• Collaboration: Nazareth College and The College at Brockport jointly provide you with the best educational experience for advanced social work practice.
  • Location: Choose the Rochester (MetroCenter downtown), Auburn, or Watertown campus
  • 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.


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.

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.
  • 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.

How to Apply

For this collaborative program with The College at Brockport, read application instructions and apply only via Brockport.

Application Deadlines

Full-time programs
Part-time programs


Brad A. Snyder, MPA
Coordinator of Admissions, Registration, and Student Services

Brockport Downtown
568 - 5th Floor
161 Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604

Info Sessions

Join us for an information session in Rochester, Auburn, or Watertown, to meet with faculty/staff and learn about becoming an M.S.W. grad student in this unique program. Learn about admission requirements, the application process and general program information.



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