Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)
Program Highlights
  • Daemen's Master of Social Work program is a CSWE-accredited program.
  • 100% of MSW job seekers secured full-time employment before 2018 graduation.
  • With an exceptionally favorable student-to-instructor ratio, Daemen’s learning environment provides an individualized and personal approach to learning.
  • Our program provides a unique curricular design which allows for interdisciplinary collaboration with allied programs such as the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, Executive Leadership and Change, and other graduate programs.
  • Courses are held in afternoons, evenings, and weekends for working students.
  • Graduate students will have the opportunity to build and strengthen their research skills through community-based projects and work with faculty on specialized research.
About Our Program

MSW Program course offerings are sequenced requiring new students to begin during the Fall semester.

Regular Admission
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-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/internship/employer. No personal references accepted. 
  • Provide documentation of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) completion within five years prior to application for admission. Note: You may submit your application for committee review before completing examination. 
  • 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 Council on Social Work Education (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.
  • Provide three letters of reference: 2 letters from academic sources (BSW/BASW Program Director encouraged) and 1 letter from a volunteer experience/internship/employer. No personal references accepted.
  • Provide a copy of final field evaluations (Field Instruction I and II).
  • Provide documentation of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) completion within five years prior to application for admission. Note: You may submit your application for committee review before completing examination. 
  • 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
  • Have completed courses in Human Biology and Statistics with a grade of “C” or better.
     

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

Students in the Two-Year MSW Program begin their professional training by developing generalist social work practice skills. Courses focus on practice with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities; human behavior and development; diversity; basic and applied research; social welfare policy; and ethics. Students must also complete a year-long, 450 hour generalist internship under the supervision of a licensed master (LMSW) or clinical (LCSW) social work professional.

Advanced year students focus on the development of clinical practice skills related to assessment, diagnosis, use of evidence-based practice, treatment, and practice evaluation with an emphasis on children and families. Students complete a year-long, 500 hour clinical internship under the supervision of a licensed clinical social work professional (LCSW).

Students select from a wide variety of electives that support their professional goals. A licensure preparation course is also built into the curriculum to assist students in successfully passing the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) examinations.

An overview of the program curriculum is provided below:

GENERALIST YEAR (First Year of Two-Year Program)
FALL
SPRING
SW 511 Foundations of Micro/Mezzo Practice
SW 512 Foundations of Macro Practice
SW 513 Social Work Research
SW 514 Applied Research and Data Analysis
SW 515 Oppression, Power and Change
SW 516 Social Welfare History, Policy, Services
SW 517 Human Behavior in Social Environment
SW 518 Organizational Behavior
SW 519 Integrative Field Seminar
SW 520 Integrative Field Seminar

ADVANCED (CLINICAL) YEAR (Second Year of Two-Year Program; Advanced Standing Students Complete Advanced (Clinical) Year ONLY)
FALL
SPRING
SW 612 Advanced Clinical Practice
SW 682 Clinical Practice with Children
SW 617 Psychopathology
SW XXX Child and Family Policy and Services
SW 652 Children and Families I
SW 653 Children and Families II
SW 619 Integrative Field Seminar
SW 620 Integrative Field Seminar
Elective Course
Elective Course
SW 580 Licensure Preparation
Additional Information

Full-time students working towards a graduate degree in Social Work MSW, are eligible for a 30% tuition-only scholarship applied to the full tuition rate.  For information, email msw@daemen.edu or contact Megan Beardi in Admissions at (716)-566-7861.
 

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?

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.