Unique Opportunities at the School of Social Welfare

From scholarships to field placements, study abroad to dual degrees, UAlbany-SUNY provides many flexible ways to prepare students for careers in social work.

  • Scholarships. In the past academic year, the School of Social Welfare awarded 40 scholarships. Students at all levels—in the undergraduate degree program, master's degree program, and Ph.D.—may apply for more than one of these scholarships in any academic year.
  • Study abroad. Many students embark on unique international experiences—in countries such as South Africa, Costa Rica, and Uganda—then bring back the lessons learned to improve social work in the U.S.
  • Advanced Standing Program. Qualified students with a recent bachelor's degree from an accredited social work program can take advantage of advanced standing, which grants them 21 credits toward the MSW—and the opportunity to complete the degree in a summer and one academic year.
  • Dual degrees. At UAlbany-SUNY, students can earn an MSW and another degree in several fields: a Master's in Criminal Justice, Public Health, or Bioethics, a JD degree, or a Ph.D. in Social Welfare.
  • Fieldwork. The School of Social Welfare draws on its partnerships with hundreds of social service agencies to establish a nearly unlimited array of field placements for students. These practica provide invaluable experience in senior centers and public schools, community child welfare agencies and mental health centers, government agencies, the New York State Legislature, and many other organizations.
  • Special internships. The internationally renowned Internships in Aging Program equips MSW students for leadership in services for older adults. The School also provides innovative internships in mental health, evidence-based practice, practice with LGBTQ individuals, and other fields.
  • SOGI (The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project at UAlbany) is an initiative of the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany. Formed in 2009, the SOGI Project's goals are to enhance the clinical skills of graduate students working with for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals (LGBTQ) clients, and to develop educational and campus-wide access for students across disciplines who are interested in LGBTQ studies.