Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus’ 60-credit Master’s of Social Work (M.S.W.) offers degree candidates five different concentrations – gerontology, nonprofit management, alcohol and substance abuse, forensics social work and child and family welfare. The program is collaboration between the University’s Brooklyn Campus and its LIU Post Campus (Brookville), and courses are available at both locations. It is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), signifying that it meets the highest standards of academic excellence.
The program is integrated to provide a step-wise progression in student understanding of generalist and specialized practice. The first-year curriculum includes content in the eight foundation areas of policy, practice, human behavior, field, diversity, populations at risk, and promotion of social justice and values. It introduces the student to the components of generalist practice with systems of all sizes and provides an understanding of generalist practice that distinguishes between generalist and advanced content while supporting the integration of specialized knowledge and technologies into a generalist perspective. It also introduces the student to the principles of interdisciplinary collaboration, preparing them for work in interdisciplinary fields of practice.
The second-year curriculum builds upon the first year by deepening the student’s understanding and demonstrated mastery of psychosocial assessment, administrative theory and practice, and diversity sensitive practice. Students select a specific area of concentration – not-for profit management, substance abuse, gerontology, or child and family welfare – for more specialized education in a particular area of practice. The research curriculum in the second year supports the concentrated study by demonstrating application of research methodology to the student’s specialized area of concentration. Field experience in the second year provides an opportunity for the student to apply generalist and specialized knowledge in the selected area of concentration. The curriculum is consistent with program goals insofar as the student receives a generalist background that includes a conception of generalist practice, an eclectic knowledge base and an understanding of the relationship of values, diversity, populations at risk and promotion of social justice to the social work professional role with systems of all sizes.