Why Choose Saint Rose for Social Work?

Social work is a calling, and only a special type of person is ready to answer. It relies on a deep commitment to others, to wellness, and to social justice—the same principles on which Saint Rose was founded. While the practice may be a tradition here, however, our masters’ program is anything but traditional—and is singularly focused on you. Our core curriculum is general and well designed to advance your clinical skills, but beyond that, the choice of focus and field work is yours, from health care, family services and LGBTQ issues to addiction, homelessness and criminal justice. What’s more, class schedules are also designed around you, letting you earn your degree without sacrificing other commitments.

What’s most unique about the Saint Rose program, however, is its underlying principle of health and wellbeing: a focus on prevention, rather than treatment after the fact. Asking what we can do to improve lives, rather than supporting them after they’ve been marginalized. And taking a proactive interest in the lives of communities, whether through program and policy development or community organizing. In fact, many of our grads go on to tackle politics, policy or law—a commitment to social justice that’s both relevant and a reminder of what social work should be.

Program Highlights

  • One of only two Social Work masters’ programs in the Capital district
  • The only program in the region focused on prevention over pathology
  • 12:1 student-teacher ratio allows for one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty
  • Field internships or practicums are required, intensive and often within NY state government agencies
  • Close connections with the community also open agency doors after graduation
  • The program accommodates either full- or part-time enrollment
  • Days, evening and weekend classes give you flexibility—if you’re already working in the field, you can earn your degree taking evening classes alone

Requirements and Course Descriptions

Master of Science in Social Work