Social Work Degree Programs in New York (S-Z)

This final installment of our listing of CSWE accredited social work degree programs in New York provides the tools and knowledge necessary to work as a social worker in the state, whether the graduate plans to work with those suffering from drug addiction, the state’s largest homeless population, children at risk, or in other areas of the mental health field.

Siena College

Siena College began on a 38-acre farm in an old brick house in 1937. With the country still struggling after the Great Depression, the Franciscans of Holy Name Province embarked on what many thought was a risky venture. Seven friars from St. Bonaventure College travelled to Loudonville and purchased the small farm with its old farmhouse, converting the home into classrooms, offices and living space for the friars. The venture was a success from the beginning, as twice the number of students expected appeared on opening day, requiring some classes to be taught in stairwells. The cornerstone for Siena Hall was laid on June 20, 1938, and the institution was named St. Bernardine of Siena College in honor of a fifteenth-century Franciscan preacher and missionary. During World War II, enrollment dropped significantly as estimates at the time said that over 1,000 Siena students and alumni served in the armed forces during that time. Enrollment of women and non-traditional students kept the college in operation until the end of the war, when the GI Bill caused an explosion of enrollments. Today, the campus is 174-acres and there are 3,161 students enrolled in curricula that still follow the Catholic, Franciscan liberal arts traditions.

Social Work

The social work program at Siena emphasizes both hands-on and classroom experiences. The curriculum focuses on the development of communication skills and an understanding of the social problems that make social work a necessity in today’s world. Students are prepared for careers in diverse settings such as hospitals, family service agencies, domestic violence programs and more after graduation. In addition, students are well-prepared to enter Master’s in Social Work programs. There is a 450-hour internship requirement where students are placed in schools, nursing homes, probation offices, programs serving homelessness, domestic violence and other mental health settings.

Accreditation

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact

Siena College
515 Oudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211-1462
Telephone: 518-783-2300 or 1-888-AT-SIENA (287-4362)
Email: admissions@siena.edu
Program Website

Skidmore College

When the daughter of a wealth coal merchant and widow of a publishing magnate, Lucy Scribner, came to Saratoga in 1896, she hoped to take in what were known as the “healing waters” in the area. She fell in love with the location and moved there permanently in 1900. Ms. Scribner was extremely shy and deeply religious, finding distaste in frivolous parties, horse racing and gambling that were popular in the area at the time. She decided to open a school where young women could learn skills that would make them self-supporting. At the time, sewing, shirtwaist making and millinery were among the few fields in which women were permitted to manage a business, so those classes were included in the curriculum at the Young Women’s Industrial Club of Saratoga Springs, along with typewriting, bookkeeping, music and dance. In 1911, the Regents of the State of New York granted the school a charter, and the name was changed to Skidmore School of the Arts, in honor of Ms. Skidmore’s father, James Russell Skidmore. In 1922, after then president, Charles Henry Keyes, began introducing collegiate level courses over the year and phasing out secondary curriculum, the school became Skidmore College. Today, there are approximately 2,400 students registered at Skidmore.

Social Work B.S.

The Social Work program at Skidmore prepares students for entry-level positions in the social work profession. Students must complete two writing enhanced courses which include a research proposal that requires well-integrated literature review, descriptions of research methodology and a discussion of the implications of the proposed work. In addition, the courses help students prepare a clinical portfolio that reflects the information learned as part of their studies. Students are also required to take two liberal arts courses, ten social work courses and complete a 400-hour internship during their senior year. Students must apply for admission during their sophomore year and selection is based on academic competence, understanding of the code of ethics and suitability for practice in the field.

Accreditation

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Contact

Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Telephone: 518-580-5000
Website: info@skidmore.edu
Program Website

State University of New York at Stony Brook

The State University of New York at Stony Brook began in Oyster Bay in 1957 as the State University College on Long Island. It was meant to educate secondary school teachers. In 1960, Ward Melville, a philanthropist and businessman, donated over 400 acres of land for the university, which was relocated to Stony Brook to take advantage of the donation. At that time, the school was renamed the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Today, the school is ranked in the top one percent of higher education institutions by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and one of the tip 100 universities in the country by U.S News and World Report.

Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program at Stony Brook leads to a Bachelor of Science in social work. It is designed to prepare students for opportunities in the health and social welfare field with a foundation for generalist practice in entry-level positions. Students must complete field placements two days per week in hospitals, clinics, nursing home schools and other mental health organizations. It is a two-year, upper-division full-time program that includes a 12-hour internship. The first year focuses on social work practice, human behavior, political economy and research while the second year includes courses in social work practice and a wide variety of electives.

