Academics

Overview

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.

We also offer two dual degree programs, allowing students to earn their MSW and a second master's degrees from Binghamton University in just three years.

The Department of Social Work is also offering a full-time BSW program that will begin in the fall of 2019.

 Degrees offered

Summer international service learning course

Community development promoting social-emotional well-being for youth in Malawi.

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Professional development 

Field instruction is a pivotal and integral part of the social work 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. All students, whether in the BSW program or MSW program are supervised weekly by a licensed social worker throughout their internship experience.

BSW students will spend over 500 hours in field over two semesters, earning eight credits for field instruction during their senior year in the program. Additionally, BSW students will concurrently take a field seminar to support their growth and development in field instruction.

Our MSW students spend over 1,000 hours in the field and earn eight academic credits a year for field instruction by participating in 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 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 BSW and MSW programs 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.