Social Work (MSW)

HEGIS Number 2104.00

Mission Statement

The MSW Program at CUNY York College seeks to recruit and prepare scholars from the diverse surrounding communities to become highly educated, skilled, culturally competent and compassionate professionals so they can provide highly competent services to underserved urban areas. The program also maintains a strong emphasis on meeting the needs of clients within health care agencies and organizations compatible with the social work profession's mission to create a just and equitable world for the future of humanity.

The MSW Program at CUNY York College Mission is appropriate for advanced social work practice and is consistent with CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS, 2015). Guided by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the MSW program is committed to challenging oppression, respecting all human beings, embracing diversity, inclusion and ensuring that individuals, communities, and organizations function at an optimal level. The MSW program's mission is consistent with the mission of both the College and the core values of the profession of social work which include service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. Student scholars will also acquire the knowledge, skills, and values needed for advanced clinical, supervisory, administrative, research, and policy practice within the health care system.

Program Goals

The five program goals of the M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College are as follows:

  1. Educate outstanding social work practitioners in an intellectually rigorous environment so they can practice social work in urban health care settings and with diverse communities.
  2. Educate advanced social work practitioners to be knowledgeable, skilled, and culturally competent and whose attitudes, behaviors, and communication skills are based on the foundation of professional social work values and ethical principles.
  3. Prepare scholars for advanced social work practice with an understanding of the importance of continued self-reflection, professional development and self-care throughout their professional career.
  4. Provide professional opportunities for MSW scholars in a variety of health care sectors and settings.
  5. Engage scholars in faculty research, scholarship, and service to advance theory, policy, and practice in the profession of social work and the field of urban health care as well as provide them with hand-on and experiential learning of the implications of research- informs practice and practice-informed research.

Accreditation and Credentials

Candidancy

Effective February 2019, the Commission on Accreditation (COA) Granted Candidacy Status to MSW Program at CUNY York College.

NASW Code of Ethics

The M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College is dedicated to the fundamental principle that social work is a value-based profession that frames our professional actions, attitudes, helping us to shape a more equitable world for humanity.

Guided by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), social work is committed to challenge oppression, embracing diversity, and ensuring that individuals, communities, and organizations function at an optimal level. York College is located in Queens County, which is one of the most diverse boroughs in the United States. Scholars who currently attend York College speak 84 different languages; many of them are 1st generation immigrants who represent 150 different countries (Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, York College). Diversity on campus and at the current Social Work Program goes beyond ethnicity and is expressed in family structure, socioeconomic class, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, and religion. Consistent with the mission of York College and the City University, College is committed to inclusion, diversity and excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. The M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College incorporates the YC and the CUNY's mission to develop a rigorous academic program that educates and prepares first-rate professionals who respond to the needs of clients within the health care system in the surrounding urban community and abroad.

Council on Social Work Education

CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 750 accredited baccalaureate and master's degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession's goals of social and economic justice. CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.

Licensure

According to NYS Office of Professions, effective September 1, 2004, this requirement also applies to Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Master Social Workers.

  • Individuals in these professions, when applying initially for licensure or a limited permit, or for the renewal of a New York State license or registration, must provide documentation of having completed the coursework or training through a Department-approved course.
  • An MSW degree is required for licensure in New York and is the terminal practice degree for the profession. In addition, for Medicaid to pay for the clinical services provided in healthcare settings, the provider must be licensed and hold no less than a Master's degree in social work.
  • Upon completion of all requirements, MSW graduates are permitted to apply to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for licensure as a Licensed Master of Social Worker (LMSW). To learn more about the licensure process, visit NYSED.

Pass Rate

  • As of July 1, 2017, NYSED Office of Professions reported that for the County of Queens, 2,509 Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) and 1,665 Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and passed licensure examinations. According to Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), upon completion of the York MSW Program, first-time licensing exam takers will minimally meet the national pass rate of 81.2% (statistic is based on ASWB national 2016 data).

Mandated Training Related to Child Abuse

NYS Mandated Training Related to Child Abuse course is required to help prepare MSW scholars for licensure exams.

According to NYS Office of Professions, effective September 1, 2004, this requirement also applies to Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Master Social Workers. Individuals in these professions, when applying initially for licensure or a limited permit, or for the renewal of a New York State license or registration, must provide documentation of having completed the coursework or training through a Department-approved course. * Additionally, *programs registered by NYS that lead to licensure in these professions now are required to include training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. Students graduating from such programs on or after the effective dates are not required to take additional training and are not required to receive a Certificate form or submit documentation.

The course meets the New York State requirement for identifying and reporting child abuse. You will be taught to recognize incidents of physical abuse, sexual abuse, child neglect and behavioral indicators of maltreatment.

