Long Island University's Master of Social Work Degree Earns
Premier Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education

Brookville, NY -- Long Island University's Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree program recently earned accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education, signifying that the program meets the highest standards of quality and academic excellence.

The M.S.W. Program is a two-year program that can be completed at either the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville or the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. The innovative, collaborative program, offers three in-demand specializations: Gerontology (either Long-Term Care Administration or Senior Community Service), Alcohol and Substance Abuse, or Non-Profit Management.

The program was created in response to specific health and human service needs within the community and to meet the demand for qualified social work professionals. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with underserved at-risk populations and to fill leadership and administrative positions in a wide variety of organizations throughout the community. The curriculum places as much emphasis on clinical practice as on administrative practice and fulfills curriculum requirements for the LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker) and LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) credentials. Additional post-graduate supervision is required before students can sit for the LCSW exam although students can sit for the LMSW immediately upon graduating. Students may concurrently fulfill requirements for advanced certificates (usually offered as post-graduate options) while fulfilling the requirements for the M.S.W. degree.

Opportunities are available for part-time study as well as Advanced Standing for students who have completed a baccalaureate program at an accredited social work program. The latter option allows students to enter the program at the advanced level of the M.S.W. curriculum.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a non-profit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country. The multi-step accreditation process involves program self-studies, site visits and the council's Commission on Accreditation reviews.

The baccalaureate programs in social work at both the C.W. Post Campus and Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University also hold CSWE accreditation.

For more information about the bachelor's or master's degree programs in social work at Long Island University, contact Dr. Ilene Nathanson at the C.W. Post Campus at 516-299-3924, Dr. Samuel Jones at the Brooklyn Campus at 718-246-6442, or e-mail betsy.klipera@liu.edu. Applications for enrollment at either campus are currently being accepted for the Fall 2007 semester, which begins September 5, 2007. Visit the social work web site at www.liu.edu/socialwork.

Posted: July 11, 2007