Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D. M.S.W.
Chairperson/Associate Professor

Naterena Parham-Cofield
Administrative and Student Support Coordinator 
Department of Social Work
School of Health Professions
LIU Brooklyn
1 University Plaza
Health Sciences Building, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 488-1025

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) 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 beyond. Integral to competent practice is the ability to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. Graduates of our MSW 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.

The LIU MSW Program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), signifying that it meets the highest standards of academic excellence. The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at LIU Brooklyn is a collaboration with the LIU Post campus in Brookville, New York.

Our MSW program provides a step-wise progression to support student understanding of generalist and specialized social work practice. The generalist practice curriculum includes content in the foundation areas of social work: policy, practice, human behavior, research, diversity, professional values, and promotion of social justice, and applied through a field education experience.

The advanced year curriculum deepens 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 for specialized education in a particular area of practice. Field experience in the second year provides an opportunity for the student to apply in practice specialized knowledge, values and skills gained through their selected concentration.

MSW Student Handbook-17-18 FINAL           Outcomes Assessment Summary           Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students


The program seeks students from diverse backgrounds who reflect the diversity of the populations its graduates will serve, locally, regionally, and globally. Students who apply to this program should be interested in working through direct care or leadership roles with diverse populations including children, families, the elderly, immigrants and refugees, persons with physical and/or mental conditions, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, and the economically disadvantaged.


Admissions Requirements

The Long Island University MSW Program seeks applicants who have a broad liberal arts education consisting of the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences including biology, and courses reflective of a basic interest in human services. 

Additional requirements include:

  1. A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from a regionally accredited university
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.8
  3. A “B” average in courses taken in the last four semesters of their undergraduate studies.
  4. A minimum of three letters of recommendation
  5. A personal narrative/autobiographical statement
  6. Undergraduate transcript
  7. Personal characteristics and qualifications essential for professional work with vulnerable individuals and populations-at-risk as consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics and other related professional codes.

Only candidates who have earned an undergraduate degree are admitted to the master of social work degree program.

Consistent with the policies of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Long Island University MSW Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience under any circumstance.

How to Apply

Students who are interested in the MSW program must either apply for:

  • Regular program admission (60 credit program), or
  • Advanced Standing (33 credit program reserved for graduates from accredited undergraduate social work programs).

Please note, applicants are only allowed to apply to one program (Regular or Advanced Standing) per application cycle.

Current LIU Brooklyn undergraduates should contact the Social Work Department for special instructions on how to submit their application.

Interested candidates who are not current LIU Brooklyn undergraduates must submit all their application materials ONLINE through the Social Work Centralized Application Services (SocialWorkCAS):

All official transcripts should be sent directly to SocialWorkCAS:

SocialWorkCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9212
Watertown, MA 02471

Once the application is complete, and SocialWorkCAS has verified the documents, the application will be released to LIU Brooklyn for review. Please allow for 2-4 weeks (depending on time of year) for SocialWorkCAS and respective institutions to send/review/verify your documents.

For questions about the receipt, processing and verification of your application, please contact SocialWorkCAS Customer Service at 857-304-2016 or email:

For questions related to admissions decisions, please contact the LIU-Brooklyn Social Work Department.

MSW SocialWorkCAS Professional Transcript Entry Overview

MSW SocialWorkCAS Fees and Fee Waiver

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon:

  • Earning a grade of B or better in all field education courses
  • Maintaining a minimum grade-point average of 3.0
  • Being in compliance with all program and CSWE standards including Education Policy 2.1.1 which requires that students "Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly."
  • Earning the required 60 credits within a five-year period

Plans of Study

The MSW program at LIU Brooklyn is designed to meet the individualized needs of our students. Understanding that most of our students have multiple commitments, often including full-time employment, we provide a convenient and flexible course schedule, with choices for evening weekday and/or Saturday schedules. To increase flexibility, our students can complete the LIU Brooklyn MSW program through plans of study for two (2), three (3), or four (4) years.

Starting this coming January 2018, we are offering a Part-Time “Spring Start” in our MSW Program.

In 2017-2018, LIU Brooklyn is offering a new “Spring Start” program. MSW programs traditionally begin in the Fall semester, but we are often asked whether students can start in the Spring semester. Our answer has, unfortunately, always been “Sorry, but no”, until NOW!

Students will take 2 classes in the Spring 2018 semester, and then take 2 classes in Summer 2018 (May-July). Classes will be offered on weekday evenings and/or weekends, depending on demand. After successfully completing these four (4) courses, students will continue on in the program, part or full time, graduating in May 2020 or 2021.

MSW Advanced Standing

MSW Plan of Study 2-Year

MSW Plan of Study 3 or 4-Year

MSW Plan of Study 3 or 4-Year

MSW Plan of Study 3-Year

MSW Plan of Study 4-Year

Advanced Year Concentrations

After completing the foundation curriculum, the MSW program provides the opportunity for advanced year MSW students to choose one of five outstanding concentration areas:

