Social Work

Master of Social Work - MSW

 About the Program

Program Brochure

Welcome to the official website for Stockton University's Master of Social Work (MSW) Program. Stockton's MSW program has been offering its classes in the heart of Atlantic City since 2009, with the express focus of developing leadership in addressing the social problems faced across New Jersey and beyond. Beginning in the Fall of 2018, we'll be moving down the street into our new state-of-the-art academic building in Atlantic City. Our students and faculty are excited about the expanded facilities we will have access to in Atlantic City, and about the opportunities this will afford us in the broader region!

Stockton's MSW Program is nationally recognized, and accredited through the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). Perhaps what makes Stockton's MSW most unique is our concentration: Our program is designed to educate social workers who are prepared for advanced-level practice with diverse individuals, families, and communities. 

 

Stockton University- Atlantic City

 

We aim to produce graduates who are able to respect and work competently among diverse groups of clients, and who are able to work effectively as change agents in addressing oppression aimed at these diverse groups.

In addition to our program's concentration on working with diverse populations, we also offer opportunities for students to develop expertise in other areas of social work practice. Our program offers elective specializations in the areas of clinical social work, as well in leadership and management. Stockton also offers education in the areas of child welfare, being the lead institution in the statewide Masters Child Welfare Education Program (MCWEP).

We thank you for your interest in our program, and look forward to having you join us in our efforts!

Sincerely,

Robert J. Barney, MSW Program Director

robert.barney@stockton.edu


Robert Barney

Robert Barney, Associate Professor of Social Work, MSW Program Director, Ph.D. (University of Louisville), MSW (University of Kentucky), B.A. (Asbury University)

609-652-4435 | H-234
Guia Calicdan-Apostle

Guia Calicdan-Apostle, Associate Professor of Social Work, DSW (University of Pennsylvania), MSW (Asian Social Institute, Philippines), BSW (Philippine Women's University)

609-626-3820 | H-225
Lisa Cox

Lisa Cox, Professor of Social Work, Ph.D., MSW (Virginia Commonwealth University), B.A. (Bridgewater College), LCSW

609-652-4310 | F-126
Jennifer Dunkle

Jennifer Dunkle, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Ph.D., MSW (Fordham University), B.A. (Marshall University)

609-626-3466 | C-138
Diane S. Falk

Diane S. Falk, Professor of Social Work, Ph.D. (Rutgers University), MSW (University of Pennsylvania), M.A., B.A. (University of Chicago), LCSW

609-652-4736 | G-237
Robin Hernandez-Mekonnen

Robin Hernandez-Mekonnen, Associate Professor of Social Work, Ph.D., MSW (University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

609-652-5530 | H-202M
Maya A. Lewis

Maya A. Lewis, Associate Professor of Social Work, Ph.D (University of Maryland, Baltimore), MSW (Washington University), B.A. (Spelman College)

609-652-4329 | H-234
Jack Lewis

Jack Lewis, Assistant Professor of Social Work, DSW, MSW (University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Johns Hopkins University), LCSW. 

609-652-4868 | K-118
Kathleen Siracusa

Kathleen Siracusa, Coordinator of MSW Field Education, MSW (Rutgers University), BA (Boston University), LCSW.

609-652-6065 | H-218
Lori Tomaro

Lori Tomaro, Assistant Coordinator of MSW Field Education, MSW (Monmouth University), BSW (Stockton University).

609-652-4512 | H-204

 

Curriculum

The curriculum provides two basic models for two different groups of students: a) those who are coming to the University with a completed non-social work bachelor’s degree and wish to earn a master’s degree; and b) those who are coming to the University with a completed social work bachelor's degree and wish to earn a master's degree.

To earn an MSW Degree, students must successfully complete a minimum of 60 credits in the prescribed MSW curriculum. Stockton's MSW Program consists of a foundation year and a concentration year.

In the foundation MSW courses, students will learn about the value base of the social work profession and about ethical decision-making. They will learn to understand the history of social welfare. They will develop an understanding of the social work profession, including its commitment to diversity and to working with oppressed groups. They will develop an understanding of research methodology and of how to apply research findings to practice. Students will develop an understanding of social work perspectives and theories, including ecological and systems theories, the person-in-environment perspective, the strengths perspective, and the empowerment approach. They will learn to integrate classroom learning with field experience, applying social work knowledge, values, and skills in an agency setting with client systems.

Finally, students will be free to choose three elective courses, to pursue areas of specialized practice. You may elect to combine your electives to earn a method specialization in leadership and management. Students who desire to take electives outside the program must obtain prior approval from their advisors.

MSW Two-Year Program Curriculum- 60 credits

Foundation Year-30 credits

Semester 1

Semester 2

SOWK 5101 Human Behavior and the Social Environment

SOWK 5120 Social Organizations and Environments

SOWK 5130 Social Welfare Policy

SOWK 5601 Foundation Social Work Practice I

SOWK 5901 Field I

SOWK 5102 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

SOWK 5140 Social Work Research

SOWK 5150 Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity: Implications for Social Work Practice

SOWK 5602 Foundation Social Work Practice II

SOWK 5902 Field II

Concentration Year- 30 credits

Semester 3

 

Semester 4

SOWK 5250 Advanced Cultural Competence

SOWK 5240 Advanced Social Work Research

SOWK 5603 Advanced Social Work Practice with Diverse Individuals, Families, and Communities

SOWK 5903 Field III

Elective*

SOWK 5230 Advanced Social Welfare Policy

Elective*

SOWK 5604 Integrative Seminar

SOWK 5904 Field IV

Elective*

For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.