Participants will receive the required NYS Certificate of Completion application. For additional information, please email us at MSW@york.cuny.edu

General Admission Requirements for MSW Program

Eligible candidates must meet below criteria for admission to the MSW Program at CUNY York College:

  • Applicants must demonstrate promise as a master's level social work scholar and show readiness to take on graduate education;
  • Submit an application to the program, including a personal statement related to the MSW scholar's career goals, current comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae and official transcripts;
  • Hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. If BSW/BSSW, must be from CSWE accredited program.
  • A satisfactory scholastic average; must have attained an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher;
  • A group interview will be required; and
  • Must provide three letters of recommendation from instructors or employers (please do not include personal references) addressing the applicant's suitability for the social work profession and preparedness to enter a rigorous academic program;
  • All required coursework for the degree must receive a final grade of B or higher.

Advanced Standing Admission Requirements

In addition to general admission requirements, advanced standing applicants must:

  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program within the last five years.
  • Have attained an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0or higher and GPA of 3.2 in the social work major.
  • Submit undergraduate field placement evaluation (advanced standing applicants only).

Advanced Standing applicants are required to obtain the final evaluation from their senior field placement. Undergraduate field placement evaluation (advanced standing applicants only).

NE: Advanced standing is awarded only to graduates holding degrees from baccalaureate social work programs accredited by CSWE, recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Services*, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors.

This and all future references to degrees from social work programs accredited by CSWE, include degrees from CSWE-accredited programs or recognized through CSWE's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accrediting body.

York College of The City University of New York (CUNY) does not require a graduate entrance exam such as Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for admissions to the M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College.

Additional requirements for international applicants

TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 61 on the (Internet Based TOEFL (IBT). These scores should be sent to the SocialWorkCAS using the SocialWorkCAS TOEFL code of: 2992

For International Scholars - Submit official test scores to CUNY York College - University Code: 2992 A WES evaluation is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SocialWorkCAS Graduation Requirements Individuals applying for graduation from the MSW Program at CUNY York College must meet all requirements for the degree at York College of the City University of New York as defined by the most current Graduate Bulletin in effect at the time of admission to the program. The current structure of the program is geared toward professional programs.

Instructions for Applying to the MSW Program

It is very important to thoroughly review all sections of the M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College webpage prior to completing the application.

  • As part of the application process, an interview is required.
  • $75.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee (U.S. dollars) must be paid to York College as well as a SocialWorkCAS application fee of $50 before application is considered complete.
  • Do not use MSW@york.cuny.edu email address to submit MSW application or materials.

NE: The Non-Refundable Application Fee and sealed official transcript(s) may be delivered in person or mailed to Office of Admissions at: York College, CUNY Admissions Office (Room 1B07) 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd Jamaica, NY 11451.

We are a competitive program!

The MSW Program at CUNY York College is participating in the Social Work Centralized Application Service (SocialWorkCAS) in the 2020 application cycle. Applicants applying to our master's-level program will apply online using the SocialWorkCAS application beginning on August 30, 2019.

Effective Fall 2019

Social Work (MSW)

First Year26
Fall13
SCWK501Social Welfare Policy, Advocacy and Services3
SCWK503Social Work Practice I - Individuals, Families and Groups3
SCWK505Human Behavior and the Social Environment I3
SCWK507Generalist Field Placement and Seminar I4
Spring13
SCWK511Social Work Practice II - Organizations and Communities3
SCWK513Methods of Social Work Research3
SCWK517Human Behavior and Social Environment II3
SCWK519Generalist Field Placement Seminar II4
Second Year36
Fall18
SCWK601Urban Health Disparities and Global Health3
SCWK603Research Evaluation3
SCWK605Understanding Mental Disorders3
SCWK607Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings3
SCWK609Advanced Field Placement and Seminar III6
Spring18
SCWK613Social Policy Advocacy in Health Care3
SCWK615Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health3
SCWK621Advanced Field Placement and Seminar IV6
Two courses selected from among the following:6
SCWK618Clinical Social Work Practice in Relation to Death, Grief and Bereavement3
SCWK619Contemporary Issues: Violence as Structural Oppression3
SCWK620Beyond the Medical Model: Wellness Paradigms for the Social Work Profession3

Tuition and Fees

2019-2020

*NE: Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York at any time. In the event of any increase in the tuition or fees, payments already made will be treated as partial payment. Notification will be given of additional amounts due and the required date of payment. For additional description of fees, please review York College Graduate Bulletin.

FeeAmountDescription
Application Fee

$75

$50

Scholars applying for graduate admissions are required to pay a non-refundable.

SocialWorkCAS for first application.

Association, Consolidated, Technology and University Student Government Fees$213.60 Full-timeFEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
Commitment Fee$250.00 Full-timeThe enrollment deposit will be credited to your first semester's bill, which includes tuition and fees (this is not an additional fee).
*Licensing Prep Fee$18Per advanced seminar courses (fall and spring).
*Fingerprinting Fee$150If fingerprinting is required for your field placement, fees can begin at $150.

Masters in Social Work Tuition

ResidenceSemesterPer Credit
New York State Resident$7,315 per semesterFull-Time
New York State Non-Residents$1000 per credit$1000 per credit

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