  • Child & Family Welfare
    • The Child and Family Welfare concentration prepares students interested in working in an interdisciplinary context with children and their families.
    • This concentration incorporates knowledge, values, and skills that professionals need to effectively work with children and their families across a broad range of social issues and in multiple programs.
    • After completing the foundation year MSW coursework, students in the second (specialized/concentration) year then develop their understanding about policies and services specific to children and families, family violence across the lifespan, community based practice with children and families and childhood psychopathology.
  • Forensic Social Work
    • The forensic social work concentration prepares students to apply the principles of social work to the legal system, including applicable local, state and federal laws; civil and criminal courts and the juvenile justice system; law enforcement agencies; and correctional facilities.
    • Your clients may be children or adults, individuals or families, organizations or communities. Their legal difficulties may involve child custody and parental rights issues due to domestic violence and neglect and crimes relating to mental illness and substance abuse. They may face arrest and incarceration, be imprisoned or hospitalized, or be on probation or parole. 
    • The Forensic Social Work concentration prepares students to serve all of these populations, by identifying societal issues and their impact on your clients; screening, assessing and counseling your clients; planning and implementing interventions; making client referrals; and otherwise serving as effective advocates for diverse and at-risk clients.
    • Upon completion of the MSW degree with a concentration in forensic social work, graduates may also qualify for an Advanced Certificate in Forensic Social Work by taking just one additional course, which is offered by Long Island University.
  • Gerontology in Long-term Care Administration or Management of Senior Community Services
    • Students in the Gerontology concentration learn the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of older people and the major issues, concepts and theories in late-stage functioning. 
    • Students who choose this concentration may focus on one of two areas (1) Long Term Care Administration, which focuses on leadership; and, (2) Senior Community Service, which covers micro, mezzo and macro practice. These two tracks meet the advanced curriculum objectives in providing advanced clinical and/or administrative knowledge in gerontology; and in furthering knowledge of the application of a collaborative approach in the interdisciplinary context.
    • The courses are offered in collaboration with the Department of Health Care and Public Administration and include a common base of knowledge for practice in both disciplines. Each track provides for the analysis of variations in role of health care administrators, social workers and other members of the interdisciplinary team and for the resolution of interdisciplinary role conflicts.
    • Students select a concentration* for specialized education in a particular area of practice:
      • Child and Family Welfare
      • Forensic Social Work
      • Gerontology
      • Nonprofit Management
      • Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors

    • Non-profit Management
      • Non-profit organizations have different governance structures, funding sources, missions, and staffing characteristics than private-for-profit or public sector organizations.  This concentration provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills to work effectively in and administer programs in virtually any segment of the social service community, from child welfare to health and mental health, and in a variety of programs addressing a broad range of social issues from hunger and homelessness to women at risk.
      • This concentration, which involves collaboration with the Department of Health Care and Public Administration is designed to provide an interdisciplinary classroom experience and experiential learning opportunities for social work students planning a career in non-profit management and social services. 
      • Students wishing to qualify for an Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Management, offered by LIU, need to take just one additional, fifth, course, either concurrently with their MSW courses, or after they complete their MSW program.

    • Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors
      • The LIU MSW Program offers students the opportunity to simultaneously meet the partial requirements towards the New York State Certificate in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC) while earning their MSW degree. 
        • The Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors concentration satisfies all of the educational requirements for the CASAC credential and issues its own Education and Training Provider Certificate. 
        • In addition, the MSW Degree contributes significantly (4000 hours) toward satisfying the 6000 hour work experience requirement for the CASAC certificate.
    Regardless of where a student in placed for their field placement, they will only have to complete 2000 hours, post MSW, in an OASAS facility to qualify for their CASAC.  

*Some concentrations fulfill partial requirements for Advanced Certificates

Field Education

Field education is the signature pedagogy of Social Work Education. Field Education is an integral component of the curriculum of any social work program. Experiences in the field engage the student in supervised social work practice and provide opportunities to apply classroom learning in the field setting. 

In the first year of field placement, LIU Brooklyn MSW students are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours in their internship during each of the standard Fall and Spring semesters, for a total of 400 hours in the generalist practice year.

During the second year of field, also referred to as the specialized practice experience, students are required to complete a total of 300 hours during each of the standard Fall and Spring semesters, for a total of 600 hours in the specialization year.

Thus, the minimum number of field hours required of LIU MSW students is 1,000 hours.

For a thorough review of the processes and requirements of field education in the LIU Brooklyn MSW Program, please refer to the MSW Field Manual, and related Appendices:

MSW 2017 Field Manual

MSW 2017 Field Manual Appendix

If you are interested in having a BASW or MSW student intern with your organization for their field placement, please contact

International Applicants

If required, applicants with foreign education must send TOEFL scores directly to Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus). LIU Brooklyn ETS reporting code is 2070.

International students must submit an international evaluation and translation for all international transcripts to SocialWorkCAS. These transcripts must be evaluated by NACES accredited organization and must be submitted by the application deadline. Students must alert the Social Work department of such transcripts by emailing Social Work Department Chairperson (see left side of this page).

For questions please contact the LIU Brooklyn Social Work office at 718-488-1025 or

Faculty and Administrators


Kathryn Krase
Department Chairperson
Associate Professor
Office: HS205
(718) 780-6544

Derek Brown
BASW Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Office: HS240
(718) 488-1188

Joanne Rees
MSW Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Office: HS 244
(718) 780-4520

Samuel Jones
Associate Professor
Office: HS 214
(718) 246-6442

Jessica Rosenberg
Office: HS 217

Donna Wang
Associate Professor
Office: HS248
(718) 780-6560


Administrative and Student Support

Naterena Parham-Cofield
Office: HS204
(718) 780-1025

Field Education Department

Sabrina Brown
Office: HS247
(718) 488-3372

Renie Rondon-Jackson
Office: HS245
(718) 780-4124

Rebecca Rivera
Office: HS246
(718) 780-4076


Peter Asch
Michael Ash
Sabrina Brown
Kelli Burgos
Nicholos Calabro
Hugh Carrington
Sean Douglas
Sylvia Fischman
Sharon Haberer
Je'mere Heyward
Doreen Howe
Shakira Kennedy
Arthur Kimmel
Daniel Kimmel
Melissa Lopez
Akiva Perlman
Sara Pinsky
Diane Racz
Helen Redmond
Attilio Rizzo
Rebecca Rivera
Renie Rondon-Jackson
Evan Steele
Mayer Zuckerman


School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean