School of Social Work Adelphi University

School of Social Work Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
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fall application deadline
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3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Adelphi's Acclaimed Graduate School of Social Work Offers Master's and Doctoral Social Work Degrees in New York

The Adelphi University School of Social Work offers a comprehensive Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program and a doctoral social work program at four Adelphi locations: at its main campus in Garden City and the Hauppauge Education and Conference Center, both on Long Island; at the Manhattan Center; and the Hudson Valley Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. For nearly 60 years, Adelphi's renowned School of Social Work has been a driving force for ethical social work practice and a strong advocate for social justice.

Preparation for Careers in a Broad Range of Social Work Settings

Few careers offer so many specialties and opportunities to work in such a broad range of settings as social work. Adelphi University has been training highly skilled professional social workers throughout Long Island, the New York metropolitan area, and the nation. Master of Social Work classes are held during the day, evening, and weekends to accommodate students' schedules.

The School of Social Work's field education department provides field work internships in more than 1,000 diverse health, mental health, and social service agencies. Internships serve to deepen students' training by integrating classroom and field experiences.

Students are also provided with an extraordinarily rich educational experience in the classroom due to the depth of their professors' clinical and administrative backgrounds. The MSW faculty has published extensively and is recognized nationally and internationally in their areas of interest such as child abuse, substance abuse, and trauma studies. Small graduate social work classes foster a close and nurturing relationship among students and faculty in a supportive environment.

Master of Social Work Program

The 64-credit Master of Social Work program provides the preparation necessary for advanced professional social work practice. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics essential to all forms and levels of generalist social work practice.

In the second year of the MSW program, all students complete a concentration in contemporary, direct practice in field work internships. The clinical experience prepares them to function as advanced social work practitioners that use sophisticated clinical skills working with individuals, small groups, families, and couples.

Full-time, Two-Year Master of Social Work Curriculum

All students in the foundation year of Adelphi's MSW program are required to take the same 10 courses. Two courses focus on social welfare policy; two courses examine theories of human behavior; two present social work theories and practices; one course focuses on diversity, oppression, and cultural influences in social work practice; and one course teaches the methods of empirical research. The other two courses provide supervised field work internships whereby students apply theories learned in class to direct practice with clients.

In the program's second year, students complete 10 courses, two of which are supervised field work internships. The remaining eight courses cover advanced social work practice, assessment, and diagnosis from a social work perspective, advanced social work research, organizational context for professional practice, a capstone course, and one elective.

Additional M.S.W. Program Options

The 64-credit One-Year-Residency (OYR) program is designed for practitioners with a minimum of three years of social-work related, paid experience under direct M.S.W. supervision. The OYR program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

During the foundation year, OYR students take a 4-credit seminar supported by concurrent social work-related employment. OYR students are required to complete one year in residence during which they meet a 900-hour field instruction requirement.

Adelphi University's Graduate School of Social Work also provides a 16-month accelerated M.S.W. program, a part-time M.S.W. program, an M.S.W. advanced standing program, and a bilingual school social work program. In the accelerated 16-Month Spring Start program, students begin in the spring semester and study full time during the following summer, fall, and spring semesters, completing the program in one year. Opportunities for continuing education in social work include post-master's certificate programs in trauma studies, military trauma, addictions, bilingual school social work and human resources management.

Ph.D. in Social Work

The 51-credit Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work prepares students to be social work scholars that can assume leadership roles in their profession. Doctoral studies help students understand the historical, global, national, and community forces that shape contemporary human experience and social work practice. The curriculum is grounded in an evolving knowledge base and generates the critical thinking skills that help students to research and write their dissertation and be prepared for the challenges of social work leadership.

Added Value

Established in 1896, Adelphi University is a fully accredited, private university with nearly 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and returning-adult students in the arts and sciences, business, allied health, clinical psychology, education, nursing, and social work. Academic experts have chosen Adelphi University as the gold standard for northeastern colleges. Noted for high academic standards and reasonable tuition costs, the private liberal arts university has also been recognized as a best buy in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for eight straight years. Adelphi was also selected as a Best College in the Northeast by "The Princeton Review" and a Top College by "Forbes". ranked us in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide in return on investment.

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Adelphi Faculty and Research Facilities

Adelphi University has expanded its programs and hired hundreds of additional professors since 2001. The University's commitment to education excellence is evidenced by its major investments in university research facilities, infrastructure, and state-of-the-art computer technology, as well as attracting nationally recognized educators to its faculty.

Adelphi's primary research holdings are at Swirbul Library and include 600,000 volumes, 806,000 items in microformats, 33,000 audiovisual items and online access to more than 61,000 electronic journal titles and 221 research databases.

Location & Contact

School of Social Work

Adelphi University

One South Avenue PO Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
United States

Dr. Andrew Safyer


Phone: 516-877-4300

Ms. Christine Murphy

Director of Admissions

Phone: 516-877-3050
Fax: 516-877-3039

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Social Work Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Social Welfare Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 282
    • Doctoral Degrees 8
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 8
    • * 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? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


73% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 646
    • Accepted 473
    • Acceptance Rate 73
    • Enrolled 266
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st November 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, paid or volunteer work experience, and 3 letters of recommendation, interview
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, MSW with minimum GPA of 3.3, 3 years of post-MSW work experience, and 3 letters of reference, 3 examples of professional writing
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, 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 awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students695
    • Female Percentage86%
    • Male Percentage14%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students695
    • Part-time Percentage37%
    • Full-time Percentage63%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino17%
    • Black / African American26%
    • White / Caucasian47%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty138
    • Full-time Percentage19%
    • Part-time Percentage81%
    • Female Percentage78%
    • Male Percentage22%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchServices for rape victims, immigrant research methods, remarriage and step families, social health indicators
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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