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Social Work

Prospective students

Although our full-time cohorts are now at capacity, we are still accepting applications for part-time students.

Become an agent of change

Social work is about people. Social workers alleviate human suffering; advocate for social and economic justice; and ensure their clients’ social, economic and psychological needs are met. Social work is about being an agent of change.
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Why social work?

You have the desire to help others, to make a difference and to influence changes that have an impact on the world. Now, you need the knowledge and skills to provide that help. Binghamton University is the place to pursue your master’s degree in social work (MSW)

Students can pursue their MSW on a full- or part-time track. We also have an advanced standing program for students who have received their bachelor’s in social work. We also offer two dual degrees programs with the Department of Spanish and the Department of Public Administration, through which you can earn two master's degrees in three years. 

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), our 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 individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. Binghamton University 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 and increasingly global society. 

Principles guiding the program 

  • focus on people's strengths
  • celebration of human diversity
  • multi-system practice methods to promote human well-being and fair, equitable communities 
  • commitment to social justice 
  • work with diverse clients from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-cultural perspective across the entire life span
  • social work practice and collaboration with clients/organizations in public and non-profit settings 

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Last Updated: 7/15/18