Masters in Social Work (MSW) Program

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Garden City, Hauppauge, Hudson Valley, Manhattan, Online

Join one of the country’s highest-ranked programs for social work, with flexible schedules, helpful learning options and generous new scholarships.

Why Should I Enroll in Adelphi’s MSW Program?

Whether you choose to study in Garden City, the Hudson Valley, Suffolk County or Manhattan, Adelphi’s MSW program opens the doors to more career options and a higher salary. With concentrations in mental health, substance abuse, trauma or human services management and organizational leadership, you can hone your skills and investigate specialized areas beyond clinical work.

Why Earn a Masters in Social Work at Adelphi?

  • Save on tuition with substantial new Graduate Social Work Scholarships that make Adelphi affordable. Awards range as high as $15,000.
  • Learn through a student-centered, personalized approach within a diverse and supportive community, ready to provide the support you need to earn your degree.
  • Take advantage of the graduate program’s flexible options: full or part time, online or on campus in Garden City, Manhattan, Hauppauge or the Hudson Valley. This allows you to balance work and family while earning the degree you need.
  • Join a dynamic community of scholars and become a voice for change, advocating for social justice and improving the lives of the people you serve.
  • Apply for an IDEATE Fellowship in Behavioral Healthcare, which comes with a generous $10,000 stipend.

Engaging group discussion at the School of Social Work.

90%* * Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2019
of our 2019 master’s graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation
Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2019

Our students are phenomenal leaders in the community and the profession. They head agencies and build alliances with organizations to promote well-being and security in society. We are nationally ranked, and that status causes our students to thrive in their fields of practice. Social work is a noble profession. Join us and see what you can aspire to become.

Diann E. Cameron-Kelly, PhD Associate Provost for Student Success

MSW Program Flexibility (Full- and Part-time Options)

Making our MSW program more accessible to all is our mission. We offer several options for completing your MSW degree, all of which follow the same sequencing of courses and requirements regardless of whether you are full or part time, on campus or online. All programs require you to matriculate in four years and fulfill residency requirements by enrolling in 10 or more credits for two successive semesters. Explore our many program options to find one that best fits your goals.

Master of Social Work Certifications

Explore the options below to advance your specialization in social work with a certificate program.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning for Social Work Students

Field education is a central component of Adelphi’s MSW program. With this in mind, we offer fieldwork in more than 1,000 diverse health, mental health and social service agencies. Additionally, you’ll gain valuable experience right on our Garden City campus, where the School of Social Work hosts:

MSW Program Info

Application Requirements

Applicants for the MSW degree must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and should submit the following:

  • Graduate application and $50 fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Paid or volunteer experience in the human services preferred
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions and proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • TOEFL score of 585 or IELTS required for international candidates if in the United States for less than three years

Note that an interview may also be required at the discretion of the School of Social Work’s Admissions Committee.

Additional Requirements for International Students

Additional information is required from applicants with degrees from non-native English-speaking countries as well as an official TOEFL score of 80 or higher OR IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Additional Requirements

All applicants are required to have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a strong background in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Personal characteristics and qualifications related to successful professional performance consistent with the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics

Advanced Standing program applicants must also submit evidence of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)–accredited social work program within the past five years
  • One letter of recommendation from your faculty field liaison or field instructor
  • Second letter of recommendation; preferably from a faculty member
  • Grades of B or better in all social work courses (in some cases, additional courses may be required)

Human Service Professional Applicants must also submit verification of their employment history.

Awards & Recognition

Elizabeth Szpilka
Director of Outreach Enrollment and Professional Advisement
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