Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Degree Program

Mission Statement
Concentration Areas
Nonprofit Management
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Forensic Social Work
Child and Family Welfare
Career Opportunities
Admission Criteria
Plan of Study
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
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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 agencies.

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 University’s 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.

Mission Statement
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 concentration areas.

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 administrator’s licensing examination in New York State.

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 loss.

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.

Nonprofit Management
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 Administrator’s Licensing Exam in New York State.

Nonprofit Management
Students who earn an M.S.W. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management will meet most of the academic requirements for Long Island University’s 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 will:

  • benefit from the opportunity to study with faculty experts, who have unique areas of expertise, at both campuses by moving between campuses or utilizing high-tech distance learning technology;
  • have the opportunity to enrich their graduate study experience by taking classes, mingling and learning with a more diverse student population as they become acquainted with members of two distinct communities through classes and program activities;
  • will have access to internships, field experiences and networking opportunities through university-community partnerships with organizations both in Brooklyn and on Long Island.

Career Opportunities
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
  • Hospitals
  • Law enforcement
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Mental health clinics/agencies (in-patient & out-patient)
  • Military Counseling Offices
  • Nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities
  • Policy, planning and research organizations
  • Private practice
  • Rehabilitation centers (physical/medical)
  • Schools
  • Senior Centers
  • Skilled Nursing facilities
  • Social and Human Services Centers
  • Women’s Shelters

Admission Criteria

The admission criteria and procedures reflect the program’s 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 accredited university
  • 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
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Personal characteristics and qualifications essential for professional work with vulnerable individuals and populations-at-risk

Plan of Study


Course Title Credits
Practice I 3
Policy I 3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 3
Research I 3
Field Instruction I 3


Course Title Credits
Practice II 3
Practice III 3
Policy II 3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3
Field Instruction II 3


Course Title Credits
Psychopathology 3
Research II (concentration specific) 3
Field Instruction III 3
Concentration Course I 3
Concentration Course II 3


Course Title Credits
Administrative Behavior 3
Concentration Course III 3
Concentration Course IV 3
Field Instruction IV 3
Capstone Seminar 3

Total credits: 60

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

Contact Information
Dr. Ilene Nathanson
C.W. Post Campus
Long Island University
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, New York 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-3924
Fax: 516-299-3911

Dr. Samuel Jones
Brooklyn Campus
Long Island University
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201-8423
Phone: 718-246-6442
Fax: 718-780-4303

E-mail inquires may be directed to

Application Information

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) or online.

Note: 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.

Long Island University C.W. Post Campus