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The Master of Social Work program provides a specialized focus through two concentrations: Mental Health and Child/Family Services. Students engage with expert faculty through a stimulating curriculum that provokes critical thinking, integrates a Christian perspective, and encourages self-awareness. Courses are taught in a 15-week semester format and are offered in the afternoon and evening to accommodate for the needs of adult learners. Students have the flexibility to complete the program fully online, in-person, or through a combination of both formats.

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Laurie Couch, MA
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Program Details

Format Options:

  • Online (synchronous and asynchronous)

  • On-Site

  • Hybrid of both formats

Completion Time:

  • Standard program- 2 years

  • Advanced Standing- 11 months (must have a BSW degree within 5 years)

NOTE: Advanced Standing is an accelerated option for students with a Bachelor’s in Social Work

Classes meet in the late afternoon and evening with low student to teacher ratios.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

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  • May 18, 2022
    Online or in person
  • August 29, 2022
    Online or in person

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Program Highlights

Social Work is a rewarding career for those dedicated to helping and improving the lives of others. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau Statistics, employment in social work is expected to increase by nearly 13 percent from 2019 to 2029.

New students who enroll online at Roberts Wesleyan College’s program for a Master’s in Social Work can expect:

  • First Christian college to gain CSWE Accreditation for Master of Social Work Program

  • Extremely high passing rates on LMSW and LCSW exams ( #1 in NYS for LCSW exam in 2020)

  • Classes available online, on-site, or hybrid

  • ​Two areas of specialization: (1) Mental Health Concentration - providing clinical and mental health services directly to clients. (2) Child and Family Services Concentration - working directly with children, adolescents, parents, and families in community and agency-based settings.

  • Centered practice with a spiritually enriched theoretical model that encourages students to be aware of their faith and value orientation and how it may interact with that of their work, research, and clients.

  • Cross-cultural experiences offered through coursework that includes international travel for students.

  • Diverse elective courses including topics of trauma-informed care, international social work, play therapy, death and bereavement, and family violence.

  • Personalized academic advisement with expert faculty and staff

  • GREs are not required

  • Degree Completion and Masters degree tuition frozen at 2020-21 rates!

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Popular Careers & Employers

The MSW program at Roberts Wesleyan College provides students with enriched classroom experiences, hands-on field work opportunities, and stimulating faculty mentorships to prepare them for success in future social work careers. Social workers help others solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. They are able to meet people where they are - emotionally, socially, physically - and view a person in their whole environment. The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau Statistics highlights that clinical social workers can diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

Social workers not only work with individuals and families, they also think about the broader system in which they are involved. In addition to clinical settings, social workers are also employed for positions in government, research, community organization, policy advocacy, and social change. Students who complete the MSW program from Roberts Wesleyan College can expect to work in careers including:


    • School Social Worker
    • Addictions Therapists
    • Mental Health Therapist
    • Medical Social  Worker
    • Child Welfare Worker
    • Child and Family Therapist
    • Medicaid Service Coordinator
    • Palliative & Hospice Care Worker
    • Veteran & Military Social Worker
    • Foster Care and Adoptions Services Social Worker
    • Crisis Counselor
    • Gerontology Social Worker


  • Rochester Regional Health Systems
  • Hillside Family of Agencies
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • URMC Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Local Nursing Home
  • Local School Districts
  • Villa of Hope
  • Mental Health Clinics
  • Veteran Affairs
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Sources cited: Social Workers : Occupational Outlook Handbook. (2020, September 16). Retrieved December 07, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm

Prepare for a job in the field of social work with a Master’s in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Most individuals who hold the job title "social worker" or advance in the field have at least a master's-level educational training from an accredited college or university. Students may not necessarily need a BSW to pursue an MSW. Students can pursue an MSW with any undergraduate degree including majors such as psychology, human services, sociology, and criminal justice. Likewise, an MSW degree is also conducive to adults looking for a career change.

Social workers need to master several skills including:

  • Stress management and self-care skills. Research and investigations can be stressful. Learning how to take care of yourself and your clients is imperative to effective social work practice.

  • Interpersonal and communication skills. Social workers need to build relationships to maintain appropriate boundaries with clients. Social workers must also hold valuable career skills and keep sensitive information confidential in order to comply with legal regulations.

  • Multi-tasking skills. Social workers must be able to plan, organize, manage and supervise multiple cases and projects in addition to being adaptable and flexible.

  • Problem-solving skills. To help clients, social workers must know when and how to apply the various methods, theories, and models of the discipline to their practice. Flexibility, adaptability and creativity are crucial to one working in social work.

Prepare for a rewarding career field with one of the most popular colleges in New York for social work education. Search our online informational pages today for research and faculty information at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Alumni Making A Difference

Alexandria Monti, MSW

Addiction Therapist, Rochester Regional Health

"My internship at PROS helped me to gain confidence and pushed me to challenge myself. I learned how to do both group and individual therapy, which is what I do in the field today."

Matthew Matteson, LMSW

Behavioral Therapist, Community Howard Regional Health

Crystalyn Morgan

Independent Living Coach, Intercept Youth Services

Amy Smith, LMSW

Founder and Program Manager, Freelancing Hope

Tayler Kelly

Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker, Mayo Clinic

Hillary Bartoszek

Hillary Bartoszek, LMSW

Family Developer, Action for a Better Community, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a strong desire to help others and make a difference in the world, then an MSW degree may be the right choice for you! Master level social workers are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, child welfare agencies, nursing homes, mental health clinics, schools, government, and human services agencies. MSWs are trained as clinical social workers and are able to diagnose and treat mental illnesses.

An MA in Social Work does not lead to a path of licensure in New York State. In order to obtain licensure as a social worker in New York State, an MSW degree is required. This degree must be earned from a graduate school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). In addition, successfully passing a national licensing exam is necessary to obtain status as a Licensed Master Social Worker. (LMSW). In order to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), the earned MSW degree must include clinical courses. It is also required that LCSWs have three years of post-degree supervised experience in clinical social work and pass the clinical licensing examination. The MSW program at Roberts Wesleyan College is accredited by CSWE, provides the clinical courses required for the LCSW, and offers a review course for MSW students to prepare for the LMSW exam.

Do you need a bachelors in social work to get a masters in social work? You do not need a bachelors in social work to enter an MSW program. Many MSW students have a bachelor's degree in a field related to social work such as psychology or human services, although this is not necessary. MSW students come from a range of different backgrounds and have a variety of undergraduate degrees. However, students that have a bachelor's degree in social work can typically complete the program in a much shorter duration as an advanced standing student.

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