Masters Degree in Social Work


The Mission of the Masters in Social Work program is to prepare students in a Christian context for the social work profession with the knowledge, values, and skills for competent and compassionate service and leadership with integrity. Graduates become an "extraordinary force" increasing the well-being of all people and promoting just and caring communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Why Study Social Work at Nyack?

We are a Christian college-based MSW graduate program in NYC.  Our students benefit from:

  • Marketable, competent and ethical professional integration of Christian faith into social work practice.
  • Collaboration within the city through our faith-based community collaborative, in addition to professional development colloquiums, seminars, and workshops.
  • A network of faith-based organizations and leaders to learn from and connect with in the city.
What Will I Study?

Students receive an education guided by a person-in-environment framework, strengths perspective and evidence-based practice, respect for human diversity, and a global perspective.

The foundation year is 30 semester credit hours. It includes a professional core of 24 credits, and 6 credits in field internships. Field internship accounts for 450 hours of agency-based field work that complements the foundation year of study. In the concentration year, an additional 600 hours completes the internship requirements for the degree. These requirements go hand-in-hand with classroom preparation.

Your education with the Graduate School of Social Work will provide a stimulating, challenging, and supportive environment that facilitates students’ commitment to ongoing growth and development.

Study Plan Options?

Students complete the MSW in either 2 years fulltime or part-time in 3 or 4 years.
An Experienced and Employed Social Service Practitioners (EESSP) track is available.
Advanced Standing is an accelerated program option for qualified BSW graduates.

Career Opportunities

Employment of Social Workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand in health care and other social services including:

  • Child, Family and School Social Workers
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Mental Health 
  • Substance Abuse
  • Community Social Workers
  • Management and Administration
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Congregational Settings
  • Correctional Services
  • Public Policy and Legislative Advocacy
Our Graduates

Our MSW Graduate students are taking charge in the vocation of social work and are now employed as:

  • Child-Parent Psychotherapist working with trauma-exposed children ages 0-5
  • Client Care Coordinators
  • Director of Counseling Services for birthparents in adoption agency
Key Faculty

Dr. Janet E. Furness, LMSW, Ed.D., ACSW, Professor and Director of the Master of Social Work program, is an educator, social activist, and scholar. She brings to the classroom over 40 years of quality leadership in community agencies, volunteer outreach, academic contexts, and congregational initiatives integrated with Christian commitment. Her scholarship examines the development of programs of social work education in evangelical institutions of higher education from 1960 - 1985. Enthusiasm nourishes her belief in the possibilities inherent in Nyack's vision for academic excellence, global engagement, intentional diversity, and transformative, socially relevant Christian higher education.   


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Credits:  63
Standard Completion Time:  2 years
Accreditation: The MSW program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education
Concentrations:  Clinical Social Work Practice, Leadership in Organizations and Communities


“Nyack has equipped me to view social work practice from a powerful perspective. Nyack has prepared me with values and standards that allow me to view my clients with the love of Christ. Being able to practice social work with this outlook makes my job more fulfilling.” -Jane Perry, Class of 2016