Long Island University’s Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree program -- accredited by the prestigious Council on Social Work Education -- offers an innovative interdisciplinary approach to social work education. The program offers highly specialized concentrations in Gerontology, Nonprofit Management and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling.
This program was created in response to specific needs
within the community and the field of social work. Graduates of
the program will be prepared to work with under-served at-risk populations
and to fill leadership and administrative positions in a wide variety
of organizations throughout the community. Armed with the Master
of Social Work degree, graduates will hold the credentials required
for many desirable jobs at a time when there is significant demand
for qualified social work professionals.
This M.S.W. program is designed to enable students to
identify issues within society and plan and implement appropriate
multi-dimensional interventions; to screen, assess and counsel individuals,
groups, families and communities; handle case and care management;
make client referrals; conduct research; teach; carry out advocacy
for diverse and at-risk groups in need; and to lead and manage non-profit
Students who have successfully completed foundation coursework achieved under the auspices of an accredited baccalaureate program may be eligible for Advanced Standing status. This policy complies with the Council on Social Work Education's guidelines regarding advanced standing. Students are not expected to repeat coursework already covered in an accredited social work program; however, only those courses in which the student has received a "B" or better will be accepted for credit. Up to one full year of credit may be accepted.
The Long Island University M.S.W. program is a collaboration
between the Universitys Brooklyn Campus and C.W. Post Campus
(Brookville), with courses offered at both locations. Students may
complete the M.S.W. at either Long Island University campus, but are
encouraged to utilize the resources of both locations.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
This innovative M.S.W. program brings an interdisciplinary approach
to graduate social work studies, combining coursework not only across
campuses but also across departments within campuses and across
traditional social work disciplines. Students who earn the Master
of Social Work degree from Long Island University will have the
skills, knowledge and values required to deliver direct care to
a broad population as well as in the field of their chosen concentration.
They will be prepared to manage and administer social service programs
and agencies within the fields of mental health, community service,
social service, and case and care management.
The mission of the Master of Social Work Program at Long Island
University is to prepare graduate students for advanced interdisciplinary
and collaborative professional social work practice with individuals,
families, groups, organizations and communities.
The Long Island University M.S.W. Program offers five
Students in the Gerontology* concentration will learn to understand
the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of older
people and the major issues, concepts and theories in late-stage
functioning. Students who choose this concentration may focus on
one of two areas: direct client service through Senior Community
Service or leadership roles in Long-Term Care Administration.
Those who take the Long-Term Care Administration
track will gain an in-depth understanding of health care facility
administration, health care financing, legal issues in health care,
and personnel management. The Long-Term Care Administration track
meets most of the academic requirements for eligibility for the
nursing home administrators licensing examination in New York
The Senior Community Services track incorporates
both clinical and administrative content areas. Students on this
track will learn to plan and develop community services for older
adults; perform intervention and treatment planning for older adults;
and understand and manage issues of death, dying, bereavement and
As an added benefit, graduates of both tracks for
the M.S.W. degree with a concentration in Gerontology may also qualify
for a New York State Advanced Certificate by taking just
one additional course, which is offered by Long Island University.
The M.S.W. concentration in Nonprofit Management* will provide
students with the knowledge, values and skills to effectively work
in and administer programs in virtually any segment of the social
service community, from child welfare to health and mental health,
and in a variety of programs addressing a broad range of social
issues from hunger and homelessness to women at risk. Upon completion
of the M.S.W. degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Management,
graduates may also qualify for an Advanced Certificate in
Nonprofit Management by taking just one additional course, which
is offered by Long Island University.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
The Alcohol and Substance Abuse concentration incorporates various
methods and systems of practice, to prepare students to work with
individuals, families, groups, and the community at large. This
concentration will prepare graduates for work in settings ranging
from school social work to community-based services, and from mental
health clinics to the criminal justice system.
Graduates of this program will have the knowledge,
skills and values to deliver alcoholism and substance abuse counseling;
to perform assessment, clinical evaluation, treatment planning,
case management, and client, family and community education; and
to become completely familiar with their professional and ethical
responsibilities and the documentation process.
The Alcohol and Substance Abuse concentration has
been designed in conjunction with New York State Department of Education's
requirements for CASAC (Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Counseling). Students can complete the requirements for CASAC by
fulfilling additional hours of an internship after completion of
the M.S.W. degree.
*The Gerontology and Nonprofit Management
concentrations are offered in collaboration with the Master of Public
Administration (MPA) programs at the C.W. Post and Brooklyn Campuses
of Long Island University, both of which are accredited by the National
Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
Child and Family Welfare
The Child and Family Welfare concentration prepares graduates to work with children, families and communities. The course work was developed in collaboration with child welfare staff to incorporate the requisite knowledge, values and skills that advanced practitioners need to work with and on behalf of children and their families. Students will develop their understanding about policies and services specific to children and families, family violence across the lifespan, community based practice with children and families, and childhood psychopathology to prepare them to work in multiple public and private child welfare settings.
