The Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program

  • Be on the cutting edge of new directions in social work by focusing on collaborative, community-based practice using strengths-based, empowerment-oriented, interdisciplinary approaches. 
  • Be well prepared to help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities achieve their goals and promote social and economic justice and equality.
  • The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the two concentrations — Family and Community, and Interdisciplinary Health Concentrations — are approved by the New York state Education Department as meeting the 12 clinical credits required for the licensed clinical social worker exam.
  • Study abroad opportunity: Learn about international social work practices in India.
  • Students and faculty can collaborate in clinical services, research, and the development of innovative practices in the Social Work Services clinic at Nazareth's York Institute. Graduate social work students also take that work off-campus, coordinating and volunteering at the annual Homeless Connect project in downtown Rochester.
  • You have the option to get specialized preparation in working with school-age children with autism, and your cost for those courses may be covered by a federal grant. See details about the Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism (I-SPAN) specialization and the I-SPAN Scholars grant opportunity.

Program Options

Traditional M.S.W. (60 credits)

Program is ideal for:

  • Students who earned a bachelor’s degree in a discipline outside of social work. 
  • Program can be completed in two years (four semesters) full-time, or in three or four years (including summer sessions) part-time.

Advanced Standing (36 credits)

Program is ideal for:

  • Students who earned a bachelor of social work within the past eight years from a program accredited by the CSWE. 
  • Program can be completed in three semesters (one calendar year) full-time, or in five semesters (including one summer session) part-time.

Advanced Certificate in Gerontological Social Work (15 credits)

Program is ideal for:

  • Students who wish to work with aging adults. 
  • The Hartford Partnership in Aging Education Field Model (HPPAE) is at the heart of the certificate program (9 credits) and serves as your concentration field placement requirement for the MSW degree. In addition, take two electives (6 credits) with gerontological content. 
  • The electives and field placement are incorporated into your regular plan of study.

Choice of Locations

  • Rochester: Day and evening classes are at the Brockport MetroCenter in downtown Rochester, near human services agencies. Some classes may be held on the Nazareth College campus, Pittsford. Choose to concentrate on community-based programs that serve at-risk families, or prepare to work in health care settings such as comprehensive/specialized health care facilities, public health clinics and programs, medically based senior health care facilities, wellness/preventive health care, and mental health programs.
  • Watertown or Auburn: Evening classes for part-time study are offered at two extension sites: Jefferson Higher Education Center in Watertown, N.Y., and Cayuga Community College's campus in Auburn, N.Y.

Career Information

Our graduates typically do well on the social work licensing exam:

  • In 2013, their first-time pass rate of 91 percent placed us in the top three of the 17 M.S.W. programs in New York state. 
  • The national average pass rate was 84 percent and the state average was 82 percent for first-time takers. 
  • The previous year, our graduates tied for first place with Columbia University.

Joint Program



This collaboration between Nazareth College and The College at Brockport provides you with the best educational experience from two of the area’s finest academic institutions and is the only master of social work program in the nation that partners a private comprehensive college and a state university.

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, '14, who went back to school after a career in finance and now works with teens and young adults with chemical addiction at Villa of Hope in Rochester, N.Y.

Application Deadlines

Full-time programs
  • The College at Brockport MetroCenter, Rochester, NY
    • January 15: full-time 36-credit advanced standing program (summer admission only)
    • January 15: full-time 60-credit program (fall admission only)
Part-time programs
  • The College at Brockport MetroCenter, Rochester, NY
    • March 15: part-time 36-credit advanced standing program (fall admission only)
    • March 15: part-time 60-credit Program (fall admission only)
  • Cayuga CC University Center, Auburn, NY
    • Deadline extended to June 15, 2016: 36-credit advanced standing program (part-time, fall 2016 admission)
    • March 15, 2017: 60-credit program (part-time, fall 2017 admission)
  • Jefferson CC Higher Education Center, Watertown, NY
    • Deadline extended to June 15, 2016: 60-credit program (part-time, fall 2016 admission)
    • March 15, 2017: 36-credit advanced standing program (part-time, fall 2017 admission)

Applications received after the deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

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Social Work at Nazareth College

    Program Contact:

    Brad A. Snyder, MPA

    Coordinator of Admissions, Registration and Student Services


    Office location: 
    The College at Brockport MetroCenter
    55 St. Paul Street, Suite 253
    Rochester, NY 14604

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