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.

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

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

STEP THREE: ACCEPTANCE

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

STEP FOUR: COMPLETE FAFSA

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

STEP FIVE: IMMUNIZATION RECORD

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.
SFS Director – NYACK NYC
(646)378-6125

Tuition & Fees 2018-19

$800/credit
Tech fee semester 1-8 credits: $100
Tech fee semester 9+ credits: $175

Grants & Scholarships

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

Key Faculty

Dr. Janet Furness

Dr. Janet Furness

MSW Program Director and Professor of Social Work