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Social Work

The Master of Social Work program is a collaboration between The College at Brockport and Nazareth College. It provides the best educational experience from two of the area’s finest academic institutions, and provides opportunities for graduates of the program to be on the cutting edge of new directions for social work practice. Students choose one of two concentrations:

  • Family and Community – Students are prepared for practice in community-based programs that serve at-risk populations within families.
  • Interdisciplinary Health – Students are prepared for practice in comprehensive/specialized healthcare facilities, public health clinics and programs, medically based senior health care facilities, wellness/preventive healthcare, and mental health programs.

Advanced Certificate in Gerontological Social Work

The Advanced Certificate is recognized by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and addresses a significant workforce shortage of social workers, and prepares students to work with aging populations.

Program Design, Advanced Standing and 60-Credit Program

  • Day and evening classes are held at the Brockport MetroCenter, a secure and convenient location in downtown Rochester near various human services agencies.
  • Classes are also held at two extension sites - at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, and at Cayuga Community College in Auburn.
  • Students who earned a Bachelor of Social Work within the past eight years from a CSWE accredited program are eligible to apply for the 36-credit Advanced Standing Program. The 36-credit program is completed full-time in three semesters or part-time in five.
  • Students who earned a bachelor’s degree in a discipline outside of Social Work are eligible to apply for the traditional 60-Credit MSW Program. The 60-credit program is completed in two years full-time or four year part-time.
  • The MSW can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of objectives
  • Social issue commentary
  • Minimum 3.0 in undergraduate social work courses (required only for Advanced Standing applicants)
  • Copies of the applicant’s final field placement evaluations (required only for Advanced Standing applicants)

Application Deadlines  

Full-time programs

  •  The College at Brockport MetroCenter, Rochester, NY
    • January 15: 36-credit Advanced Standing Program (full-time, summer admission only)
    • January 15: 60-credit Program (full-time, fall admission only)

Part-time programs - Fall Admission

  • The College at Brockport MetroCenter, Rochester, NY
    • March 15: 36-credit Advanced Standing Program (part-time, fall admission)
    • March 15: 60-credit Program (part-time, fall admission)
  • Cayuga CC University Center, Auburn, NY
    • June 15, 2016: 36-credit Advanced Standing Program (part-time, fall 2016 admission)
    • March 15, 2017: 60-credit Program (part-time, fall 2017 admission)
  • Jefferson CC Higher Education Center, Watertown, NY
    • June 15, 2016: 60-credit Program (part-time, fall 2016 admission)
    • March 15, 2017: 36-credit Advanced Standing Program (part-time, fall 2017 admission)

*Applications received after the published deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical, supervisory, and administrative positions in private, nonprofit organizations and government agencies
  • Graduates may choose to focus their careers in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, gerontology, child and public welfare, justice system, and developmental disabilities

Internships and Graduate Assistantships

  • The field instruction component is a two semester placement concurrent with coursework for Advanced Standing and a four semester placement concurrent with coursework for the 60-credit program.
  • Field instruction provides the opportunity for students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world settings in a variety of community agencies and organizations in the Greater Rochester area.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis through both Brockport and Nazareth Colleges.

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Program Contact


Brad Snyder
Graduate Program Coordinator
(585) 395-8452

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Last Updated 3/10/16