Prepare for a Social Work Career with Expertise in Criminal Justice
The dual master’s in criminal justice and master’s in social work program provides excellent preparation for clinical or managerial social work careers within the United States criminal justice system, or in community-based programs focused on crime prevention.
Equipped with both degrees, you’ll be ready to provide trauma-informed interventions, assist people with addiction and behavioral health problems, or manage programs focused on social justice and equity.
MSW PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University at Albany is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which meets the education qualification for master and clinical social work licensure in New York State.
Program of Study
Choose either the clinical or management macro practice concentration for your dual MA Criminal Justice/MSW studies. In both tracks, your coursework will focus on topics including micro and macro practice in social work, research design, theories of crime and social welfare policy. Learn to conduct interventions with individuals, families and groups if you complete the clinical concentration or develop competencies in managing and advocating for social service programs when you follow the macro practice track.
Customize your curriculum with an elective concentration like crime causation, prevention and intervention or justice systems to match your career goals.
You can complete the combined MA in Criminal Justice/MSW program in three years.
Social Work Curriculum
- Social Welfare Policy and Services
- Human Behavior and Social Environment I and II
- Micro Practice in Social Work I and II
- Macro Practice in Social Work I and II
- Field Instruction I, II, III, IV
- Concentration courses in clinical practice or social work management
Clinical Practice Concentration Courses
- One Advanced Policy Course
- Three Advanced Clinical Practice Courses
Macro Practice Concentration Courses
- Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment
- Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations
- Research Methods in Program Evaluation for Social Welfare Management
Criminal Justice Curriculum
- Applied Statistics I
- Research Design
- Theories of Crime
- Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice
- Master's Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice
(9 credits) Pursue a variety of elective courses or focus in one of four concentration areas:
- Crime Causation, Prevention, and Intervention
- Information Technology
- Justice Systems
- Problem Solving Analysis
The master’s in social work program requires you to complete two 500-hour agency practicums under the supervision of an experienced and licensed field instructor.
Your first internship (Field Instruction I and II), provides you with a foundation understanding of social work practice and relational skills. Through your advanced internship (Field Instruction III and IV), you’ll gain first-hand experience working in agencies where programs and services are focused on needs of victim or offender populations.
Potential internship locations include: addiction treatment facilities and halfway houses, jails, parole and probation offices, child and adult protective service agencies, and courts.
This combined master’s program prepares you to succeed in social work jobs that require specialized knowledge of criminology and American systems of law enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, sentencing, and corrections.
Common employers include: criminal, drug, juvenile, domestic violence, and family courts; prisons and jails; addiction treatment facilities and halfway houses; detention centers; parole and probation offices; protective services agencies; alternative and community corrections programs; and restorative justice organizations.
- Drug Court Social Worker
- Rehabilitation Program Director
- Inmate Substance Abuse Counselor
- Alternative Incarceration Administrator
- Youth Offender Probation Officer
- Reentry Transition Coordinator
- Crime Victim Assistance Clinician
- Detention Center Operations Supervisor
- Human Trafficking Trauma Therapist
- Protective Services Case Manager
- Child Forensic Interviewer Specialist