Making a difference where it counts

About Master of Social Work at Keuka College

To be a social worker is to help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges. Taking into account the strengths and needs of individuals, families, and communities, social workers help restore and improve social and emotional functioning. This ultimately works toward the goal of creating positive conditions for people to thrive. As a Keuka College Master of Social Work student, you’ll build upon the generalist foundation garnered from your undergraduate experience with a more in-depth, analytical understanding of human behavior, theory, policy and diversity. As a result, you will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to effectively engage in clinical practice and leadership roles.

A Master of Social Work degree opens the door to clinical jobs in a multitude of settings, including healthcare, non-profit organizations, child welfare, criminal justice institutions, Veterans Administration, and eventually starting your own private practice (if desired). Our clinical degree permits you to do more then individual, family, and group therapy. Graduates are also qualified to supervising social work trainees, conduct research, and make an impact on important societal issues through advocacy and various contributions to the profession.

Together, all social workers can make a difference and help our families and communities cope with the stresses of everyday life.

Master of Social Work Program Highlights

Flexible Formats

Attend class full-time at Keuka College’s main campus, or part-time at one of several partner locations throughout New York.

Experienced Faculty

Your professors will be incredible teachers who engage in clinical practice, research, and give presentations across the country and around the world.

Small Class Sizes

Small classes allow for a lot of one-on-one attention. Professors will know you by name, understand your strengths, and help you discover ways to become stronger—personally and professionally.

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Program Overview

Our clinically focused master of social work program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to provide effective, advanced psychotherapy and psychosocial services to clients at an individual, family, and group level.

With an MSW, you’re qualified to act in an administrative and supervisory capacity, and to serve as a leader in dynamic communities and organizations. Your elective courses and field work placement will prepare you to work within systems such as the Veteran’s Administration, health care settings, prison systems, schools, and community agencies.

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to sit for the state licensing exam, and can then begin your journey toward serving diverse client populations.

Our MSW program is offered in two advanced-standing formats (for those who have earned a B.S.W.)and one foundational format (for those new to the Social Work field), allowing you to find the enrollment option best suited to fit your work, life, and academic background.

Advanced Standing Options (for Those with a B.S.W.)

  • A full-time, 10-month academic year of coursework at Keuka College’s home campus (ten courses plus one elective and 500 hours of field instruction). Your classes take place year-round two days a week, online, and on one Saturday a month.
  • An extended, part-time format over 21 months at a partner location (ten courses plus one elective and 500 hours of field instruction). Your classes take place year-round two evenings per week, online, and on one Saturday a month. Some travel to the Keuka Park campus is required for elective and other coursework.

Foundations Option (for Those New to Social Work)

  • A full-time foundational year at Keuka College’s home campus (ten courses and 400 hours of field instruction). Your classes take place during the fall and spring semesters, one evening and one full day a week, online, and on one Saturday a month.

The Faculty

At Keuka College, your social work faculty are more than just great teachers. They’re seasoned professionals and innovative educators committed to your success. With background and expertise in traumatic brain injury, youth and adolescent counseling, women’s rights issues, solution-focused casework practice, advocacy for the disabled and underserved populations, mood disorders, effects of the child welfare system, and domestic violence, each of your professors come to the classroom with real-world, clinical experience.

They serve as role models, leaders, practitioners, and advocates dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals, paving the way to improve the health of the nation and the world.

Faculty in the Division of Social Work

Digital Literacy

Health care relies heavily on the development of digital and technological systems in order to promote continuous improvement for individuals, families and groups. The curriculum at Keuka College challenges you to think about these systems, and how their application can have broad significance to the communities you will serve. As a social work student, you can:

  • Design systems to identify trends in poverty, welfare, and population statistics.
  • Create an app/technology to assist clients in tracking their mood and daily productivity to assist in the treatment of a range of mental health issues.
  • Introduce tools to help train social work staff in the policies and procedures that govern the social work profession.

Global Education

Keuka College strives to provide a 21st century global learning environment, where you can immerse yourself in the cultures and communities of the people you will serve. As a social work student, not only will you have the opportunity to travel internationally for Field Practicum, but each course you take encourages you to think globally, consider the issues facing our society on a local and global level and develop a new, inclusive perspective on all the populations a social worker will work with.


Keuka College’s social work faculty are active scholars and researchers, and offer you the opportunity to partner on projects if that’s where your interests lie. Our faculty understand the importance of scholarship and its ability to enhance our understanding and advocacy for important societal and community-based issues.

Some of their research interests include the treatment of traumatized youth, transitioning to a competency-based education, an examination of local foster care practices, and building social capital.


We encourage all social work students to join the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, create and maintain professional standards, and advance sound social policies.

If eligible, you can also join Keuka College’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, aimed to provide a close bond among social work students, and to promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

Award Opportunities

Leadership Award

Awarded to a graduate student who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership in the social work program or community, and a commitment to the social work profession and the client systems it serves.

Outstanding Student of the Year Award

Awarded to a graduate student who demonstrates academic excellence, exceptional knowledge and skills in their field practicum, and commitment to the social work profession through his/her role as a student, practitioner, and community member.

Child Welfare Award

Awarded to a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who demonstrates dedication to children in the child welfare system, compassion, sensitivity, advocacy, competence, and dedication to a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach when working with this population.

Promising Professional Award

Awarded to a graduate, foundation-year student who demonstrates academic excellence, ethical integrity, exemplary character, and a passion for the profession.

National Association of Social Workers, New York Chapter – Genesee Valley Division

Each year, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), New York Chapter – Genesee Valley Division celebrates the accomplishments of a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, community service, and values and ethics.

Field Practicum and Elective Courses

Driven by your areas of academic interest and readiness for field work, you’ll design a practicum experience with your field director to ultimately be placed at an approved agency or institution.

If you’re on our advanced standing track, you’ll complete 500 hours of field instruction during the last two semesters of the program. Or if you’re joining us for a foundation year, you’ll complete 400 hours of clinical field placement concurrent with your seminar courses, followed by an additional 500 hours once you enter MSW coursework in your second year.

Thanks to the two elective courses required at the end of the program, you’ll enhance your degree by choosing to focus on trauma, military social work, substance abuse, group therapy, narrative therapy, or solution-focused therapy.

Admissions Requirements

Upcoming Deadlines

Depending on the type of program you choose, please submit your application and all required materials by the following deadlines for enrollment in a Fall 2020 cohort:

  • November 1, 2019 for Early Admission into Advanced Standing (Full-Time or Part-Time) and Foundation Year
  • February 15, 2020 for Advanced Standing (Full-Time) and Foundation Year
  • March 15, 2020 for Advanced Standing (Part-Time)

M.S.W. - Foundation Year Admissions Requirements

If you don’t have a bachelor’s in social work but would like to begin your journey to becoming a master’s-prepared social work practitioner, this track is for you.

To be considered for admission, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a C or better in writing, statistics, and human biology courses.

The MSW program does not grant social work course credit for life or previous work experience.

M.S.W. - Advanced Standing Requirements

If you’ve earned a bachelor’s in social work from an accredited CSWE institution within the past 6 years, then you’re eligible to apply to Keuka College’s Advanced Standing MSW program.

To be considered for admission, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s in social work degree from an accredited CSWE institution
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a B+ or better in all undergraduate social work courses.
  • Have a C or better in writing, statistics, and human biology courses.

Learning Outcomes

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires all programs to measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of CSWE.

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