Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D. M.S.W.
Chairperson/Associate Professor

Naterena Parham-Cofield
Administrative and Student Support Coordinator 
Department of Social Work
School of Health Professions
LIU Brooklyn
1 University Plaza
Health Sciences Building, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 488-1025

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at Long Island University is to educate and train professional social work practitioners who are well grounded in the profession’s history, purpose, and philosophy and who can competently and effectively work with diverse populations of clients and client systems in the richness of the New York City and beyond. Integral to competent practice is the ability to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. Graduates of our MSW program are prepared to engage in practice that is informed by a diverse body of theories and knowledge, social work values, and professional social work skills.

The LIU MSW Program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), signifying that it meets the highest standards of academic excellence. The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at LIU Brooklyn is a collaboration with the LIU Post campus in Brookville, New York.

Our MSW program provides a step-wise progression to support student understanding of generalist and specialized social work practice. The generalist practice curriculum includes content in the foundation areas of social work: policy, practice, human behavior, research, diversity, professional values, and promotion of social justice, and applied through a field education experience.

The advanced year curriculum deepens the student’s understanding and demonstrated mastery of psychosocial assessment, administrative theory and practice, and diversity sensitive practice. Students select a specific area of concentration for specialized education in a particular area of practice. Field experience in the second year provides an opportunity for the student to apply in practice specialized knowledge, values and skills gained through their selected concentration.

MSW Student Handbook-17-18 FINAL

How to Apply

Students who are interested in the MSW program must either apply for regular program admission (60 credit program), choosing either Full-Time or Part-Time options, or Advanced Standing (33 credit program reserved for graduates from accredited undergraduate social work programs), choosing either Full-Time or Part-Time options. Please note, applicants are only allowed to apply to one program (Regular or Advanced Standing) per application cycle.

Current LIU Brooklyn undergraduates should contact the Social Work Department for special instructions on how to submit their application. Interested candidates who are not current LIU Brooklyn undergraduates must submit their application materials through the Social Work Centralized Application Services (SocialWorkCAS):

The preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox. SocialWorkCAS must receive the application (created online), three references, personal statement, resume and transcripts to be considered verified. Once the application is complete/verified your documents will be released to LIU Brooklyn for review. Please allow for 2-4 weeks (depending on time of year) for SocialWorkCAS and respective institutions to send/review/verify your documents.

All official transcripts should be sent directly to SocialWorkCAS:

SocialWorkCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9212
Watertown, MA 02471

Please note that LIU-Brooklyn MSW program cannot access unverified applications. Applicants should monitor their application status at ( For questions about the receipt, processing and verification of your application, please contact SocialWorkCAS Customer Service at 857-304-2016 or email: For other questions, please contact the LIU-Brooklyn Social Work Department.

MSW SocialWorkCAS Professional Transcript Entry Overview

MSW SocialWorkCAS Fees and Fee Waiver


Admissions Requirements

The LIU Brooklyn MSW Program seeks applicants with a broad liberal arts background, consisting of past study in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences including biology, and courses reflective of a basic interest in human services.  

We seek students from diverse backgrounds.  We are especially interested in students with an expressed commitment to advocating for social, economic and environmental justice, whether at the local, national, and/or global level.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality of the following criteria:

  • A Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university

  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.8 (on 4.0 scale)

  • "B" (3.0) average in courses taken during final four semesters of undergraduate study

  • Three professional letters of recommendation from faculty, advisors, and/or field/employment supervisors

  • Current resume

  • A substantive personal essay (3-4 pages in length).

We encourage applicants to explain why they are pursuing a career in social work. Use this opportunity to show the faculty on our admissions committee that your writing skills are appropriate for graduate level work. You can also use the personal statement as the opportunity to explain the strengths and/or challenges presented in other areas of your application. For instance, if your undergraduate GPA is under a 3.0, please use part of your personal statement to explain how past grades are not indicative of your academic ability now.

Applying for Admissions

Applications for Fall admissions are reviewed on a rolling basis, starting the September prior to the start of the program.

  • Applicants are only allowed to apply to one program (Regular or Advanced Standing) per application cycle.

  • LIU Brooklyn's MSW program admits students during Fall semester only. There is no Spring semester admission currently available.


International Applicants

If required, applicants with foreign education must send TOEFL scores directly to Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus). LIU Brooklyn ETS reporting code is 2070.

International students must submit an international evaluation and translation for all international transcripts to SocialWorkCAS. These transcripts must be evaluated by NACES accredited organization and must be submitted by the application deadline. Students must alert the Social Work department of such transcripts by emailing Social Work Department Chairperson (see left side of this page).

For questions please contact the LIU Brooklyn Social Work office at 718-488-1025 or

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon:

  • Earning a grade of B or better in all field education courses
  • Maintaining a minimum grade-point average of 3.0
  • Being in compliance with all program and CSWE standards including Education Policy 2.1.1 which requires that students "Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly."
  • Earning the required 60 credits within a five-year period

MSW Student Handbook-17-18 FINAL

Plans of Study

MSW Advanced Standing

MSW Plan of Study 2-Year

MSW Plan of Study 3 or 4-Year

MSW Plan of Study 3 or 4-Year

MSW Plan of Study 3-Year

MSW Plan of Study 4-Year

Field Education

The field education component of the Master's in Social Work program reflects and complies with the M.S.W. program’s goal and mission to prepare students with the capacity to successful meet foundation and advanced program objectives. The prime objective of the field program is to prepare students for integrated generalist practice with a broad range of client systems, while still acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to work with people as individuals, as family and group members, and as part of large community and organizational systems. The first year of the M.S.W. program provides students with opportunities to develop their foundation skills in social work and gain generalist practice experience. Generalist practice is the application of an eclectic knowledge base, professional values, and a wide range of skills to target and change any size system. Generalist social workers develop skills in: engaging in interpersonal helping; managing change processes; utilizing multi-level intervention modes; intervening in multi-sized system; assessing and examining one’s own practice; and functioning within a social agency [see Schatz, Jenkins, and Sheafor, 1990, “Milford redefined: A model of initial and advanced generalist social work.” Journal of Social Work Education, 26(3), 263-291.]

The 2nd year M.S.W. student is expected to continue to refine foundation or generalist skills and to acquire knowledge and practice skills in their selected specialization. Second year students are also expected to complete an integrative capstone project (to be determined) based upon work undertaken in the field.

Initial and Continuing Eligibility for Fieldwork

Only students who are candidates for the master’s degree in social work are admitted to the field practicum. Student are subject to an admission interview and field interview in the semester prior to commencing field work in order to establish initial eligibility and appropriateness for field work. Student must maintain a B or better GPA in order to continue in the program. Students are given one semester to bring up their grade point average to the minimum acceptable level (B or 3.0) except in cases where individuals are granted admission to the program with probationary status. Students entering the program with less than 2.8 undergraduate GPA must achieve at least a 3.0 GPA in the first semester of the first year in order to maintain their matriculation. Students who fail field will be terminated from the program, regardless or their overall grade point average.

Forms and Documents

MSW 2017 Field Manual

MSW 2017 Field Manual Appendix


School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean