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Online Master of Social Work

Program Benefits

  • Online Flexibility
  • Distinguished Faculty
  • Personalized Approach
  • Placements Near You
  • 90%+ Employment Rate
  • No GRE
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Amanda Schleisner

Not only is Adelphi a well-respected institution, but the Online MSW program allows for the flexibility to earn the degree while working full time and having a family. It is evident that all the program’s faculty and staff are in the students’ corner and will work to see them succeed. My peers are some of the most driven, passionate people I have ever met, and I’m so thankful to be on this journey with them all!”

Amanda Schleisner,
current student

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Adelphi has been recognized as a Career Development College for the exceptional way in which our institution is equipping students with the skills to succeed in their lifelong career journey.
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Adelphi has been recognized by the Colleges of Distinction organization for our dedication to equal opportunity for all students, faculty, and staff.
College Factual
Adelphi University’s Social Work program is top ranked by College Factual in 2023.
Council on Social Work Education
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.

Program Overview

New York Campus

The Online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is a part-time program designed to prepare students for advanced professional social work practice in a range of health and human services agencies. The graduate program offers the perfect balance of online convenience and personal, face-to-face learning with renowned faculty and fellow students. There is also an 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 Online Master’s of Social Work click here.

The coursework can be primarily completed online, on your own time, allowing you to manage work and family responsibilities. You’ll benefit from receiving individualized instruction from our dedicated faculty during live, online sessions. You will also have the opportunity to attend either two on-campus residencies at Adelphi’s main campus on Long Island, just outside New York City, or two virtual residencies. In addition, our caring team will help to arrange field placements for you in the NYC area or near your own community.

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

Adelphi is proud to offer the Online MSW program with a rigorous but flexible curriculum taught by expert faculty who are practitioners, researchers and activists. The core curriculum provides the knowledge, skills, values and ethics essential to all forms and levels of generalist social work practice. You will then build on this foundation through advanced, contemporary direct practice that prepares you to apply sophisticated clinical skills to your work with individuals, small groups, families and couples.

Ranked among the country's Best Master’s in Social Work by U.S. News and World Report.
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Recognized Adelphi in the Community Engagement Classification.

An optional Health Across the Life Course specialization is available for those who want an essential overview of health care practice within the context of social work services. Fulfilled through three elective courses and supported by a field education assignment in a health care setting, this specialization is ideal for those who want to meet the growing demand for social workers in health settings. Participants will be empowered to provide exceptional care across diverse populations and throughout every phase of human life.

To learn more about Adelphi University’s Online Master of Social Work (MSW), use the form provided and download a free brochure.

On-Campus Experiences

New York Campus

Nurturing productive one-on-one relationships is a vital part of any successful social work career. Our online MSW program ensures you have the chance to form personal connections with other students during on-campus visits, which are hosted twice annually at Adelphi’s main campus on Long Island. As part of these required in-person experiences, you’ll attend sessions in traditional classrooms and have lunch with your professors and peers.

Our intensive on-campus experiences take place in August and January, the week before the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, respectively.

Students attend classes from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. over the course of two to four days, always incorporating a weekend to accommodate full-time work schedules.

In light of the current public health crisis and the need to minimize interpersonal contact, Adelphi University has moved the learning experiences on the Long Island campus to a remote format through Fall 2021.

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.

Our intensive virtual residency experiences will take place in August and January, the week before the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, respectively.

Students attend classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the course of two to four days, always incorporating a weekend to accommodate full-time work schedules. Please note that there are required live sessions on Thursday evenings.

Request information for additional details on the structure of the remote format.

About Adelphi and the School of Social Work

Graduate About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,200 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.

More than 100,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

At the Adelphi University School of Social Work, we train practitioners to improve the lives of individuals, families, groups and communities. We’re consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the nation—a strong advocate for social justice and a driving force for ethical social work practice.


The demand for social workers is expected to rise 15% by 2026—much faster than the national average.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


of MSW students gain employment within a year after graduating.