• Curriculum: Coursework focuses on training you to be an ethical and competent advanced practitioner who respects diversity and promotes justice, dignity, health, and wellness through integrative, collaborative, and interprofessional practice with emphasis on leadership, collaboration, and supervision in social work.
  • Specializations: The program provides the opportunity to specialize in:
    • Play Therapy
    • Trauma-Informed Care
    • Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health
  • Program options
    • 36 credits if you have an undergraduate degree in social work
    • 60 credits if you have an undergraduate degree outside of social work
    • Part-time or full-time
  • Locations:
    • Nazareth College campus in Rochester, New York
    • satellite site in Watertown, New York (Jefferson Higher Education Center), for part-time students
  • Results: Nazareth College's MSW program graduates ranked #2 in New York State for passing the licensed master social worker (LMSW) licensure exam, according to New York State Office of Professions, 2020 (most recent year available).


30 or 60 credits, full-time or part-time


Daytime and/or evening classes


In person and hybrid class options


Field experience, internships, and study abroad opportunities

Program Options

60-credit Program
36-credit Program (Advanced Standing)

Course Examples

  • SWK 508: Diagnostic Process
  • SWK 654: Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health
  • SWK 656: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [elective]
  • SWK 657: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy [elective]

Making Grad School Affordable

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


Graduate's Perspective

"Everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life and to have someone on their side willing to fight for them. I am ecstatic to help be this person. The Nazareth College MSW program helped me gain essential skills to help me thrive in a micro, mezzo, and macro level of social work practice. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and are always willing to go the extra mile to assist you. I would strongly recommend choosing Nazareth to obtain a master's degree!"

— Carlie Masino '21G, hired as an inpatient social worker at Rochester Regional Health

What to Expect

  • Interprofessional, interdisciplinary course training: As part of Nazareth’s School of Health and Human Services, you have the opportunity to collaborate with others in multiple health professions. Experiential opportunities are offered in most classes including collaborations within the York Institute for Wellness and Rehabilitation on campus.
  • You have the option to include an early-intervention interprofessional concentration (track): Rochester Scholars for Early Intervention helps you develop specialty knowledge and skills to be a strong advocate for young children and their families.
  • Specialized knowledge: Your Nazareth experiences include training in ethics, diversity, cultural humility, social justice, and leadership to prepare you for future roles as a practitioner, collaborator, supervisor, and changemaker. You have the option to specialize in play therapy, trauma-informed care, or evidence-based practice in mental health.
  • Field education: Our program partners with over 250 agencies to offer experiential learning opportunities in field education. Opportunities exist across settings where you will be part of interprofessional and collaborative teams.
  • International opportunities: Short-term study abroad trips to India, Jamaica, or Finland offer interprofessional, transformational experiences and global perspective


Nazareth College's MSW program is registered with the New York State Education Department, and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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