Academic Programs at the School of Social Welfare

What makes for a first-rate education in social work? High-caliber faculty, unique opportunities to practice, and a rigorous curriculum at every level - bachelor's, MSW, and Ph.D. This is precisely what you'll find at the UAlbany-SUNY School of Social Welfare:

  • The faculty ranks in the top 5% nationwide in terms of research productivity. Many have participated in the profession's most important studies and leadership initiatives. This alone makes the School a leader among colleges and universities across the United States.
  • Students hone their skills to a high level - in areas from individual counseling to social welfare policy - through fieldwork at hundreds of agencies throughout New York's Capital Region.
  • The curriculum provides an exceptional foundation for clinical practice, organizational development, and academic research.

Our social welfare programs include three levels of study:

  • The undergraduate degree program includes generalist coursework and field practica that prepare students for beginning social work practice.
  • The MSW degree program includes a choice of two challenging tracks - clinical practice or organizational management - and fieldwork in each semester to prepare students for careers in social work.
  • Ph.D. candidates at the School have researched everything from family violence and dementia to grandparents raising grandchildren. They benefit from our primary strengths in the fields of aging, children and families, diversity, addictions, and mental health.