Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Program at LIU Brooklyn is a collaboration with the LIU Post campus in Brookville, New York. Students are eligible to take many courses at either location. The LIU MSW Program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), signifying that it meets the highest standards of academic excellence.

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

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 (see descriptions below) for more specialized education in a particular area of practice. Field experience in the second year provides an opportunity for the student to apply generalist and specialized knowledge in the selected area of concentration.

The MSW program at LIU Brooklyn is designed to meet the individualized needs of our students. We provide a convenient and flexible course schedule, with choices for evening weekday and/or Saturday schedules. After completing the first-year, foundation curriculum, the MSW program provides the opportunity for advanced year MSW students to choose one of five outstanding concentration areas:

  • Forensic Social Work (Fulfills partial requirements for the New York State Advanced Certificate in Forensic Social Work)
  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse(Fulfills partial requirements to become a Certified Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor in New York State)
  • Child & Family Welfare
  • Gerontology in Long-term Care Administration or Management of Senior Community Services
  • Non-profit Management


    How to Apply

    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 need to submit their application materials through the Social Work Centralized Application Services (SocialWorkCAS). Please click here to create your account and apply 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

    Admissions Requirements

    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.


    • 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.


    Application Deadline

    Application Deadline

    Our application deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017, but we are still willing to consider applications that meet our admissions criteria after the due date.

    It is important to note that we will be unable to consider applications for Full-Time status if they are not completed, with all required supplemental materials received, before June 1, 2017. We can consider applications for Regular Program, Part-Time status through the summer, up and until MSW Program Orientation on August 30, 2017. Advanced Standing Applications MUST be received by July 1, 2017.

    International Applicants

    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


    School of Health Professions

    Barry S. Eckert, Dean
    Ph.D., FASAHP