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The College of Saint Rose and St. Peter’s Health Partners have signed an agreement offering St. Peter’s Health Partners employees a 20% tuition discount for the Master of Science in Social Work program at Saint Rose.

The discount is available to St. Peter’s Health Partners employees who meet the admissions criteria for the program. The discount will be available beginning in Spring 2020.

“Saint Rose and St. Peter’s Health Partners share a philosophy of caring for the whole person, whether a student or a patient,” said Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco. “We appreciate St. Peter’s commitment to ‘community-based legacies of compassionate healing,’ which is not unlike the mission of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, to help the ‘dear neighbor.’ Social work is a profession that changes lives. We are pleased to help more St. Peter’s Health Partners employees pursue advanced education in this field in an affordable way.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2018 and 2028, the demand for social workers is projected to grow 11 percent for all social workers, much faster than the average for all occupations, and 17 percent and 18 percent for health care social workers and mental health and substance abuse social workers respectively.

The Master of Science in Social Work program at Saint Rose launched in Fall 2017 and focuses on well-being and prevention across five essential realms: spiritual, social/environmental, emotional/psychological, physical, and economic. The social work faculty at Saint Rose are all licensed practitioners from various backgrounds and practice areas, including aging, trauma and crisis intervention, and diversity and social justice, among many others.

In fewer than two years, MSSW program enrollment at Saint Rose has grown to nearly 60 graduate students.

“St. Peter’s Health Partners recognizes the value that social work brings not only to the organization but to our patients and their families. Social workers serve in a multitude of capacities within our organization and are an essential part of our multi-disciplinary team. Recently, we have expanded the role of our social workers throughout the system and through this partnership with The College of Saint Rose, we hope to empower and enable our colleagues within St. Peter’s Health Partners to take advantage of this offer, and join our team,” said Deborah House, system director of social work for St. Peter’s Health Partners.

St. Peter’s Health Partners employees who are interested in the program should inquire or apply through the Saint Rose Office of Graduate Admissions. Visit for more information.

With more than 12,000 employees in over 185 locations, St. Peter’s Health Partners is the Capital Region’s most comprehensive not-for-profit integrated health care network, which provides high-quality, compassionate, and sophisticated care to thousands of people every day. St. Peter’s Health Partners is a member of Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health systems.

The College of Saint Rose is a private, independent, coeducational institution of higher education offering more than 100 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, and certificate programs. Through a strong liberal arts education curriculum and professional academic programs, the College serves undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, international students, and more.