• Collaboration: Nazareth College and The College at Brockport jointly provide you with the best educational experience for advanced social work practice.
  • Location: Classes are currently held in Rochester (Brockport Downtown); Cayuga Community College's campus in Auburn, N.Y.; and Jefferson Higher Education Center in Watertown, N.Y.
  • Applications are currently open for the Auburn program for spring 2019. For future options, fill out the Request Info form on this page.
  • Employment and licensing success: Many students accept social work job offers before or soon after graduating and successfully pass the state licensing exams within three months of graduation.

Apply for Spring 2019 (Auburn only)

  • Location: A 36-credit, advanced standing, part-time cohort starts in spring 2019 at Cayuga Community College's University Center campus in Auburn, N.Y.
  • For this GRC MSW collaborative program of Nazareth College and The College at Brockport, read application instructions and apply only via Brockport.
  • Application deadline: November 15, 2018
  • Questions? Contact the GRC MSW office, 585-395-8450grcmsw@brockport.edu; Brockport Downtown, 5th Floor, 161 Chestnut Street, Rochester, NY 14604

Future Semesters

Nazareth College and The College at Brockport have mutually decided to separate the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program, and each College anticipates offering its own independent MSW program starting Fall 2019.

The strength of the faculty, and our 20 years of experience in offering a high quality MSW collaborative program has positioned The College at Brockport and Nazareth College with the opportunity to separate and offer independent MSW programs.

This decision signals a strong commitment to social work education by both Colleges, providing each institution with new opportunities to build their own MSW program in their own unique ways that fit the mission and strategic priorities of each college while continuing to meet the growing needs of our students and communities.

We are working with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and New York State Education Department (NYSED) to ensure a smooth, seamless, and expeditious accreditation and state registration process for both of the independent MSW programs.

Current Students

  • Students graduating by August 2019 will graduate from the GRC MSW Program of Nazareth College and The College at Brockport.
  • Continuing MSW students will choose to transfer to the College at Brockport MSW Program or to the Nazareth College MSW Program.
  • Students at the satellite sites in Watertown and Auburn will continue to take classes at the Jefferson Community College (JCC) and Cayuga Community College (CCC) locations, which will be served by Nazareth College.
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Prospective Students

We anticipate that each College will begin admitting students to their independent MSW programs for Fall 2019. To receive updates, fill out the MSW: Master's of Social Work Updates form on this page.

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Day and evening classes; daytime fieldwork


Some classes at each site are offered online or hybrid (half online).


Complete in as fast as 1-2 years full-time


Internships, field experience, study abroad options

Program Options

Traditional M.S.W. (60 credits)
Advanced Standing (36 credits)
Advanced Certificate in Gerontological Social Work (15 credits, which can be part of the 36- or 60-credit M.S.W. program)

Curriculum Examples

  • Cultural Humility and Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Assessment and Brief Interventions
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
  • Evidence Based Practice in Mental Health
  • Social Work Practice in Health Care
  • Disability Studies in Social Work Practice
Catalog: Program Requirements & Course Descriptions »

Value of your Degree

First-time pass rates on social work licensing exams in 2017:

  • 85% (of 90 GRC MSW exam takers) passed the New York State Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) exam, compared to 76% statewide and 81% nationally.
  • 100% (of 26 GRC MSW exam takers) passed the New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) exam, compared to 78% statewide and nationally. Graduates are eligible to take the LCSW three years after receiving their LMSW and after completing 2,000 hours of supervised clinical licensed practice. Our curriculum meets the 12 clinical credit hours required by the LCSW license.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Graduate's Perspective

"The Naz-Brockport program offers intimate class sizes. Professors make themselves readily available via text, phone, or email. Real social workers are teaching the classes, with real experience with issues you may face such as ethical dilemmas or people who are struggling but say they don't want help."

Denise Hynson, '14G, who went back to school after a career in finance and now works as a mental health therapist with Rochester Regional Health in the Rochester, N.Y. area.

What to Expect

  • Field education: Our contracts with over 250 agencies in 25 counties offer depth and breadth of field placements. Nearly all are scheduled during regular business hours. Choose to intern in community-based programs that address issues such as substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and at-risk families; or in health care settings as part of interprofessional and behavioral health care teams.
  • Opportunities: In addition to our acclaimed gerontological certificate program, we offer several funded traineeships, experiential learning, and study abroad courses.
  • Focus: Become prepared to help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities achieve their goals and promote social and economic justice and equality.


This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national association representing social work education in the United States.