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2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work

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Social Work

The MSW program is a unique collaboration between Nazareth College of Rochester and SUNY College at Brockport, both having a long history of social work education in Rochester.

The mission of the GRC MSW program is to educate students to become competent and ethical professional social workers who will promote social and economic justice and equality though collaborative community-focused practice that reflects the rights, needs, and dignity of all people.

Program Goals

As a reflection of its mission, the overall goals of the Master of Social Work Program are to:

  1. Provide advanced social work education incorporating theoretical knowledge and critical thinking within an advanced integrated practice framework; emphasizing an ecological strength-based community collaborative, empowerment model of practice to promote social and economic justice.
  2. Educate social work practitioners who are ethical, critical thinkers engaged in ongoing inquiry and life-long learning.
  3. Develop practitioners who provide autonomous social work practice and leadership in health, human service, and other community organizations, as well as in diverse communities to assist high need or at-risk populations.
  4. Infuse a critical understanding of culturally competent and gender sensitive advanced practice in working with diverse groups, and to adapt social work knowledge and skills to meet the needs of disenfranchised and historically oppressed groups.
  5. Promote and support research and knowledge development to improve the effectiveness of social work practice, policies, and programs.
  6. Promote the health and well being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by advancing social justice in a changing environment and in a global society.

The program’s commitment is to prepare social workers for advanced integrated practice within an interdisciplinary and community collaborative context. Students will be taught to facilitate individual, family, group, organizational, and community change that improves the lives of people, particularly those that have been oppressed and/or disempowered. The program provides opportunities for students to be on the cutting edge of new directions for social work practice.

Within the advanced integrated perspective of the program, students focus on one of two concentrations: Family and Community Practice, or Interdisciplinary Health Care. The two concentrations prepare students to work within a community collaborative based practice approach that involves interdisciplinary and inter-agency cooperative efforts. The focus of intervention in the community context provides opportunities to assimilate and integrate cultural diversity into change efforts.

The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and is registered with the New York State Education Department.

For further information, call: (585) 395-8450
e-mail: grcmsw@brockport.edu
Website address: http://www.naz.edu/dept/social_work/

Program Director
Carol Brownstein-Evans, Ph.D

Entry Requirements  

Please note: there is no single factor used to determine student admission to the GRC MSW program. Rather, a combination of factors is considered as follows:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0.
  2. Official transcripts. The academic record should reflect a strong liberal arts perspective. The following are required: one (3 credit) course in Human Biology; one (3 credit) course in Statistics; three (3 credit) courses in the Social Sciences (including one in psychology, one in sociology, and a third in another discipline); three (3 credit) courses in the Humanities; one additional (3 credit) course in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, or Computer Science. All courses must have a grade of “C” or better. (Note: If an applicant is currently enrolled in a prerequisite course, he/she may still file the application. The prerequisite course must be completed before the applicant matriculates into the program.)
  3. Three reference forms and accompanying letters of recommendation.
  4. Application and fee.
  5. Completion of the personal-professional statement as described on the application form.
  6. Preference is given to applicants with prior paid or volunteer experience with relevance to social work, though it is not required.

Advanced Standing Admission  


Students who have graduated within the past eight years from a CSWE accredited baccalaureate social work program are eligible to apply for admission to the MSW Advanced Standing Program. Additional minimum admission requirements are:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  2. A copy of the applicant’s BSW field practicum evaluations.
  3. Three reference forms and accompanying letters of recommendation, including one from a social work faculty member who can attest to the candidate’s ability to do graduate level work, and one from a social work supervisor who can attest to the candidate’s ability to engage in graduate level practice.
  4. A practice example and personal-professional statement as described on the application form.


Since the GRC MSW program operates as a bi-institutional collaborative program, the tuition structure for this program varies from the tuition of Nazareth College and SUNY Brockport. Applicants may contact the program director directly at (585) 395-8459 for program specific information, including current tuition rates.

Application Deadlines  


January 15 for Advanced Standing Admission
March 15 for Admission to 60 credit Program

General Program Requirements and Curriculum Foundation Year Courses: (30 credits)

Foundation courses are designed to provide a generalist perspective. The following courses are required during the first year of the 60 credit program:

Concentration Year Courses: (21 credits)

The second-year curriculum is designed to provide the framework for advanced integrated practice and consists of a set of common courses and six elective credits, PLUS the selection of one the following concentrations: Family and Community Practice OR Interdisciplinary Health Care Practice. Students choose a concentration at the time of application. The set of common required courses includes:

Family and Community Practice Concentration: (9 credits)

The Family and Community Practice concentration prepares students to plan, develop, and implement family-focused services from a collaborative, community-based perspective. The following are required courses in this  concentration:

Interdisciplinary Health Care Concentration: (9 credits)

The Interdisciplinary Health Care Practice concentration prepares students for practice in diverse health care settings. A public health model of community intervention is emphasized. The following are required courses in this concentration:

Part-time and Advanced Standing Options:

60-credit program options: The MSW Program has full-time and part-time options for the 60-credit hour program. Full-time students finish the course of study over four semesters, and part-time students in nine semesters.

39-credit Advanced Standing program options: Applicants who have graduated within the last eight years from a CSWE accredited BSW program are eligible to apply for the 39-credit Advanced Standing program, full-time or part-time. The Advanced Standing full-time option is completed in three semesters, the part-time option in six semesters. In addition to the 21 credits of concentration year courses and the nine (9) credits in either the Family and Community Practice concentration OR the Interdisciplinary Health Care concentration, the Advanced Standing Program includes:

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