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Master of Social Work


The MSW Program is a unique collaboration between Nazareth College of Rochester and The College at Brockport, both having a long history of social work education in the Rochester area. Consistent with the missions of both schools, the MSW program affirms the tradition of promoting the empowerment of all groups of people to achieve social justice and equality. The primary goal of the program is to enhance the quality of life for individuals within the Rochester community through social work teaching, research, scholarship and service. The program's commitment is to prepare social workers for advanced integrated practice within an interdisciplinary and community collaborative context. Students will be taught to facilitate individual, family, group, organizational and community change that improves the lives of people, particularly those who have been oppressed and/or disempowered. The program provides opportunities for students to be on the cutting edge of new directions for social-work practice.

Admission to the Program

The application for admission to the GRC Master of Social Work program may be found here. For questions, call (585) 395-8450 or email See the Graduate School for further details.

Criteria for Admission: 60-credit program

There is no single factor used to determine student admission to the MSW program, rather a combination of factors are considered as follows:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Those with a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 may apply, but GPA factors heavily in admission decisions.
  2. An academic record that reflects a strong liberal arts perspective, as evidenced in official transcripts.
  3. Three reference forms and accompanying letters of reference that specify the applicant's ability to do graduate-level work and the applicant's commitment to social work.
  4. Submission of a statement of objectives and social issue narrative as described in the application form. This written statement is an essential part of the admissions file. The content and writing style provides important information about the applicant and his/her understanding of the social work profession. Applicants should consider the written statement as an opportunity to communicate with the Admissions Committee about their specific strengths, professional goals and future plans.

Criteria for Admission: 36-credit Advanced Standing program

Students who have graduated within the past eight years from a CSWE-accredited baccalaureate social work program are eligible to apply for admission to the MSW advanced standing program. Additional minimum admission requirements are:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 3.0 in all social work courses.
  2. A copy of the applicant's final field practicum evaluations (following acceptance).
  3. A statement of objectives and social issue narrative as described in the application form.
  4. Three reference forms and accompanying letters of reference that specify the applicant's ability to do graduate-level work and the applicant's commitment to social work.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.

Foundation-year Courses

Foundation courses are designed to provide a generalist perspective. The following foundation level courses are required.

  • SWK501
  • SWK502
  • SWK504
  • SWK505
  • SWK506
  • SWK507
  • SWK508
  • SWK520
  • SWK524
  • SWK533

In lieu of the above foundation courses, BSW Advanced-Standing students must complete the following bridge courses prior to taking concentration courses.

  • SWK503
  • SWK508

Concentration-year Courses

The second-year curriculum is designed to provide the framework for advanced integrated practice and consists of two concentrations: Family and Community Practice and Interdisciplinary Health Care Practice. Students choose a concentration at the time of application. The following courses are required for both concentrations.

Family and Community Practice Concentration

The Family and Community Practice concentration prepares students to plan, develop and implement family-focused services from a collaborative, community-based perspective. The following are required courses in the concentration:

  • SWK601
  • SWK603
  • SWK620

Interdisciplinary Health Care Practice Concentration

The Interdisciplinary Health Care Practice concentration prepares students for practice in diverse health-care settings. A public health model of community intervention is emphasized. The following are required courses in the concentration:

  • SWK602
  • SWK604
  • SWK621

Department of Social Work

Department Chair: Jason Dauenhauer
Location: Brown 171
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Phone: (585) 395-2324
Fax: (585) 395-2366

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Faculty & Staff

Carmen I Aponte Ph.D
(Ohio State University-Main Campus)
Assistant Professor

Nicole Cesnales Ph.D
(Florida State University)
Assistant Professor

Jason Dauenhauer Ph.D
(University Of Rochester)
Associate Professor + Chair

Debra F Faria MSW
(Syracuse University)
Visiting Associate Professor

David L Hall MSW
(Syracuse University)

Kristin Heffernan Ph.D
(Boston University)
Associate Professor

Kenneth J Herrmann MSW
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Associate Professor

Julie D Hunt BS
(Roberts Wesleyan College)
Secretary 1

Barbara Kasper MSW
(Syracuse University)
Associate Professor

Nancy S Kusmaul Ph.D
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Clinical Assistant Professor

Margy Meath MSW
(Syracuse University)
Clinical Assistant Professor

Peter Navratil MSW
(Syracuse University)
Adjunct Lecturer

Elizabeth A Ortolani MSW
(University of Toronto)
Adjunct Lecturer

Margery Saunders Ph.D
(SUNY At Albany)
Assistant Professor

Brad A Snyder MPA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Coord Admissions/ Registrar Student Services

Pamela Viggiani Ph.D
(SUNY At Albany)
Assistant Professor