Earn Your MSW in Rochester, NY

There's never been a more important time to advance your Social Work career in Rochester. 

As the Rochester community comes together to advance social justice, combat widespread poverty, and treat mental health challenges, it needs talented social workers like you. In fact, the state Department of Labor reports that more than 1,690 new social service jobs are added in the Rochester region 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 MSW degree 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.

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

Advanced Standing

  • Earn 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.
  • Attend class in Victor one or two evenings per week and occasional Saturdays.
  • No GRE or GMAT required.
  • 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. 


Keuka College’s Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 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 exciting and rewarding aspects of the MSW program.

There are countless exciting opportunities for clinical placements in and around Rochester. The MSW Field Director will work with you to tailor your field experience to reflect your educational goals, desired practice specialty, and scheduling requests to the fullest extent possible. 

Your clinical placement will provide you with 500 hours of real-world, hands-on experience. And your professors, the MSW Field Director, and your field supervisor will be there to help you each step of the way. 

Recent Clinical Placement Sites in Rochester

University of Rochester Medical Center
Catholic Charities Community Services
Rochester CIty School District
Planned Parenthood
Willow Domestic Violence Center
Salvation Army
Thompson Health

Your MSW will qualify you to sit for the state licensing exam to become a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). 

As an LMSW, you'll be able to offer services spanning an array of mental, emotional, and social issues in a variety of clinical settings. After you've gained sufficient 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.

More than 1,690 social service jobs are added in the Rochester region annually. With an MSW degree, you'll be prepared for almost all of them.

The fastest-growing Social Work careers in Rochester include:

  • Healthcare Social Workers
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers
  • Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • 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, regional employment prospects 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 Rochester region.

The MSW faculty are more than outstanding teachers and accomplished academics — they're actively practicing clinicians as well. Meet your Rochester MSW faculty team below, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.