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  • B.S.W in Social Work

    Make a meaningful impact on people's lives
    Explore your passion for social justice and transform your social concern into a professional career.
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Dobbs Ferry & Bronx

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Social Work B.S.W Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Social Work 45 Credits
Open Electives 15 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who are accepted into the major concentration in Social Work must complete:

  • SOWK 311 Human Beh/Social Environmt I
  • SOWK 312 Human Beh/Social Environmt II
  • SOWK 314 Issues Diversity Socl Wk Pract
  • SOWK 322 Social Work Practice I
  • SOWK 332 Social Work Research
  • SOWK 342 Social Welfare Policy/Services
  • SOWK 423 Social Work Practice II
  • SOWK 424 Social Work Practice III
  • SOWK 426 Influnce Comm/Organiz/Soc Polc
  • SOWK 431 Field Practicum I
  • SOWK 432 Field Practicum II
  • SOWK 435 Soc Wrk w/Children & Adolescnt or SOWK 436 Soc Wrk Hlth & Mntl Hlth Srvce

The following general education courses should be completed:

  • PSYN 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCL 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • CISC 120 Intro Computers/App Software
  • SOWK/ BEH 201 Introduction to Social Work
  • BIOL 110 Introduction to Human Biology


Students majoring in social work should consult with their social work advisor regarding the proper sequencing of courses and the selection of electives to meet major requirements. Students must maintain a 2.8 GPA in major courses and achieve a grade of B- or better in the Field Practicum in order to continue in the social work major. There is a 24-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of social work. There is a five-year statute of limitations on required social work courses. Exceptions may be approved by the director of the program.

Academic Program Sequence Map

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Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
What is the mission of the Social Work Program?
The mission of the Social Work Program at Mercy College is to prepare students for generalist social work practice and to serve diverse and at-risk populations. The Program seeks to provide students with an education that will prepare them with the knowledge and skills to deal with the professional, societal and ethical issues they will face in contemporary social work practice. The Program is also dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life for people, to effecting change by addressing adverse conditions that impede the achievement of social justice and to educating students to act humanely and with integrity. The Program is committed to providing a high level of education and attentiveness to our students and to creating and enhancing their opportunities to contribute to their communities and the profession.
Who are the social work faculty?
Educators and professionals with experience in the many fields of social work. You’ll be assigned to a social work advisor who serves as your advocate and who guides you in planning and assists with any issues affecting your education.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
Are many students from the program accepted into graduate schools of social work?
Yes. Our students have a very high rate of acceptance into the advanced standing programs of the many graduate schools of social work, with sites in New York City, Westchester and Rockland counties. They are able to obtain their Master's degree in social work in as little as eight months.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
How do I apply to the Social Work program?
Contact the Director of the Social Work program at 914-674-7301.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Carolyn Hanesworth Interim Program Director, Social Work
Emily Murphy Assistant Professor, Social Work
Jane Hogan Assistant Professor, Social Work

Social Work Overview

Social Work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help and improve people's lives.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau Statistics, employment of social workers is expected to increase by 22 percent during the coming decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. 

What do social workers do:

  • Provide counseling to individuals, families and groups
  • Help people obtain needed resources and services
  • Develop programs and work with communities to meet peoples' needs
  • Address problems related to: child abuse, mental illness, poverty, illness or disability, substance abuse, discrimination, family conflict or violence, job jeopardy and aging

Social Work Fast Facts

  • Career-oriented program
  • Prepared to complete Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree in one-year as an advance standing student

Career Opportunities

The BSW Program is career-oriented and gives students ample field work and faculty mentorship opportunities to prepare them to begin their careers in this rewarding and growing field. 

Graduates with a BSW are prepared to work in a variety of areas such as:

  • Mental health clinics
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Substance abuse programs 
  • Nursing homes
  • Family and children's services
  • Criminal justice
  • College counseling 
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Private practice
  • and many more

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects in social work are above average, particularly for those with a master's degree and licensure. Earning a Master's of Science in Social Work can lead to expanded job opportunities, higher salaries and more career growth. 

Master of Science in Social Work programs can accept undergraduate social work credits and apply those toward a graduate degree. This enables MSW candidates to complete a graduate program in one year, as opposed to two years. Earning your degree faster saves time and money by letting you fast track your professional career.

Social Work FAQS

Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
How do I apply to the Social Work program?
Contact the Director of the Social Work program at 914-674-7301.
Seminar in Field Education (SIFI) Course

Course Description:

The seminar in field instruction course is designed to prepare new field instructors to provide educational supervision to social work students. Using readings, class discussion, case examples and experiential exercises, participants will learn how to create and apply an educational framework to student supervision. The focus will be on Teaching Methods (Supervisory Methods), Practice Skills, Ethics, Cultural Competency and termination. Attention will be paid throughout the seminar to issues that arise in the supervisory relationship and how to effectively teach students to bridge what they learning in the classroom with what they are practicing in the field.

Course Goals:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the essential elements of an effective supervisor relationship
  • Use learning tools based on an assessment of the student’s learning needs and the context of the agency setting.
  • Understand and demonstrate supervisory skills such as giving feedback, addressing conflict, and identifying learning problems.
  • Understand, identify and address issues related to cultural competency and ethical dilemmas within the supervisory relationship and learning environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the student’s growth and incorporate that knowledge in the evaluation process.

Course Dates and Times: There are twelve sessions spread over the course of the year. Classes will be held in Mahoney Hall on the Dobbs Ferry Campus in the conference room from 9 to 11am on Tuesdays.


For more information, please contact Emily Murphy, LMSW at

Social Work Program Student Handbook

The 2017-2018 Social Work Program Student Handbook.

Field Education Manual

The 2017 - 2018 Field Education Manual for the Social Work program.

Admission Requirements

Students who plan to major in social work or who want to explore their interest in this field are encouraged to consult with the director of the Social Work Program. 

Students must apply for admission to the social work major by the end of their sophomore year. They should contact the director of the Social Work Program for information and application procedures for admission to the major. Transfer students are encouraged to contact the Social Work Program for application materials at the same time they are applying for admission to the College. Freshmen and sophomores intending to apply for admission to the Social Work Program should declare Pre-Social Work as their major. Students should have a 2.6 GPA or better for admission to the major, but students may be admitted provisionally at the discretion of the program director. Students usually enter the Social Work Program at the beginning of their junior year, in the fall semester, following completion of the application process and acceptance for admission to the program.


Mercy College offers a BSW in Social Work that is approved by the New York State Department of Education. The Social Work program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes/CSWE Competencies

  • Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  • Competency 2: Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Competency 3: Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice
  • Competency 4: Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
  • Competency 5: Engage in policy practice
  • Competency 6: Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Competency 7: Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Competency 8: Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Competency 9: Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
CSWE Assessment Outcomes

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Program Goals
  1. To educate students for entry level generalist social work practice including interventions with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  2. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to serve diverse populations and needs with sensitivity, creativity and professional courage
  3. Students will have respect for an integration of professional ethics and values into their practice
  4. Students will have a commitment to seek avenues for lifelong learning and professional development
  5. Students, who may wish to pursue graduate education, will have a solid academic and practice foundation of knowledge skills
  6. Students will acquire a commitment to, and contribute to improving unjust or oppressive social conditions and policies and towards promoting effective and humane agency/organization practices and programs