Master of Social Work


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About the Program

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is designed to train students for advanced social work practice with systems of any size (micro, mezzo, and macro). In the foundation year of the master of social work curriculum, students are taught the basics of generalist social work practice. The concentration year focuses on the development of clinical practice skills such as using the DSM V, managing crisis, applying advanced clinical techniques, demonstrating competency in a clinical practicum that emphasizes children and families; and students will focus on the clinical needs of other marginalized groups. After the completion of this program, students are encouraged to sit for the licensure at the LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work) or LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) levels.

The two year MSW program is a 60 credit hour program and the one year Advanced Standing MSW Program is a 30-33 credit hour program. Students are required to complete a minimum number of clock hours in field education.

What can I do with an MSW?

  • Clinical Practice (shortage of LCSWs in WNY and NY)
  • Private Practice
  • Work in a variety of settings: hospitals, correctional facilities, nursing homes, schools

Why at Daemen MSW?

  • A proven leader in Social Work Education
  • Evening and weekend classes
  • Seasoned Professors

Who should apply?

  • People with a desire to change world
  • People with a liberal arts background
  • Those who want to build and enhance their clinical skills


One of the most popular fields of social work practice is with children and families. Studies have shown that there is shortage of social work professionals who work in child welfare/family services arena. The program concentration offers advanced training that allows practitioners to enter into a therapeutic relationship with children and their families in hope of resolving concerns and conflicts. In the future, the program hopes to establish concentration tracks in other areas such as Military, Geriatrics and Immigrants/Displaced populations.

Student Centered Learning

  • Small, friendly environment
  • Professors are personal, but professional
  • Diverse Environment
  • Engaged Community

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Wow! Daemen students & faculty travel abroad during the inter-semester break!

Faculty accompanied students to Mexico City and Cuernavaca for the January inter-semester term.

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