Masters in Social Work (MSW)

The School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook offers a Masters in Social Work that prepares students for advance social work practice after graduation. Students are provided the tools and knowledge necessary to bring about social change. The program carries on a strong tradition of preserving and carrying forward the social reform philosophy that is the foundation of every social work field. Students are engaged and given an understanding of the complex issues of structural reform. Students must hold a Bachelor’s degree and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required and applications are only accepted for the fall semester.

Accreditation

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact

Kathleen Albin
Director of Admissions and Student Services
Stony Brook University
118 Administration
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Telephone: 631-444-3141
Email: Kathleen.Albin@stonybrook.edu
Bachelors Degree
Masters Degree

Syracuse University

Syracuse University was founded in 1870 when a resolution was passed at the Methodist State Convention to found a university in the city. There have been reports that Genesee College in Lima was the predecessor of Syracuse University as, in 1866, there were attempts made to move that college from Lima to the more centralized Syracuse. The citizens of Lima opposed the move, and Genesee remained in Lima until it was dissolved in 1875. Syracuse opened in the upper floors of the Myers Block in downtown Syracuse temporarily until the Hall of Languages was complete in 1873. Today, there are 21,267 students enrolled at Syracuse in undergraduate, graduate and law school programs.

Undergraduate

The School of Social Work at Syracuse offers an undergraduate professional social work program that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The program prepares students for generalist professional practice and for continuing professional education at the graduate level. It is based on the concept of ecological systems with a focus of social work practice based on transactions of people and their environments. The program promotes social work intervention that minimize negative forces on those transactions. The program provides a foundation in five areas:

  • Social welfare policy and services
  • Human behavior in the social environment
  • Research
  • Social work practice
  • Field practicum

Graduate

The School of Social Work offers a Master of Social Work program that fosters strengths necessary to respond to social service needs of local, state, national and global communities. Students gain the tools and skills necessary through teaching, research, scholarship and service designed to achieve social and economic justice. There are two programs available through Syracuse – a two-year MSW program and an advanced standing program. The advanced standing program is only for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. In addition, students may enter the Dual MSW/MA program in Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. This is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to complete degrees in two professions – the Master of Social Work and the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy – in three years. Students may also choose to enter the Joint Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work program, which culminates in both master’s and Juris Doctor degrees. Students must begin study in the fall semester and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses to graduate.

Accreditation

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact

Carrie Jefferson Smith, Director
School of Social Work
Sims Hall
119 Euclid Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
Telephone: 315-443-5562
Email: falk@syr.edu
Program Website

Touro College

In 1790, George Washington spoke at a synagogue in Newport, Rhode Isalnd on democracy, ethics, equal opportunity and the American ideal. Two men who heard that speech, Isaac and Judah Touro, who were leaders in colonial America, were inspired to enrich the lives of all people through educational opportunities. The family began providing major endowments for colleges and universities, as well as for the first free library in the country and health facilities across the United States. In 1970, Dr. Bernard Lander founded Touro College to strengthen the Judaic tradition and serve the community in the name of the early Jewish-American leaders for which it is named. Today, the school boasts 83,000 alumni and an enrollment of 19,000.

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work program at Touro offers a challenging classroom curriculum combined with a variety of field work experience designed to provide students with an in-depth training in clinical social work. The program strongly emphasizes providing assistance to underserved populations and the close proximity to the New York metropolitan area gives students a broad spectrum of communities and cultures that allow them to gain experience in treating a diverse community. The program is 65-credit hours and can be completed in two years attending full-time. Students who have family and work obligations may complete the program part-time in three or four years. Students are provided a broad-based training during the first year and can choose a particular concentration in the second year.

Accreditations

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact

Graduate School of Social Work
43 West 23rd Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: 212-463-0400, Ext. 5269
Email: Bradley.karasik@touro.edu
Program Website

University of Albany, State University of New York

The University of Albany began in 1844 as a normal school, designed to educate teachers. For nearly 50 years, the college provided a two-year education for students hoping to enter the teaching field. In 1890, the standards for becoming a teacher in New York changed, and the school added a four-year curriculum, becoming known as the New York State College for Teachers in 1914, with a focus on educating secondary teachers with a liberal arts curriculum included in the program. In 1962, the State University of New York higher education system expanded due to rising needs, and the College for Teachers joined the system as one of four university centers. Today, there are 12,878 undergraduate and 4,434 graduate students enrolled at the UAlbany-SUNY.

B.S. in Social Welfare

The Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare at UAlbany-SUNY is designed to educate those who seek a future working with at-risk children, running a homeless shelter, treating addictions, promoting workplace diversity or changing social welfare policy. The program is focused on helping students become professionals in the social work field and completion of the degree qualifies students for advanced standing in the MSW degree program. Students receive the liberal education necessary in social sciences and human services. Students must apply to the program during their sophomore year for entrance during the fall of their junior year. Students must complete an application essay, qualified grade point average, academic and professional references. In addition, entrance into the program is based on level of completion of Elementary Base requirements and experience in social welfare.

Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Program

The MSW program at UAlbany-SUNY provides students the tools and knowledge necessary to become leaders in the social work field. Graduates of the program lead government agencies, administer hospitals, direct nonprofits and hold senior positions in a variety of industries that focus on the needs of the underserved. Students gain the tools necessary to assess and address social needs at many levels. Students specialize in either clinical practice or organizational management, and each semester they participate in field work that integrates cultural competence, classroom concepts and practice skills at one of the many community agencies connected with UAlbany-SUNY.

Accreditation

  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact

School of Social Welfare
University of Albany, State University of New York
Richardson Hall
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Telephone: Undergraduate: 518-442-5320
Email: Undergraduate: sswbachelors@albany.edu Graduate: sswhelp@albyny.edu
Program Website

University of Buffalo, State University of New York

The first college located in the city of Buffalo was chartered in 1836 as the University of Western New York under the direction of the Presbyterian Church. However, the project never came to fruition and no classes ever held, although the layout of College Street remains. In 1846, the University of Buffalo began as a private medical school, and doors opened to students wishing to become doctors in 1847. Millard Fillmore, who eventually became President of the United States, was the first chancellor of the university. The first classes were held over the old post office until the first building was complete at the corner of Main and Virginia Streets. In 1962, the college was acquired by the State University of New York and became known as the State University of New York at Buffalo, but has recently been known as the University at Buffalo. Today, 28,850 students attend the university.

Social Work

The University of Buffalo offers a Master of Social Work degree, an integrated trauma-informed and human rights focused program which offers a focus on social work policy and practice. The program is available full- and part-time. Applicants that qualify may work toward dual degree programs including JD/MSW, MBA/MSW and MPH/MSW. Students learn in a collaborative environment from experienced faculty with programs customized to meet their needs. The School of Social Work at the college has been ranked in the top 12 percent nationally.

Accreditation

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact

Maria Carey
University at Buffalo
685 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1050
Telephone: 716-645-1274
Email: sw-info@buffalo.edu
Program Website

Yeshiva University

Yeshiva University was founded in 1886 as Yeshiva Eltz Chaim by the Mariampol Synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side. In 1916, the Yeshiva University High School for boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy opened on Montgomery Street as the first academic high school for Jewish Students in the country, and Yeshiva College was established as the first college of liberal arts and sciences for Jewish students in 1928. The first commencement in 1932 had 19 graduates, and, in 1935, Albert Einstein was granted an honorary degree from the college. Later, the College of Medicine would be named in his honor. In 1954, the Stern College for Women, the first Jewish liberal college for women, opened on Lexington Avenue. Today, the college consists of four campuses and is considered one of the nation’s leading academic research institutions.

Master of Social Work Program

The Master of Social Work Program at Yeshiva College prepares students for advanced social work practice in clinical settings and/or casework with groups, individuals and communities. It is a two-year, full-time program, but can be extended to a maximum of four years for those who have work, family or social obligations. There are several flexible programs available so that students can complete their continuing education. Students must have a 3.0 overall GPA and must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university or college. Students must have completed 40 credits in liberal arts and demonstrated the ability to succeed in graduate level courses.

Accreditation

  • States Commission on Higher Education
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact

Wurzwiler School of Social Work
Belfer Hall
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
Telephone: 212-960-0810
Email: wurzadmiss@yu.edu
Program Website

York College, City University of New York

York College began as the Free Academy in 1847 to provide free higher education in New York City. In 1961, it was established as the City University of New York, one of eleven senior colleges, six community colleges and other higher-education institutions. In 1966, the college was called Alpha College, but the name was changed to York College by its first president, Dumont Kenny. The first classes were held in rented space at the Oakland Jewish Center in Queens. In May of 1968, the college was moved to Jamaica, Queens, relocating to temporary quarters on the campus of Queensborough Community College until the campus could be officially relocated in Jamaica.

Social Work (BS)

The York College Social Work program provides undergraduate education in the area of social work with particular emphasis on serving diverse urban populations. The program is built on a strong liberal arts base and provides the knowledge skills and values for graduates to work as a generalist in the social work field. Students develop professional social work attitudes, behaviors and communication skills built on a foundation of professional values and ethics. In addition, students develop strong analytical skills and research methods for professional intervention, while also developing an understanding of empowerment-based practices skills that help promote social justice for oppressed clients.

Accreditation

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact

York College/CUNY
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11451
Telephone: 718-262-2000
Program Website

These social work degree programs in New York, and the others mentioned in the three preceding pages,  offer students the skills and knowledge necessary to provide services to individuals who need assistance to lead a happy and productive life. The first three pages of our complete listing can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Social Work Degree Programs in New York (A-C)
Social Work Degree Programs in New York (D-L)
Social Work Degree Programs in New York (M-R)

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