Master of Social Work

Program Description

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is designed to train students for advanced social work practice with systems of any size (micro, mezzo, and macro). In the foundation year of the master of social work curriculum, students are taught the basics of generalist social work practice. The concentration year focuses on the development of clinical practice skills such as using the DSM-V, managing crisis, applying advanced clinical techniques, demonstrating competency in a clinical practicum that emphasizes children and families, and students will  focus on the clinical needs of other marginalized groups. After the completion of this program,students are encouraged to sit for licensure at the LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work) or LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) levels.

The two year MSW program is a 60 credit hour program and the one year Advanced Standing MSW Program is a 30-33 credit hour program. Students are required to complete a minimum number of clock hours in field education.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Daemen College Master of Social Work Program is to provide intimate, quality graduate education that will prepare students with the generalist knowledge and skills to become competent clinical social work practitioners. Our students will seize opportunities to work on behalf of ALL at-risk populations locally and globally. Furthermore, through advocacy, activism, ethics, research, scholarship, altruism and innovative practices demonstrated by the program faculty and staff, students will emulate these unique qualities and make their own individual and collective contributions to the profession of social work.

Program Goals

Goal 1- Prepare students to work with and on behalf of diverse populations.

Goal 2- Prepare students for basic generalist practice with systems of any size.

Goal 3- Prepare students for advanced clinical practice with a focus on children and families.

Goal 4- Prepare graduates to impact the profession of social work locally and globally.

Goal 5- Prepare students to effectively use scholarship and research for the benefit of their practice and the profession.

Goal 6- Prepare students for advocacy and activism to reduce oppression, social and economic injustices.

Goal 7- Prepare students for life-long learning in the profession of social work and other allied areas.

Master of Social Work Programs:

Advanced Standing MSW

Admission Requirements:

Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BA, BS or BSW) within the last five years from a CSWE accredited program.

Submit ALL official transcripts from colleges and universities attended (Regionally accredited colleges and universities only).

Complete and submit a Daemen College graduate school application (Application fee $25.00) and fulfill the admission requirements of the Graduate School at Daemen College.

Complete and submit a 3-4 page typed personal statement that focuses on the following points:

      • Your experience in social work, including volunteer experience.
      • The life experiences that impacted your interest in social work.
      • Your personal qualities that will be useful in serving others as a social work professional.
      • Your values that will be useful in serving others as a social worker.
      • Your career goals and how social work education will help you achieve these goals.

Have an overall GPA of 3.0 and GPA of 3.2 or higher in major courses such as

      • Social Work Methods I/II
      • Research Methods I
      • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I/II
      • Field Instruction I/II

Provide three letters of reference: 1 letter from the BSW Program Chair; 1 letter from an academic source and 1 letter from volunteer/community source.

      • Provide a copy of final evaluations (Field Instruction I and II)
      • Have completed courses in Human Biology and Statistics with a grade of “C” or better
      • A minimum combined, verbal and quantitative, score of 285 or higher (800 on GRE Scores prior to 2012) on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years prior to application for admission

REQUIRED COURSES

  • SW514 Applied Research and Data Analysis (3)*
  • SW611 Crisis Management w/ Evidenced Based Interventions (3)
  • SW612 Advanced Clinical Practice w/ Evidence Based Interventions (3)
  • SW617 Psychopathology (3)
  • SW619 Field Instruction III and Seminar (3)
  • SW620 Field Instruction IV and Seminar (3)
  • SW652 Concentration: Children and Families I* (3)
  • SW653 Concentration: Children and Families II* (3)
  • SW680 Social Work Licensure Preparation (0)
  • SW682 Clinical Practice w/ Children (3)
  • Elective Credit (3)

*Entering Advanced Standing students without a second research course, must take this course.

**Concentration: Children and Families I and II

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 30-33 CREDITS

Traditional MSW

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Submit ALL official transcripts from colleges and universities attended (Regionally accredited colleges and universities only).

Complete and submit a Daemen College graduate school application (Application fee: $25.00) and fulfill the graduate admissions requirements of Daemen College.

Complete and submit a 3-4 page typed personal statement that focuses on the following points:

      • Your experience in social work, including volunteer experience.
      • The life experiences that impacted your interest in social work.
      • Your personal qualities that will be useful in serving others as a social work professional.
      • Your values that will be useful in serving others as a social worker.
      • Your career goals and how social work education will help you achieve these goals.

Provide three letters of reference: 2 from an academic source and 1 from a volunteer experience.

A minimum combined, verbal and quantitative, score of 285 or higher (800 on GRE Scores prior to 2012) on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years prior to application for admission.

Have an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher.

Have completed courses in Human Biology and Statistics with a grade of “C” or better.

REQUIRED COURSES

  • SW511 Foundations of Micro/Mezzo Practice (3)
  • SW512 Foundations of Macro Practice (3)
  • SW513 Social Work Research (3)
  • SW514 Applied Research and Data Analysis (3)
  • SW515 Oppression, Power and Change (3)
  • SW516 Social Welfare History, Policy and Services (3)
  • SW517 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I(3)
  • SW518 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3)
  • SW519 Field Instruction I and Seminar (3)
  • SW520 Field Instruction II and Seminar (3)
  • SW611 Crisis Management w/ Evidenced Based Interventions (3)
  • SW612 Advanced Clinical Practice w/ Evidence Based Interventions (3)
  • SW617 Psychopathology (3)
  • SW619 Field Instruction III and Seminar (3)
  • SW620 Field Instruction IV and Seminar (3)
  • SW652 Concentration: Children and Families I* (3)
  • SW653 Concentration: Children and Families II* (3)
  • SW680 Social Work Licensure Preparation (0)
  • SW682 Clinical Practice w/ Children (3)
  • Elective Credit (6)

*Concentration: Children and Families I and II

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 60 CREDITS

 

Practice Concentrations:

  • Child and Families

Time Limitation for Degree Completion

Excluding an approved leave of absence, all requirements for the MSW, Social Work and MSW, Advanced Social Work must be completed within a period of four (4) calendar years, effective from the first date of matriculation in the program.

The Master of Social Work Program at Daemen College does not award credit for life experience

Requirements for Graduation

  • Application for Degree: All graduate students are required to file an Application for Degree form with the Registrar’s Office at the onset of the final term of study.  The application is accessible on the Registrar’s web page.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00.

 

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