Online/Blended Degree and Certificate Programs

Online Master of Social Work

High-Demand Degree: Combine your desire to make a difference with an advanced social work degree to become a qualified professional in a growing field.

The part-time Master of Social Work (MSW) program offered by the Adelphi University School of Social Work blends compelling theoretical study and real-world training to prepare students for diverse opportunities and rewarding careers in a vital and expanding field. The program can be completed online or on campus. There is also an accelerated Advanced Standing option for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work from a university or college accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. For more information on the Advanced Standing option for the Master’s of Social Work click here.

Students benefit from a high-touch, high-quality education with flexibility to balance all their obligations. Our faculty deliver personalized instruction in a convenient online format, including mandatory weekly synchronous online class sessions and twice-yearly on campus or virtual residencies. In light of the current public health crisis and the need to minimize interpersonal contact, we have moved the on-campus learning experiences to a remote format through Fall 2021.

Your Adelphi Online MSW also includes comprehensive assistance with field placements—wherever you reside.

If you are interested in the intersection of social work and health, you can personalize your degree path by choosing the Health Across the Life Course specialization. You will gain an overview of health care practice in order to provide expert, respectful care across diverse populations and throughout every phase of human life.

Demand for social workers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average rate for all occupations.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Adelphi’s Master of Social Work online students are given unique opportunities to prepare for licensure. In addition to offering exam preparation courses, Adelphi’s program integrates information from previous exams into the program’s coursework. This allows our graduates to assume roles such as social workers, administrators and educators in a wide range of settings that include:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Hospices
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Substance misuse clinics
  • Public and private schools
  • Child welfare organizations
  • Health and human services departments
  • Military bases
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs centers and clinics
  • Correctional facilities
  • Private practices

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  The online Master of Social Work does not accept international students.

Field Placements

Field education is a central component of graduate social work programs, teaching students to apply the theory and knowledge learned in the classroom to social work practice in agency settings.

Field work assignments include conducting face-to-face interviews with clients both individually and in group settings. We are affiliated with more than 1,000 human service agencies throughout the New York metropolitan region, including, but not limited to:

  • Child welfare agencies
  • Community centers
  • Detention centers and correctional facilities
  • Domestic violence agencies
  • Mental health clinics
  • Medical and psychiatric hospitals
  • Nursing homes and extended care facilities
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Schools
  • Substance abuse treatment programs
  • Veteran’s programs
  • Youth service agencies

Our experienced faculty will work with out-of-state residents to find similar field work sites. Visit our Field Placements page for more information on the timing and practicality of this central component to the Online MSW program.

Learn more about the on-campus MSW program here.

On-Campus Residency

Personal relationships are at the core of social work, and students in our online MSW program build professional connections with each other and their professors by attending required on-campus residencies.

These two to four-day, in-person experiences take place twice annually in August and January at Adelphi’s main campus on Long Island in Garden City, N.Y. During the residencies, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with peers and faculty in a traditional classroom setting as well as participate in networking opportunities like lunches.

See our curriculum page for more information and the residency schedule.

Virtual Residency

Beginning in January 2022, MSW students will have the option to attend virtual residencies, which will include opportunities to interact with peers and faculty. Students receive a virtual agenda prior to the residency. Current students may be granted permission to attend virtual residencies on a case-by-case basis.

See our curriculum page for more information and the residency schedule.

Who Can Benefit

The MSW program online is geared to individuals with busy professional and personal lives who want to expand their knowledge, hone their skills, and earn a professional credential that is required for employment or career advancement in the field of social work. Since we offer three distinct paths to degree completion, our students have varying educational and professional backgrounds and may have no professional social work experience. They typically are interested in human nature and social justice and want to make a difference in people’s lives. They include:

More than ninety percent of Adelphi University MSW degree program graduates gain employment within a year of graduation.

Program Benefits

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  • Our unique blend of online learning and five to six intensive residencies at our Long Island campus offer you a convenient educational option that makes sense for training in a discipline based on human connection.
  • Virtual residency option in lieu of on-campus learning, which includes networking opportunities with faculty and peers.
  • Distinguished faculty members with diverse research interests and professional backgrounds provide students with an exceptionally rich learning experience.
  • You flourish with comprehensive field placement support and benefit from a curriculum geared to licensure—in any state.
  • You gain an advantage in the field by graduating from a ranked school with a strong alumni network and national reputation for excellence.
  • We offer three paths to degree completion, tailored to your educational and professional background and geared to obtaining licensure.
  • Flexible entrance requirements—no GRE required

About the School of Social Work

Established in 1949 and continually accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1951, the Adelphi University School of Social Work has been leading the field for more than 65 years.

We train practitioners to improve the lives of individuals, families, groups and communities. The School is a strong advocate for social justice and a driving force for ethical social work practice. For these reasons and more, we are consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the nation.

Our classes are small and supportive, whether they are taught in a traditional classroom setting or online. We balance a challenging curriculum with a choice of flexible learning formats. Our faculty members are engaged social work scholars with extensive teaching experience. They also are recognized leaders in their respective fields.

Read our Mission Statement.