MSW Degree Pathways

Social Work Practice

The Two-Year Full-Time Program is designed for students who can devote themselves to full-time academic and field study in social work. Students attend classes two days a week, and are in field placement three days a week. Students usually complete the 60 academic credits required for graduation in two years.

One-Year Residence (OYR) Program

The One-Year Residence (OYR) Program provides professional social work education for a selected group of experienced students. The program is designed to provide access to the Master of Social Work degree for students whose personal responsibilities make the Two-Year Full-Time program impractical. Individuals are eligible to apply if they have meet all admission requirements and have a minimum of two years full-time employment in a recognized social welfare institution at the time of the application deadline and their current social welfare employer agrees to provide them with an internship approved by the School during their second year in the program.

Applicants must be sponsored by their employers for admission to the OYR Program. Sponsorship requires the agency to agree to provide the student with an educationally sound field work assignment including: a licensed field instructor who has completed or will complete a Seminar in Field Instruction; a substantial change in the student’s job assignment during the residency year; and released time for the student to attend classes during the residency year. The program is organized around three “time frames,” which include both part-time and full-time study. In total, in the standard OYR Program, students enroll in course work for five semesters and two summers. Students are permitted to take up to 30 hours of course work on a part-time basis while remaining in full-time employment. In this work-study model of social work education, the student’s field work requirements are met at the agency of employment. As a result, the student is able to remain employed while earning MSW degree credits through all phases of the program until completion of the degree.

Time Frame I is completed in evening or day classes over two semesters and one summer. Most students complete the first time frame in one year, earning 15 to 17 credits.

Time Frame II, also known as the “residency” year, begins following the completion of 15-17 credits of course work and occurs during the second year of matriculation. The requirement for a single practicum is based on the student’s prior knowledge of social service organizations and the delivery of social services on a pre-professional level. The current employer agrees, prior to admission, to provide an internship that must then be approved by the School. The practicum requirement is for four days a week (28 hours per week) during the entire academic year, including January, when classes may not be in session. Students take a full day of classes (either on a Tuesday or a Wednesday) during Time Frame II.

Time Frame III represents the culmination of course work requirements. Classes are held one evening a week for the fall semester; graduation follows in January.

The Advanced Standing Program

The Advanced Standing Program at the Silberman School of Social Work is an intensive program for students who have graduated from a CSWE- (Council on Social Work Education-) accredited baccalaureate social work program. A limited number of qualified applicants are accepted. Applicants must have received their undergraduate degree within the last five years. Applicants to the Advanced Standing Program must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 and 3.2 in their social work major. Applicants must meet all other admission criteria for acceptance into the graduate social work program at Silberman. Applicants accepted into the program will be waived from some courses required in the first year of the M.S.W. program. Silberman’s Advanced Standing Program begins in the summer or fall and is followed by one academic year of full-time study.

Accelerated Full-Time and Accelerated OYR Programs

The Accelerated Programs are designed for outstanding students prepared to participate in an intensive, year-round learning experience beginning in January. The Accelerated Program option is only available to those students wishing to specialize in Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families. Full-time students complete the program in three semesters plus two summers of study. These students are assigned field placements and complete their first-year requirements by the end of the summer in their first eight months of enrollment. They start their third semester in the fall and graduate the following August. Students who are already working in the human service field and meet the entry criteria for the One-Year Residency Program described above complete the program in four semesters and two summers of study. They enter the Accelerated OYR Program beginning with evening study in January through the summer and complete their Time Frame II studies in the following fall and spring. They are eligible to graduate the following December. Winter session study is also required.

Dual-Degree Program:
Silberman School of Social Work and the Bank Street College of Education

This dual-degree program is designed to prepare social workers to understand and work with the special needs and vulnerabilities of children from birth to age three and their families. The program prepares social workers for professional roles that combine both educational and clinical skills. The curriculum design incorporates theoretical and practice aspects of each degree into a cohesive educational and professional program. Applicants apply to each institution separately. The MSW and the MS in Education degrees are awarded simultaneously at the completion of each program by the respective institution. The program requirements satisfy the accreditation standards for each degree.

In the first two years of the program, students have an intensive experience at each institution. In the third year, students move between both institutions to complete course work. Both institutions require a supervised field practicum. Applicants must meet all admission standards of the MSW program and are required to have experience working with children.