Master of Social Work - Alliance University

The Mission of the Nyack College Master of Social Work Program is to prepare students in a Christian context for the Social Work profession with the knowledge, values and skill for competent and compassionate service and leadership, with integrity, in order to increase the well-being of all people and promote just and caring communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Why Study Social Work at Nyack?

We are a Christian based college 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 Diverse community, 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 generalist 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 generalist year of study. In the specialization 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.

At a Glance

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

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    Study Plan Options?

    Students complete the MSW program in either; 2 year full time or 3-4 year part time.

    Advanced Standing is an accelerated program option for qualified BSW graduates. Advanced Standing students complete the MSW program in either 1 year full time or over 2 years part time. An Experienced and Employed Social Service Practitioners (EESSP) field option is also available. The EESSP Option is designed for students who are already employed in a social service setting for at least six months and are able to complete the required 900 internship field hours in their place of employment, during their Specialization year.

    Career Opportunities

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialization.

    • 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 Welfare/Child Protective Services
    • Mental/Behavioral Health or Community Health
    • Crisis Interventions/Information & Referral
    • Education/Training
    • Family Service
    • Youth Services
    • Aging/Gerontological SWK/Adult Protective Services
    • Violent/Victim Services
    • Health/Medical Care
    • Intellectual/Developmental Variances
    • Alcohol/Drug or Substance Abuse
    • Community Practice
    Master of Social Work - Alliance University

    After we receive all of your completed application materials, your file will be reviewed and you will receive notification of your admission status.

    Master of Social Work - Alliance University

    A financial aid assessment will be made once you are
    accepted for admissions AND have completed your FAFSA.

    Master of Social Work - Alliance University

    Students must submit this Immunization Record Form prior to enrollment.

    Student Loans

    Federal Financial Aid

    Federal Financial Aid is available to graduate students in the form of loans. This type of financial aid helps cover school expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, and transportation. Students are required to file a FAFSA in order to be eligible for any federal aid. Once you have submitted your FAFSA and you have been accepted to Nyack your Award Letter will inform you of what you are eligible to receive.

    Entrance or Exit Loan Counseling

    Entrance Counseling (required of all first time borrowers)
    Exit Counseling (required of all students entering repayment. i.e.-graduating seniors)
    When taking out loans to pay for school, remember you are making an investment. Borrow wisely and only if absolutely necessary to pay for college related costs.

    Federal Loans

    Please note: Students are advised that if they enter into a Title IV Federal loan, the loan data will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. NSLDS information can be accessed here.

    Direct Stafford Loans

    GRAD PLUS Loans

    NYS Licensed Social Worker Loan Forgiveness Program

    The NYS Licensed Social Worker Loan Forgiveness Program is being offered to increase the number of licensed social workers working in critical human service areas including but not limited to the following fields; home care, health, mental health, substance abuse, aging, HIV/AIDS and child welfare or communities with multilingual needs.

    Alternative Loans

    Contact Financial Aid

    Financial Aid Counselor – MSW
    Phone: (646)378-6124 Fax: (212)226-5794
    Address: 2 Washington Street, New York NY 10004
    Office Hours: M-F 10am – 6pm and Fridays by appointment only.
    Isaac Foster
    SFS Director – NYACK NYC

    Tuition & Fees 2022-2023

    Tech fee semester 2-8 credits: $150
    Tech fee semester 9+ credits: $250

    Grants & Scholarships

    Nyack College Alumni: $250/credit
    Nyack MSW Grant: $150/credit (enrolled in 6+ credits starting in 2015/16 school year)

    Head of Program

    Master of Social Work - Alliance University

    Dr. Stacey Barker

    Professor of Social Work and Director of the MSW Program