and faculty in proximity to community groups they can learn from and assist, enhancing opportunities for research and education.