Schedule A Visit & Frequently Asked Questions

Attend an information session at the School of Social Welfare, join one of our prospective student webinars, or meet us on the road to learn more about the field of social work and the school.

The information sessions are a great opportunity to learn more about our academic programs and the application process. 

Information Sessions
Thursday, August 6 at 3:00pm - Online MSW Info Session Register
Wednesday, August 12 at 3:30pm - Online MSW Info Session Register
Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00pm - Online MSW Info Session Register

 

All on-campus information sessions are held in Richardson Hall, Room 109 on the UAlbany Downtown Campus located at 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12222. On-street parking is available, as a University parking permit is required for the student parking lot.

 

Missed an Information Session? Watch a previous session.
Watch Completed Webinar  MSW Info Session Watch
Watch Completed Webinar  PhD in Social Work Webinar Watch
     

 

Individual appointments can also be scheduled. Please contact us at sswhelp@albany.edu.

 

 

 

MSW Program Admissions FAQs
When is the 2020 application deadline?

Our original deadline for the Fall Semester was January 30th, 2020 at 11:59pm. Our deadline has been extended for individuals with an incomplete application until February 29th, 2020 at 11:59pm. You can submit your completed application any time before this date, and you will receive an answer approximately 3-4 weeks after submission of your complete application.

How long will it take to find out whether or not I got in?

You will receive an answer approximately 3-4 weeks after submission of your complete application.

My undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0. Is that OK?

When looking at GPA, we also take into consideration trajectory, coursework, and other life events.  For students who have a GPA of 3.0 or below, we recommend you mention this in your personal statement and discuss how you have grown. Students with a lower GPA may also consider taking graduate level classes as a non-matriculated student to show how they can meet the academic rigor of the MSW program.

Do I need transcripts from only the school I got a degree from, or other schools I attended as well?

We require transcripts from all schools attended after you graduated from high school.

What are the scholarship and assistantship opportunities?

There are scholarships and assistantships available both within the Graduate School and the School of Social Welfare.
Learn more about opportunities available to all graduate students

The School of Social Welfare additionally offers over 40 different scholarships, and several assistantships. Scholarships for the School of Social Welfare open in Mid-Spring, and close in early summer, and applications for assistantships can be found within the application.

In the application, there is a space to upload the writing sample. Do I have to do a writing sample too?

We only require the “Statement of Background and Goals”. We do NOT require a writing sample.

More information on the “Statement of Background and Goals.”

MSW Program Coursework & Field FAQs
What does a typical schedule look like?

Class schedules vary for each individual.  Generally, classes are offered once a week for 3-hour periods. Part-time students take 2 classes in the Fall and Spring semesters and 1 during the summers, along with field placement in the 2nd and 4th year of the part-time program. A Full-time student takes 3-4 classes a semester, along with field in both years of the full-time program.

What times are classes offered, and how many classes are offered online?

Classes are offered at a variety of times (morning, afternoon, evening, weekend) and in various modalities. Modalities include in-person, online and hybrid (mixture of in-person and online). Classes during the week are usually offered at a few different 3-hour time blocks, for example morning, afternoon, and evening. Additionally, we offer weekend classes, which meet every other Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm. Online classes are offered through the Blackboard platform. Though we do not offer a fully online program, many students are able to meet the needs of their schedule by taking a variety of online, evening, or weekend classes.

When do I enroll for classes and field?

If you are accepted into the program, we will begin communicating with you about signing up for classes and field instruction in mid-to-late March.

How many credits transfer over for Advanced Standing credits?

Advanced Standing is a program available to BSW graduates to complete their MSW in a shortened period.  Up to 21 credits from your BSW studies can transfer to your MSW Advanced Standing program. Advanced Standing students are informed at the time of their admission regarding the number of credits they receive.

Can I get a field placement near where I live, or outside of Albany?

The field office places many students in and around the Capital Region. You will let the field office know your preferred counties of interest and the field office will do its best to place you within a reasonable distance from your residence. We help students find placements in areas such as Plattsburgh, Kingston, Utica, Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, Vermont, and more.

I’m working full-time, have family I take care of at home, and/or have many other commitments. How can I work with the school to make the program best fit my needs?

Classes are offered at a variety of times to help students meet their needs for flexibility. We have a variety of class offerings, including in-person, online, hybrid (mixture of in-person and online), evening, and weekend. The field office understands that students need to balance class, field, work, and other responsibilities. The learning opportunities that comprise quality field placements with appropriate supervision are mainly available on weekdays during regular business hours. 

As a MSW student, you will be required to be available on two weekdays during regular business hours, and you will have the opportunity to alert us of how your responsibilities may impact your ability to engage in a field internship on your field application. The academic and field team members are always willing to meet with you to discuss further questions.

What is the LMSW, LCSW and how does UAlbany’s SSW support students in the licensing process?

There are several levels of licensing that graduates of the MSW are qualified to obtain. When you graduate from UAlbany with an MSW, you are eligible to take the LMSW exam. We offer weekend workshops in the spring for graduating MSW students, in order to help prepare for the exam. The next step after the LMSW is the LCSW. This involves working under an LCSW in a clinical setting for 3 years, and then taking another test.