Forensic Social Work
Forensic social workers perform a vital public service in guiding their clients through the daunting and ever-changing legal system. These professionals possess a firm grasp of the civil, criminal, and juvenile justice systems, along with a profound understanding of how socioeconomic, cultural, religious, and other aspects of their clients’ lives may impact access to legal services.
To meet a growing national interest in forensics (the application of physical science, mental health, technology and the legal system) and a growing recognition of the complex interplay between social, clinical, and legal services, the Department of Social Work offers a Forensics Social Work concentration within the 60-credit Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program in the School of Health Professions and Nursing.
As a graduate of the Master of Social Work Program with the concentration in Forensic Social Work, you will be exceptionally prepared to apply the principles of social work to the legal system, including applicable local, state and federal laws; civil and criminal courts and the juvenile justice system; law enforcement agencies; and correctional facilities. Your clients may be children or adults, individuals or families, organizations or communities. Their legal difficulties may involve child custody and parental rights issues due to domestic violence and neglect and crimes relating to mental illness and substance abuse. They may face arrest and incarceration, be imprisoned or hospitalized, or be on probation or parole.
The Forensic Social Work concentration prepares you to serve all of these populations, by identifying societal issues and their impact on your clients; screening, assessing and counseling your clients; planning and implementing interventions; making client referrals; and otherwise serving as effective advocates for diverse and at-risk clients, who may range from individual children or adults to organizations or communities.
Graduates of the Long-Term Care Administration track within
the Gerontology concentration of the M.S.W. program will meet most
of the academic requirements for the Nursing Home Administrators
Licensing Exam in New York State.
Students who earn an M.S.W. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management
will meet most of the academic requirements for Long Island Universitys
Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Students who successfully complete the Alcohol and Substance
Abuse Concentration will be prepared to meet the New York State
Department of Education requirements for the Certificate in Alcohol
and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC), a sought-after credential.
Two Campuses, Twice the Resources
This dual-campus Long Island University M.S.W. program offers
an unparalleled educational opportunity to students in the New York
metropolitan area by utilizing the resources of two major university
campuses and connecting two diverse student populations. Students
With a Master of Social Work, you can find employment in:
Adoption and foster care agencies
Assisted living facilities
Advocacy and Coalition groups
Child protective agencies
Crisis intervention organizations
Disaster relief agencies
Domestic Violence Agencies
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
Homelessness & Hunger Advocacy Networks
Long-term care facilities
Mental health clinics/agencies (in-patient
Military Counseling Offices
Nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities
Policy, planning and research organizations
Rehabilitation centers (physical/medical)
Skilled Nursing facilities
Social and Human Services Centers
The admission criteria and procedures reflect the programs
goals and objectives, and support the Long Island University philosophy
of "Access and Excellence." The program seeks students
from diverse backgrounds who reflect the diversity of the populations
its graduates will serve encompassing both the suburban
population of Nassau County and the widely multi-ethnic urban
population of Brooklyn and Queens. Students who apply to this
program should be interested in working with populations-at-risk,
including the elderly; immigrants and refugees; the physically
and mentally challenged; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
(GLBT) populations; the suburban and urban poor; and other populations
economically at-risk, through direct care or leadership roles
in the field of social work.
The Long Island University M.S.W. Program seeks applicants who have
a broad liberal arts education consisting of the humanities, social
and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences including biology,
and courses reflective of a basic interest in human services.
Additional requirements include:
A bachelor of arts degree from a regionally
A minimum overall grade point average of 2.8
A "B" average in courses taken during
the final four semesters of undergraduate study
A minimum of three recommendations
A personal narrative/autobiographical statement
Personal characteristics and qualifications
essential for professional work with vulnerable individuals
FIRST YEAR FALL SEMESTER
|Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
|Field Instruction I
FIRST YEAR SPRING SEMESTER
|Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
|Field Instruction II
SECOND YEAR FALL SEMESTER
|Research II (concentration specific)
|Field Instruction III
|Concentration Course I
|Concentration Course II
SECOND YEAR SPRING SEMESTER
|Concentration Course III
|Concentration Course IV
|Field Instruction IV
Program Administration and Faculty
Chief Administrator: Ilene L. Nathanson, DSW, BCD
Brooklyn Campus Site Coordinator: Samuel C. Jones, DSW
Director of Field Education: Pamela Brodlieb, MSW
Faculty: Elissa D. Giffords, DSW; Orly Calderon, Psy.D.; Amandia
Speakes-Lewis, MSW; Kevin Gabrielli, MSW
Dr. Ilene Nathanson
C.W. Post Campus
Long Island University
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, New York 11548-1300
Dr. Samuel Jones
Long Island University
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201-8423
E-mail inquires may be directed to
Students interested in the M.S.W. degree program may begin the application
process by submitting an Admission Application to the C.W. Post
Campus or Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Applications
may be obtained by contacting the program administrators (above)
Admission to the Long Island University M.S.W. program requires completion
of a C.W. Post or Brooklyn Campus Admission Application as well
as a separate M.S.W. Program Application, which will be provided
upon receipt of the on-line Admission Application or by mail with
the Admission Application packet.