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Master of Social Work


The GRC MSW program is a unique collaboration between College at Brockport, SUNY, and Nazareth College both having a long history of social work education in the greater Rochester area and beyond.

The mission of the GRC MSW program is to educate students to become competent and ethical professional social workers who will promote social and economic justice and equality though collaborative, community-focused practice that reflects the rights, needs, and dignity of all people.

As a reflection of its mission, the overall goals of the Master of Social Work Program are to:

  1. Provide advanced social work education incorporating theoretical knowledge and critical thinking within an advanced integrated practice framework; emphasizing an ecological, strength-based, community collaborative, empowerment model of practice to promote social and economic justice.
  2. Educate social work practitioners who are ethical, critical thinkers engaged in ongoing inquiry and life-long learning.
  3. Develop practitioners who provide autonomous social work practice and leadership in health, human service, and other community organizations in diverse communities to assist high need or at-risk populations.
  4. Infuse a critical understanding of culturally competent and gender sensitive advanced practice in working with diverse groups, and to adapt social work knowledge and skills to meet the needs of disenfranchised and historically oppressed groups.
  5. Promote and support research and knowledge development to improve the effectiveness of social work practice, policies, and programs.
  6. Promote the health and well being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by advancing social justice in a changing environment and in a global society.

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.

Within the advanced integrated perspective of the program, students focus on one of two concentrations: Family and Community Practice, or Interdisciplinary Health Practice. The two concentrations prepare students to work within a community collaborative based practice approach that involves interdisciplinary and inter-agency cooperative efforts. The focus of intervention in the community context provides opportunities to assimilate and integrate cultural diversity into change efforts.

The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is registered with the New York State Education Department.

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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 a set of common courses and six elective credits, PLUS the selection of one the following concentrations: A) Family and Community Practice OR B) Interdisciplinary Health Practice, both involving nine (9) credits of course work. Within the set of common required courses, students must take SWK 610/611, OR SWK 612/613, PLUS SWK 631, SWK 680 and six elective credits:

  • SWK631
  • SWK680
  • Choose two elective SWK courses

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


This page was revised after publication to update the program's description. Also, in the concentration year, SWK680 replaced SWK630, and the SWK612/13 option was added.


Department of Social Work

Department Chair: Debra Faria
Location: Brown 171
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Phone: (585) 395-2324
Fax: (585) 395-2366

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