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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Masters in Social Work?

While the practice of serving others may be a tradition here at Saint Rose, our Master of Science in Social Work program is anything but traditional—and is singularly focused on your educational goals. 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. Our core curriculum, in both generalist and specialized practice, is well designed to advance your clinical skills, and, 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, the Masters in Social Work program class schedules are also designed around your needs, letting you earn your degree without sacrificing other commitments.

MS in Social Work family counseling sessionWhat’s most unique about the Saint Rose program, however, is its underlying principle of health and wellbeing: a focus on prevention, rather than just treatment after the fact. We teach you how to become a social worker with a focus on what we can do to improve lives, prevent crisis, build community, reject marginalization and promote equality and understanding. And we take 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
  • Our MS in Social Work is the only program in the region focused on prevention and well-being
  • Advanced Standing (31 cr.) and Two-Year Programs (62 cr.)
  • A student-teacher ratio (12:1) allows for one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty
  • Intensive field internships, supervised by seasoned professionals, in a broad array of organizations, including NY state government agencies.
  • Close community connections, which open agency doors after graduation
  • Options for either full- or part-time enrollment in the Master of Science in Social Work program
  • Day, evening and weekend classes that 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

Learning Objectives

Learn how to become a social worker that will:

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  • Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
  • Engage in Policy Practice
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities