MSW Program course offerings are sequenced requiring new students to begin during the Fall semester.
Applicants desiring to gain admission to the Master of Social work Program at Daemen College must meet the following admissions criteria for advanced standing:
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:
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.