Graduate Social Work

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Fordham University Graduate School at Molloy University

Have you considered the value of a graduate degree for your professional growth and career?

If you have an undergraduate degree and are committed to making a positive difference in your community and the world, the Master of Social Work degree (M.S.W.) through the collaborative Fordham and Molloy Program awaits you. Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked Fordham's Graduate School of Social Service eleventh among the finest social work programs in the nation and earned accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.

Why Earn Your Masters in Social Work?

Social work stands as a fulfilling and rapidly expanding field, offering a wide range of specialized paths to explore. Recent research confirms that while there are currently over 255,843 social workers employed in the U.S., these numbers are expected to grow. And, data from the New York State Education Department underscores that 3,377 licenses were issued to New York social workers in 2022 alone.  Given the thriving trajectory of this profession and all of the opportunities it can provide, it’s an ideal time to take the next step in your journey into the realm of social work.

This is why Fordham University has developed a future-focused curriculum that provides students with tools and skills grounded in theory and ethics, with numerous scholarships and fellowship opportunities available to graduate Social Work students. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Fordham M.S.W. program curriculum is designed to turn you into a highly competent, integrated practitioner with the tools to succeed in every setting. Seize the moment and propel your educational career forward with the Master of Social Work degree (M.S.W.) offered through the collaborative Fordham and Molloy Program. 

What Our Collaborative M.S.W. Program Offers

As a Fordham and Molloy M.S.W. student, you’ll engage in 1,200 hours of supervised fieldwork, gaining invaluable real-world experience along the way. Fordham GSS has partnered with Molloy University so our Long Island students can get a Fordham experience without the commute. Split your classes between Molloy’s campus and our Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus or complete your classes online. Both paths lead to a Fordham M.S.W. upon completion.

The program kicks off with foundational courses diving into topics like social policy, human behavior in social environments, human rights and social justice, and generalist practice and research. You’ll also have the flexibility to choose from concentrations such as clinical practice, research, and leadership. Following these foundational courses, you’ll delve into advanced classes and field experiences that align with your chosen concentration.

  • Flexible Learning Paths to Academic Success

    Two pathways offer flexibility and convenience to our Long Island students:

    • The Fordham and Molloy face-to-face class option allows you to be part of an urban and vibrant university at Fordham's Lincoln Center Campus coupled with the sense of community at Molloy University. 
    • Long Island hybrid Fordham’s online hybrid Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) option on Long Island, is a collaborative program with Molloy University that combines traditional face-to-face classes at Molloy’s campus with online courses.

    In addition to our flexible programs, we have plans of study to fit all students' needs, which makes it possible to balance work, family, and life while pursuing a degree to advance your career. Through this collaborative M.S.W. program, you’ll receive an education rooted in the mission and values unique to the social work profession.

    Highlights include:

    • Flexible plans of study (Part-time, Full Time, Advanced Standing Options).
    • Classes at suburban Molloy Campus and either Lincoln Center or in our online program.
    • Long Island Field Placement (you’ll engage in supervised fieldwork, gaining invaluable real-world experience along the way).
    • Scholarship Opportunities.

  • Application Criteria

    You can apply online to the Fordham University School of Social Service Office of Admissions at Lincoln Center through their website or apply here and select the on-campus application.

    • 3.0 GPA.
    • Resume.
    • Official Transcripts (All Undergraduate and other graduate programs if applicable).
    • One Recommendation Letter.
    • Personal Statement.


  • What To Expect as a Molloy B.S.W. When Applying

    • B.S.W graduates from Molloy University can apply for advanced standing. You’ll need to provide a copy of your undergraduate social work internship evaluation. 
    • Special scholarship opportunities specifically for Molloy B.S.W. students.
    • Your application will be reviewed by Fordham's Admissions Committee when all required materials have been received and you’ll be notified as to the decision of the committee. 
    • No Personal Statement Required.
    • Application Fee Waived.

    Keep in mind that because the M.S.W degree is granted by Fordham University, your application will be reviewed by Fordham's Admissions Committee when all required materials have been received and you’ll be notified as to the decision of the committee.

Take the Next Step Toward a Rewarding Career in Social Work

Experience a comprehensive program with flexible study options and a commitment to excellence in learning. You’ll blend social work theory and practice in esteemed Long Island social service settings and apply knowledge actively. Upon completion, you’ll emerge as a skilled, value-based professional poised to impact lives.

Join a vibrant scholar community and become a voice for change, advocating for social justice and improving the lives of the people you serve — including your own

*Molloy College has a partnership with Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. M.S.W. degrees are granted by Fordham University. Explore the Fordham University Graduate Program application to get started.

Director, Fordham/Molloy MSW Program

Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R

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