Master of Social Work

Daemen College

Program Description

Master of Social Work

Daemen College

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is designed to train students for advanced social work practice with systems of any size (micro, mezzo, and macro). In the foundation year of the master of social work curriculum, students are taught the basics of generalist social work practice.

The concentration year focuses on the development of clinical practice skills such as using the DSM V, managing crisis, applying advanced clinical techniques, demonstrating competency in a clinical practicum that emphasizes children and families, and focusing on the clinical needs of other marginalized groups. After the completion of this program, students are encouraged to sit for the licensure at the LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work) or LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) levels.

The two year MSW program is a 60 credit hour program and the one year Advanced Standing MSW Program is a 30-33 credit hour program. Students are required to complete a minimum number of clock hours in field education.

What can I do with an MSW?

  • Clinical Practice (shortage of LCSWs in WNY and NY)
  • Private Practice
  • Work in a variety of settings including hospitals, correctional facilities, nursing homes, schools

Why an MSW at Daemen?

  • A proven leader in Social Work education
  • Evening and weekend classes
  • Seasoned professors

Who should apply?

  • People with a desire to change the world
  • People with a liberal arts background
  • Those who want to build and enhance their clinical skills

Concentration

One of the most popular fields of social work practice is with children and families. Studies have shown that there is a shortage of social work professionals who work in the child welfare/family services arena. The program concentration offers advanced training that allows practitioners to enter into a therapeutic relationship with children and their families in hope of resolving concerns and conflicts. In the future, the program hopes to establish concentration tracks in other areas such as Military, Geriatrics and Immigrants/Displaced populations.

Student Centered Learning

  • Small, friendly environment
  • Professors are personal, but professional
  • Diverse environment
  • Engaged community
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

Regular Admission

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit ALL official transcripts from colleges and universities attended (regionally accredited colleges and universities only).
  • Complete and submit a Daemen College graduate school application (application fee: $25.00) and fulfill the graduate admissions requirements of Daemen College.
  • Complete and submit a 3-4 page typed personal statement that focuses on the following points:
  • Your experience in social work, including volunteer experience.
  • The life experiences that impacted your interest in social work.
  • Your personal qualities that will be useful in serving others as a social work professional.
  • Your values that will be useful in serving others as a social worker.
  • Your career goals and how social work education will help you achieve these goals.
  • Provide three letters of reference: 2 from an academic source and 1 from a volunteer experience.
  • A minimum combined, verbal and quantitative, score of 285 or higher (800 on GRE Scores prior to 2012) on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years prior to application for admission.
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher.
  • Have completed courses in Human Biology and Statistics with a grade of “C” or better.

Advanced Standing

Applicants desiring to gain admission to the Master of Social work Program at Daemen College must meet the following admissions criteria for advanced standing:

  • Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BA, BS or BSW) within the last five years from a CSWE accredited program.
  • Submit ALL official transcripts from colleges and universities attended (regionally accredited colleges and universities only) .
  • Complete and submit a Daemen College graduate school application (application fee $25.00) and fulfill the admission requirements of the Graduate School at Daemen College.
  • Complete and submit a 3-4 page typed personal statement that focuses on the following points:
  • Your experience in social work, including volunteer experience.
  • The life experiences that impacted your interest in social work.
  • Your personal qualities that will be useful in serving others as a social work professional.
  • Your values that will be useful in serving others as a social worker.
  • Your career goals and how social work education will help you achieve these goals.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 and GPA of 3.2 or higher in major courses such as:
  • Social Work Methods I/II
  • Research Methods I
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I/II
  • Field Instruction I/II
  • Provide three letters of reference: 1 letter from the BSW Program Chair, 1 letter from an academic source, and 1 letter from a volunteer/community source.
  • Provide a copy of final evaluations (Field Instruction I and II).
  • Have completed courses in Human Biology and Statistics with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A minimum combined, verbal and quantitative, score of 285 or higher (800 on GRE Scores prior to 2012) on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years prior to application for admission.

Provisional Admission

Applicants not meeting one or more the minimal requirements for admission will be evaluated for provisional admissions to the Master of Social Work Program at Daemen College. Applicants who are admitted provisionally must enroll in at least 9 credit hours (full-time) during the first semester and must achieve a 3.0 overall GPA at the end of their first semester in the Master of Social Work Program at Daemen College.

*Daemen College’s MSW Program does not award credit for life experience



Last updated May 25, 2016
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