College Record 2017-2018

Master of Social Work

By choosing to earn a master’s degree in social work, you’ve committed yourself to serving diverse, vulnerable, and oppressed communities in order to make a positive difference in the lives of others. As a profession, Social Work seeks to reduce social injustice, inequality, and discrimination, and alleviate the distressing effects of mental illness, trauma, and stressors of everyday life.

Why Earn an MSW?

An MSW degree is often required to provide therapy, supervision, expert court testimony, or to become a human service administrator, and advance your career. You’ll be able to provide services to individuals, families, groups, and communities in a national and international setting.

Social Workers are educators, researchers, practitioners, and political leaders and can be found in hospital settings, nursing homes, correctional facilities, courtrooms, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, mental health clinics, primary care doctor offices, hospice homes, military bases, and all levels of government.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Social Work is one of the fastest growing careers, with employment openings expected to increase by 19% between 2012 and 2022. This rate is higher than the national occupational average. A Social Worker with a graduate degree can earn approximately $13,000 more a year than with a bachelor’s degree, depending on type of work, experience, and geographic location.

Program Curriculum

The Advanced Standing MSW curriculum consists of 10 courses (3 credits each except capstone, which is 4 credits), and 2 elective courses (3 credits each) for a total of 35 credits. In addition to these courses, students must complete 500 hours of field instruction during the last two semesters of the program and concurrent with their coursework.

Students spend additional time outside of class to complete readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work.

Advanced Standing Requirements

If you’ve earned a bachelor’s in social work from an accredited CSWE institution within the past 6 years, then you’re eligible to apply to Keuka College’s Advanced Standing MSW program.