Earn Your MSW Degree in Syracuse, N.Y.

Advance your Social Work career and make positive change in Syracuse.

As the central New York community comes together to advance social justice, combat widespread poverty, and treat mental health challenges, it needs talented social workers like you. According to the New York State Department of Labor, more than 1,100 new community and social service jobs are added in central New York each year. 

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A Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Keuka College will prepare you for some of the most impactful and highest-paying of these roles.

Keuka College's program offers a clinical focus, meaning you'll graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced psychotherapy and psychosocial services to individual, family, and group-level clients.


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Earn your Master's in Social Work in less than two years.

In-Person and Online Hybrid

Our MSW blends the best of both worlds: the benefits of face-to-face instruction with the convenience and affordability of online.

Your MSW Program Guide

A guide to earning your MSW degree in Syracuse.

Get more information to make the decision that's right for you:

  • Featured courses and program outcomes
  • Admission requirements
  • Tuition and financial aid information

The MSW degree in Syracuse is offered in a part-time format. That means you'll be able to earn your degree quickly and still be able to balance your personal and professional obligations.

Advanced Standing

  • Finish your MSW in less than two years (20 months).
  • The program is designed for those who have a bachelor's degree in Social Work. If your bachelor's degree is in another discipline, the MSW Foundations program can help you achieve your goals.
  • No GRE or GMAT required.
  • Attend class in Syracuse one or two evenings per week and occasional Saturdays.
  • See degree requirements and course descriptions.
  • This program is also available in a 100% online format

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited institution within the past six years, or successful completion of Keuka College's MSW Foundations year. 
  • A cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A "B+" or better in all undergraduate Social Work courses.
  • A "C" or better in writing, statistics, and human biology courses. 

CSWE Accredited

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredits Keuka College’s Master of Social Work program. Students graduate prepared for the New York State licensing exam to become a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Learn more about our accreditation.

The hands-on clinical placement is one of the most meaningful and rewarding aspects of earning an MSW degree.

There's an array of exciting opportunities for clinical placements in and around Syracuse. The MSW Field Director will work with you to customize your field experience to reflect your educational goals, desired practice specialty, and schedule to the fullest extent possible.

You'll gain 500 hours of real-world, hands-on experience in your clinical. And your professors, the MSW Field Director, and your field supervisor will be there to guide and mentor you each step of the way.

Recent CNY Clinical Placement Sites

Syracuse City School District
Catholic Charities of Onondaga County
Planned Parenthood
Mohawk Valley Health System
Loretto Health and Rehabilitation
Salvation Army

An MSW degree qualifies you to sit for the state licensing exam to become a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).

As an LMSW, you'll be able to provide services spanning a host of mental, emotional, and social issues in an array of clinical settings. Once you've gained additional experience as an LMSW, you'll be able to sit for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) exam and engage in private practice. Learn more about Social Work licensure in New York.

The fastest-growing Social Work careers in and around Syracuse include:

  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers
  • Mental Health Social Workers
  • Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Healthcare Social Workers
  • Rehabilitation Counselors

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job growth for Social Workers is projected to be much faster than average between 2019 and 2029 in the United States.

And according to the New York State Department of Labor, employment prospects in central New York for Social Workers with a master's degree are very favorable.

Experienced Licensed Clinical Social Workers with the "R" privilege can earn more than $100,000 per year in the central New York region.

The faculty who teach in the MSW program are more than outstanding teachers and accomplished academics; they're excellent clinicians who practice in and around Syracuse. Meet your MSW faculty team below, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.