Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Fordham University’s Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program will prepare you to engage effectively across all areas of social work throughout your career.

The world of social work is complex and changing. That’s why we’ve developed a dynamic, forward-thinking curriculum that starts with a comprehensive foundational phase focusing on skills that are grounded in theory and ethics.

After completing core courses, you’ll move to the advanced phase, where you’ll create your own plan of study in one or more advanced practice areas:

  • Individuals and Families: Learn how to provide direct services that address clients’ environment and overall well-being.
  • Organizations and Community: Be prepared to work effectively with entire communities and various types of organizations, including private and public companies and nonprofits.
  • Evaluation: Become a more versatile social worker as you study and apply new ideas in the field.
  • Policy Practice and Advocacy: Develop skills related to managing organizations and systems, creating policy, writing grant proposals, and obtaining funding.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, our M.S.W. curriculum is designed to turn you into a highly competent, integrated practitioner who has the tools to succeed in every setting.

By earning a Fordham M.S.W., you’ll join an academic community that’s as passionate about social justice as you are. If you’re ready to change the world, we’re ready to help.

For more information please go to Fordham GSS Website.

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your professional goals: Apply to the Master of Social Work program at Fordham University. We encourage applications from people who can meet the academic requirements of a graduate-level program and who demonstrate that their personal qualities and values are compatible with the mission of social work: To improve the lives of others.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

  • 18 undergraduate credits in liberal arts content.

The GRE is not required for admission into this program.

For more detail about the application process for our On campus MSW program, please click here.  

For more detail about the application process for our Online MSW program, please click here.

 

Our Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree is a 66-credit program. It consists of:

  • Forty-eight credits of classwork.
  • Eighteen credits of fieldwork experience

The first 33 credits are part of the Generalist Phase; everyone takes the same courses at this level. The remaining 33 credits are part of the program's Specialized Phase.

Courses Required for students beginning Fall 2018 (New curriculum)

Generalist curriculum

Course Title Credits
SWGS 6005CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY3
SWGS 6040INTEGRATING HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE IN PRACTICE3
SWGS 6323SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
SWGS 6324SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES AND GROUPS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
SWGS 6305SOCIAL WORK SKILLS LAB3
SWGS 6320SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES3
SWGS 6440ADVANCED CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS3
SWGS 6803APPLIED SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH AND EVALUATION3
SWGS 6901FIELDWORK AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR 19
Total Credits33

Specialist curriculum

Course Title Credits
SWGS 6416ADVANCED INTEGRATED PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUAL, FAMILIES, AND GROUPS3
SWGS 6622ADVANCED INTEGRATED PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES3
SWGS 6814ADVANCED INTEGRATED PRACTICE EVALUATION AND RESEARCH3
SWGS 6702ADVANCED INTEGRATED POLICY PRACTICE3
Four elective courses 112
SWGS 6902FIELDWORK & INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR 29
Total Credits33

Curriculum for students beginning prior to Fall 2018 (Legacy curriculum)

Foundation courses

Course Title Credits
SWGS 6006SOCIAL POLICY I: POLICY&PROFESSION3
SWGS 6050HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE3
SWGS 6208HUMAN BEHAVIOR: SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I3
SWGS 6209HUMAN BEHAVIOR: SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II3
SWGS 6321Generalist Practice I with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities3
SWGS 6322Generalist Practice II with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities3
SWGS 6801Social Work Practice in Research 13
SWGS 6802Social Work Practice in Research 23
SWGS 6901FIELDWORK AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR 19
Total Credits33

Clinical Concentration

Course Title Credits
SWGS 6413CLINICAL SW PRAC 13
SWGS 6007Social Policy II: Policy Practice and Human Rights Advocacy3
SWGS 6430ADVANCED CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS I3
SWGS 6415SEM: CLINICAL SW PRAC3
SWGS 6431ADV CLIN ASSESS & DIAGNO II3
Two clinical electives 16
SWGS 6421CLIN SW PRAC II ChIL YTH & FAM3
or SWGS 6420 CLIN SW PRAC II ADULTS & FAM
SWGS 6902FIELDWORK & INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR 29
Total Credits33

Leadership and Macro Practice: Human Service Leadership (Focus A) Concentration

Course Title Credits
SWGS 6627Leadership and Macro Practice 13
SWGS 6628Leadership and Macro Practice 23
SWGS 6007Social Policy II: Policy Practice and Human Rights Advocacy3
SWGS 6009SOC POL ANAL FOR MACRO PRAC3
SWGS 6625FUNDRAISING3
One leadership course3
INT SOCIAL DEV-GLOBAL CXT
SUPV & STAFF DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION 1
PROG & PROPOSAL DEV
COMP INT'L SOC WELF
Two additional electives6
SWGS 6902FIELDWORK & INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR 29
Total Credits33

