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 MSW faculty are actively engaged in meaningful scholarship and practice across a diverse range of social problems and settings. This participation in Social Work practice at various levels ensure your classroom instruction is grounded in empirical and experiential knowledge. All adjunct faculty and the majority of full-time faculty are current practitioners in schools, hospitals, in-patient facilities, grass roots organizations, community-based agencies, and private practices. Their work with individuals across the lifespan focuses on areas including developmental disabilities, substance use, death and dying, trauma, mental illness, veterans, legally involved clients, and community outreach. 

With a value for life-long learning, full-time faculty are committed to scholarly pursuits. Some of their current research projects focus on trauma, veterans, foster care, family transitions, clinical supervision, self-care, intervention research, and program evaluation. Students interested in gaining more experience or knowledge in these areas are encouraged to work with faculty members. MSW faculty members are frequent partners with students in taking their training to the next level by presenting at local and state conferences and even working toward publication.


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

Excellence in Clinical Social Work

Excellence in Clinical Social Work is presented to one graduating social work student who meets the following criteria:

The student has consistently demonstrated clinical expertise and professional excellence. This has been established by the student's performance and conduct during classroom exercises and activities that involve clinical practice and diagnostics such as role plays, mock clinical interviews and assessments. To enhance their knowledge, education and clinical skills, the student consistently uses supervision to receive feedback regarding their professional growth and openly uses feedback to improve. The student demonstrates the ability to differentially apply theory to practice and utilizes research to explore best practices. Additionally, the student has actively attended workshops, trainings and other learning opportunities outside of the classroom to further develop their clinical excellence.

This award is by faculty nomination and vote only.

Leadership in Social Work Values and Ethics Award

The Leadership in Social Work Values and Ethics Award at Keuka College is presented to a graduating MSW student who models the core values and ethics of social work practice in the classroom as well as in the community.

The student inspires others and is viewed as a positive role model in the following ways:

  • The student demonstrates a deep commitment to helping people in need, to addressing social problems, and to challenging social injustice
  • The student respects the inherent dignity and worth of all people by treating each person in a caring and respectful fashion and by embracing cultural and ethnic diversity. 
  • The student demonstrates an understanding of the central importance of human relationships and engages others in a collaborative way
  • The student demonstrates honesty and integrity, consistently behaving in a trustworthy manner
  • The student continually strives to increase his/her professional knowledge and skills and to apply them in practice
  • The student demonstrates leadership in the social work profession by being proactive, solution-focused, inclusive of others, and by holding others accountable for upholding social work values and ethics
This award is by faculty nomination and vote only.

Academic Excellence Award

  • The Academic Excellence Award is presented to one graduating MSW social work student and one MSW foundation student who meet the following criteria:
  • The student has demonstrated academic excellence throughout their entire time within the Keuka College MSW social work program. This includes having achieved and maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 across all semesters.
  • In addition to maintaining a 3.75 academic GPA, the student has conducted themselves throughout the program in an exemplary manner that personifies the values and competencies of the social work profession and has conducted themselves in accordance with the Classroom Etiquette and Program Expectations (see below).
  • The student actively participates in class and is a positive role model to their peers by way of professional conduct and collegiality.
  • Beyond meeting the academic rigors of the program the student has gone "above and beyond" in their contributions to their school.
This award is by faculty nomination and vote only.

Outstanding MSW Field Work Award

The Outstanding MSW Field Work Award goes to one Advanced Standing Student and one Foundation Student.

This student has demonstrated understanding and excellence in application of all of the ten competencies at their field practicum. This includes achieving mastered or superior performance marks in all areas of the final field evaluation. Additionally, this student has left a positive impact for clients at the field site that stands out for going above and beyond the field placement requirements.  Lastly, this student shows enthusiasm and dedication for both the agency and clients served.

This award is by field instructor nomination and faculty vote.

Exceptional MSW Field Instructor Award

The Outstanding MSW Field Instructor Award goes to one Field Instructor hosting a MSW student.

This Field Instructor has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring and guiding their student(s) throughout the field practicum by providing rich learning opportunities, maintaining consistent and supportive supervision, challenging students to continue to be active learners, adhering to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and shows commitment to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) competencies. Additionally, this instructor has partnered with Keuka College in providing a collaborative field education experience. 

This award is by student and faculty nominations and faculty vote.

Exemplary Capstone Poster Award

This award is given to the student who, by vote of faculty, is deemed to have demonstrated exemplary performance based on professionalism, rigor, and content in the completion of their Capstone Research project. The Capstone research posters are a demonstration of the culmination of learning and application of clinical and research skills MSW students acquired over the course of their program.

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:

  • February 15, 2020 for Advanced Standing (Full-Time) and Foundation Year
  • March 15, 2020 for Advanced Standing (Part-Time)

**There is a non-refundable $50 application fee.

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.

Tuition & Aid

Program Credits Cost/Credit Total
Master of Social Work (Foundations Year) 31 $760 $23,560
Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing) 35 $760 $26,600

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