Undergraduate Social Work Program

Degrees Granted
BSW, Minor
Degree Level
Garden City

Join one of the highest-ranked social work programs in the country, designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in social work.

Why Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work?

With a bachelor’s degree in social work, you will learn the knowledge, values, and skills to be an effective social worker.  With a BSW, your career options are limitless. You will be able to provide professional services (i.e. case management and crisis intervention) to those in need. You can join the illustrious ranks of social workers in hospitals, schools, child welfare, senior centers, community organizing, policy making and policy advocacy.

Why Be a Social Work Major at Adelphi University in New York on Long Island?

  • Learn in small classes taught by our world-class faculty, who will guide you academically and professionally.
  • Gain a deep understanding of social issues through our innovative curriculum, emphasizing hands-on learning in real-world community settings.
  • Graduate career-ready after two years of valuable internship experiences in the New York area.
  • As a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school, students with a BSW are eligible to obtain their MSW in one year with 30 credits through the Advanced Standing Program.
  • Save on tuition with a generous Social Work Scholarship or Merit Transfer Scholarship. Awards range as high as $18,000 annually if you qualify.

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work?

As a social worker, you can work in mental health, addictions, healthcare facilities, schools, shelters, domestic violence prevention programs, forensics, the criminal justice system, legal aid, community centers, legislative agencies, advocacy groups, programs for immigrants and refugees, and many more career options.

Stravroula Kyriakakis, PhD inspiring a classroom full of future social workers.

92%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our baccalaureate graduates say that Adelphi University increased their intellectual curiosity, ability and potential
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

Prior to Adelphi, I was a regular volunteer, but I didn’t think about becoming a world changer. My mentors helped me realize that I was not a dot in a sea of uncontrollable circumstances—that I can create what I need to create for myself and others. I learned that loving something means challenging it.

Florie St. Aime ’11, MSW ’13 Trainer at Global Trauma Research Inc., Co-facilitator, at Radical Social Workers Clinical Workgroup

Social Work Minor & Paths

The Social Work Transfer Program

A convenient evening BSW program for social work undergraduates. Its flexible model accommodates you if you’re changing fields to pursue a career in social work, and you may be eligible for 10 work/life credits.

Child Development and Family Studies Minor

You can follow your interest without the additional work of a second major. The School of Social Work offers an interdisciplinary minor in child and family studies.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Studying social work at Adelphi is a hands-on experience. Before graduating you’ll complete 700 hours of fieldwork and follow in the footsteps of fellow Adelphi alums who held internships at some of the top human services organizations in the New York area, including:

Program Info

Application Requirements

To apply for this undergraduate social work program, submit the appropriate application requirements:

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

The application process for all transfer students wishing to enter the traditional BSW program and Transfer program will include submission of:

  • An application including transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • A current resume
  • An Interview with the Undergraduate Director/ Site Director (only if deemed necessary)

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • 60 approved college credits (exceptions will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Director) to enter into the Junior Year
  • Demonstrated motivation and capacity to work with people
  • Personal Values congruent with the NASW Code of Ethics
  • Experience in human services (highly desirable)

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students in the social work program have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

Awards & Recognition

Cheryl Mcauliffe (She/Her)
Adjunct Faculty
Phone Number
Social Work Building 225

Phone Number
More Info
Nexus Building First Floor
  • Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
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