Leadership and Macro Practice: Community Based Practice and Leadership (Focus B) Concentration

Course Title Credits
SWGS 6627Leadership and Macro Practice 13
SWGS 6628Leadership and Macro Practice 23
SWGS 6007Social Policy II: Policy Practice and Human Rights Advocacy3
One leadership course3
FUNDRAISING
SOC POL ANAL FOR MACRO PRAC
INT SOCIAL DEV-GLOBAL CXT
SUPV & STAFF DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION 1
PROGRAM EVALUATION
PROG & PROPOSAL DEV
COMP INT'L SOC WELF
SWGS 6413CLINICAL SW PRAC 13
SWGS 6420CLIN SW PRAC II ADULTS & FAM3
or SWGS 6421 CLIN SW PRAC II ChIL YTH & FAM
SWGS 6430ADVANCED CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS I3
One elective3
SWGS 6902FIELDWORK & INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR 29
Total Credits33

Research Concentration

Course Title Credits
SWGS 6812ADVANCED RESEARCH I3
SWGS 6813ADVANCED RESEARCH II3
SWGS 7012STATISTICS I3
SWGS 6007Social Policy II: Policy Practice and Human Rights Advocacy3
One of the following:3
ADV STAT IN SOC WELF 1
QUAL METH SW RESEARCH 1
PROGRAM EVALUATION
PROG & PROPOSAL DEV
Three additional electives9
SWGS 6902FIELDWORK & INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR 29
Total Credits33

Clinical Coursework

The following courses may apply toward the LCSW in both the legacy and new curricula:

Course Title Credits
SWGS 6028CHILD ABUSE3
SWGS 6030DEATH & DYING3
SWGS 6104SPIRITUALITY & SOC WK PR3
SWGS 6403FAMILY ORIENTED TRTMT3
SWGS 6404CRISIS INTERVENTION3
SWGS 6409PRAC OLDER PEOPLE & FAMS3
SWGS 6417PRAC: ABUSERS ALC & OTHE3
SWGS 6418SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK PRACT3
SWGS 6422INDIV ORIENTED TREATMENT3
SWGS 6426COGNIT & BEHAV SW PRACT3
SWGS 6428SOC WK PRAC WITH ADOLESC3
SWGS 6429METHS OF GROUP INTERVENT3
SWGS 6434EVIDENCE BASED MH PRACT3
SWGS 6436TRAUMA TRMT/CHILD & ADOL3
SWGS 6438SW PRACTICE -LGBT INDIVIDUALS3
SWGS 6439EVID BASED PRACT CHILD& FAM3

Program Modalities

Full Time Plan of Study

In the full time plan of study, students generally can complete their M.S.W. program in two academic years. It consists of:

  • Two years of classroom coursework (24 credits each year).
  • Two years of fieldwork (9 credits per year).

Your fieldwork includes a generalist and specialist year practicum. The practicum schedule is 21 hours OR 14 hours per week.  All students are expected to complete 600 hours of fieldwork placement per year (1,200 hours total over the two-year period).

Part Time Plan of Study

The part-time plan of study is for students who would like a slower pace to completing their M.S.W. degree.  In this plan of study, you can complete your M.S.W. degree in three to four years.

You can begin this plan with two classes per semester in the first year. Fieldwork placement is added in the second year. You also have the option of completing some courses during summer sessions (usually mid-May to early July).

Advanced Standing Plan of Study

Graduates of a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited undergraduate social work program within the past five years may apply for admission into the specialized practice year (second year) of the two-year program OR one year of CSWE-accredited M.S.W. coursework may be eligible for the advanced standing program.  You can complete your M.S.W. in as little as one year or can go part time and complete your M.S.W. in two years.

Experienced Employed Social Service Practitioner (EESSP) Plan of Study

Employed and Experienced Social Worker Plan (EESSP) students are not required to fulfill a fieldwork assignment during the generalist phase of the M.S.W. program. You complete a single, 28-hour-per-week practicum (900 hours in total) at your place of employment during the Specialist Phase.

To qualify for this plan, you must already be employed in a social service agency doing related work under the supervision of an employee with an M.S.W. degree. Your employer must provide you with a fieldwork placement that is different from your daily work, with a different supervisor who has an M.S.W. degree and has taken (or will take) the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) offered by all local graduate programs of social work.