Syracuse, NY
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February 15
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Graduate Programs in Social Work at Syracuse University Falk College

The School of Social Work at Syracuse University's Falk College provides excellence in social work training. It has been recognized nationally for its focus on activism and community organizations, clinical training in family systems, gerontology, and concentrations in health and occupational social work. It was also one of the few social work schools to receive funding from the US Children's Bureau to strengthen the professionalism of public child welfare workers. This commitment to educational and professional excellence ensures that graduate students receive advanced training in the field.

The school has three master's programs:

- Master of Social Work (MSW)

- Advanced Standing (MSW)

- Dual Program in MSW/Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy

These programs have accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). Their curricula emphasize five areas: human behavior in the social environment, field practicum, research, social welfare policy and services, and social work practice.

Excellent Job Outlook for Social Workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment for social workers is expected to grow 19% through 2022. Increased demand for social services and healthcare will fuel this growth, which will vary according to specialty as follows:

- Child, family, and school social workers: 15% ("faster than the average for all occupations")

- Healthcare social workers: 27% ("much faster than the average for all occupations")

- Mental health and substance abuse social workers: 23% ("much faster than the average for all occupations")

MSW students at Syracuse University acquire the skills and clinical experience to meet this demand. They graduate equipped to build rewarding careers in many areas including the following:

- Business and industry

- Child welfare

-Clinical Therapy

- Gerontology

- Health care

- Mental health services

- Public policy

- School social work

- Substance abuse counseling

Master of Social Work

The 60-credit MSW entails the study of social work practice with communities, families, groups, individuals, organizations, and policy systems. The program's curriculum has 24 credits of foundation courses including two field practica. It also includes 36 credits of courses in one of two advanced area of practice concentrations: advanced clinical practice or integrated social work practice.

The 36-credit Advanced Standing MSW is designed for students with bachelor's degrees in social work (BSW) from an accredited institution. Its curriculum consists of concentration courses only. The program begins summer term.

The MSW program can be completed in two years of full-time study while the Advanced Standing MSW program can be completed in one year of full-time study. Both programs are offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

MSW Field Instruction

Field instruction for MSW students involves 1,000 hours of field work at a community placement that takes place simultaneously with classroom learning. The Advanced Standing MSW program requires 500 hours of field practice.

Field education is grounded in "theory to practice" training concerning human behavior, research, and social policy. It takes place at more than 200 agencies and non-profit organizations throughout 27 counties in upstate New York.

MSW/MA in Marriage and Family Therapy

The MSW/MA in Marriage and Family Therapy enables social work students to strengthen clinical training with couples and families. Further, it allows marriage and family therapy students to acquire a more extensive background in social welfare and social work.

Its curricula consist of 96 credits of coursework for MSW students and 78 credits of coursework for Advanced Standing MSW students. Students can earn the MSW/MA in Marriage and Family Therapy degree in three years of full-time study and the Advanced MSW/MA in Marriage and Family Therapy in two years of full-time study.

Field instruction for this dual program includes an additional year of clinical practice in marriage and family therapy.

Certificates of Advanced Study

Certificates of Advanced Study in: Addictions Studies, Child Therapy, Trauma-Informed Practice, Global Health and Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support are offered through Falk College. Most graduate students take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the college by pursuing a degree and a CAS simultaneously. Credits for a CAS program range from 15 through 24 credits and allow for a specialty focus and an additional credential. In most cases, a CAS program is folded into a master's degree requiring no additional time to graduation.

Influential Faculty Members

Faculty members in the School of Social Work are accomplished teachers, researchers, and practitioners.

For example, Associate Professor Keith A. Alford, PhD, ACSW is a prolific researcher whose interests include contemporary rites of passage programming, culturally-specific programming for children in out-of-home care, and mental health service delivery to children and families. His clinical experience includes child and family assessments; child protective services; family preservation initiatives; foster and adoption home services; and individual, family, and group mental health treatment.

Dr. Alford has many honors such as inclusion in the national online publication, "Thirty of the Most Influential Social Workers in 2014," the Faculty of the Year Award, and the YWCA Academy of Diversity Achievement Award. Dr. Alford is the director of the School of Social Work.

Financial Resources for MSW Students

Syracuse University Falk College students have access to resources including:

- Grant competition awards

- Graduate assistantships (research and teaching)

- Scholarships

- Travel grants

Students may also qualify for the Federal Unsubsidized and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans.

Syracuse University

Syracuse University was established in 1870 as a coeducational institution with programs in the modern languages and physical sciences. Today, it offers approximately 21,500 students more than 200 undergraduate majors and over 200 graduate programs through 13 schools and colleges.

It provides an inclusive and supportive environment where students from all 50 states and 123 countries develop their intellects, acquire hands-on experience, create new ideas, and achieve personal and professional growth.

Campus Location

Syracuse University is located in Syracuse, New York in the northeastern region of the United States.

With 145,170 residents, Syracuse is the fourth most populous city in New York. Syracuse and surrounding areas offer many educational, employment, and recreational options. From art galleries, historic sites, and museums to dining, nightlife, and shopping venues to agriculture, outdoor recreation, and sports activities, this vibrant city has a wealth of resources and amenities.

David B. Falk College School of Social Work

The School of Social Work resides in Falk College, one of nine schools and colleges at Syracuse University. In addition to Social Work, graduate programs at Falk College include: Addiction Studies, Child Therapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Child and Family Studies, Global Health, Public Health, Nutrition Science, Food Studies, Trauma-Informed Practice, Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support, and Sport Venue and Event Management. The interdisciplinary nature of the college adds to the resources and opportunities available to MSW students.

Location & Contact

MSW Program in Social Work

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Syracuse University

900 South Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Prof. Keith Alford

Director, School of Social Work

Phone: 315-443-5562

Felicia Otero

Director of College Admissions

Phone: 315-443-5555

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Alternate accepted and field placement
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st November 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreespersonal statement, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, resume
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchChild welfare, substance abuse counseling, health care, public policy, industry and business, school social work, gerontology, and mental health services
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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