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Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work The 60-credit Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) offers degree candidates five different concentrations – gerontology, nonprofit management, alcohol and substance abusechild and family welfare or forensic social work. The program is a collaboration between the University’s LIU Brooklyn Campus and its LIU Post Campus (Brookville), and courses are available at both locations. It is accredited by the Council on 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 – non-profit management, substance abuse, gerontology, child and family welfare or forensic social work – 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.

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Students who have successfully completed foundation coursework achieved under the auspices of an accredited baccalaureate program may be eligible for Advanced Standing status. This policy complies with the Council on Social Work Education's guidelines regarding advanced standing. Students are not expected to repeat coursework already covered in an accredited social work program; however, only those courses in which the student has received a "B" or better will be accepted for credit. In addition, students must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. Up to one full year of credit may be accepted.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Social Work Program at Long Island University is to educate and train professional social work practitioners who are well grounded in the profession’s history, purpose and philosophy and who can competently and effectively work with diverse populations of clients and client systems in the richness of the New York City and Long Island areas. Integral to competent practice is the ability to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. Graduates of our program are prepared to engage in practice that is informed by a diverse body of theories and knowledge, social work values, and professional social work skills.

Program Goals


  • Prepare professional social workers for practice who are well grounded in the history, purpose, values, skills, and knowledge base of the profession.
  • Prepare professional social workers with the skills necessary to competently engage in evidence-based practice in a diverse community such as New York City and Long Island.
  • Prepare professional social workers who are able to competently and effectively engage in interdisciplinary collaboration practice with other professions.