Advanced Standing is open to individuals who have earned baccalaureate degrees in social work from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Both programs aim to produce graduates who understand the human condition and the commonalities that all people everywhere share, while respecting and honoring difference.

In the Advanced Standing Program, students complete the concentration year of the Two-Year Program.

Semester 1

Semester 2

SOWK 5250 Advanced Cultural Competence

SOWK 5240 Advanced Social Work Research

SOWK 5603 Advanced Social Work Practice with Diverse Individuals, Families, and Communities

SOWK 5903 Field III

Elective*

SOWK 5230 Advanced Social Welfare Policy

Elective*

SOWK 5604 Integrative Seminar

SOWK 5904 Field IV

Elective*

For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.

Stockton's MSW program requires students to complete 9 credit hours of electives during the concentration year. Students can choose to take any combination of electives that they desire. Below is a listing of some of the most recent electives offered in the program.

Clinical Electives

  • SOWK 5515 Clinical Social Work Practice in Health Settings
  • SOWK 5530 Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, and Cultural Neuroscience
  • SOWK 5535 Substance Abuse: Treatment and Recovery
  • SOWK 5540 Clinical Gerontological Social Work Practice 
  • SOWK 5570 Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 5575 Forensic Interviewing of Children

Leadership and Management Electives

  • SOWK 5561 Leadership & Management I: Leading and Managing Human Service Organizations
  • SOWK 5562 Leadership & Management II: Supervision and Consultation
  • SOWK 5563 Leadership & Management III: Program Planning, Development, and Funding

General Electives

  • SOWK 5560 International Social Work
  • SOWK 5590 Empowering Groups and Communities for Social Change

Masters Child Welfare Education Program Electives

  • SOWK 5571 Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice
  • SOWK 5572 Child Welfare Leadership and Supervision

For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.


Elective Specializations

Students who complete SOWK 5561, 5562, and 5563 will earn an Elective Specialization in Leadership and Management, in addition to the Program’s Concentration in Working with Diverse Individuals, Families, and Communities.


Students who complete three of the available Clinical Electives (choosing from SOWK 5515, 5530, 5535, 5540, 5570, or 5575) will earn an Elective Specialization in Clinical Social Work, in addition to the Program’s Concentration in Working with Diverse Individuals, Families, and Communities. Students should note that the regular curriculum courses include additional content relating to clinical social work.

 

Welcome to Stockton University’s Master in Social Work (MSW) Field Program.  As part of the social work curriculum, field education provides important learning experiences for students to integrate classroom learning with applied experiences within human service agencies.  Field placements are therefore necessary to achieve curriculum learning outcomes. Through partnerships with students, human service agencies, and the Social Work Program, field placements are developed to enhance professional growth and competencies that better serve an increasingly diverse community of service providers and consumers.

General Information

Field Instructor Forms

Foundation Year MSW Forms

Concentration Year MSW/Advanced Standing MSW Forms

Additional Forms

MSW Field Affiliated Agencies

Click here to see the list of currently affiliated agencies. If you are an agency interested in becoming an affiliated agency and supervising MSW students, please contact Kit Siracusa, Coordinator of MSW Field Education.

Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI)

Below you will find the eight (8) slideshows pertaining to the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI). Upon completing your review of the sections, please contact mswfield@stockton.edu to receive access to the quiz. If you encounter any difficulties, please contact Kit Siracusa, Coordinator of MSW Field Education, at 609-626-6065 or kathleen.siracusa@stockton.edu.

  1. Section 1: Overview and Introduction
  2. Section 2: Ethical Conduct
  3. Section 3: Learning Styles
  4. Section 4: The Supervisory Experience
  5. Section 5: Evaluation
  6. Section 6: Cultural Competence
  7. Section 7: Stress and Self-Care
  8. Section 8: Transistions and Endings

Application Deadline (rolling admission)

February 1, 2019 for Fall 2019

 

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Adequate foundation in the liberal arts (at least 24 credits, as demonstrated in your official transcript);
  • Facility in a second language (other than English) will be considered a strength in the applicant's file.

To be considered for admission to the MSW program, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
  2. Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application
  3. Graduate application essay
  4. MSW Program Essays (this includes brief essays in response to questions posed in the application)
  5. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution (official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended are required and must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies). Advanced Standing applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in social work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education;
  6. Three current letters of recommendation from persons who are familiar with the applicant's work (academic work, paid employment, or volunteer work in social welfare) sent electronically via the Discover Stockton Application
  7. Resume
  8. An interview and/or writing sample may be required
  9. Candidates for who English is their second language must submit English proficiency test results and scores through TOEFL, IELTS, or ELS EAP Level 112

For additional information about Graduate Admissions and the MSW application process, click here or call (609) 626-3640.

For specific questions regarding the MSW Program, contact:

Dr. Robert Barney
MSW Program Director
robert.barney@stockton.edu

 

Faculty, staff, alumni, field instructors, and interested community members are working together to fund dedicated scholarships that will be reserved exclusively for the support of future MSW students.  If you are interested in contributing toward this effort, your donation, small or large, will help.

Donate to the MSW Scholarship Program

To support Stockton MSW students by giving to the MSW Endowed Scholarship Fund, please click on the DONATE button above, then complete the form.  Your gift will go directly to help our students!

If you are a student interested in applying for the MSW Scholarship or any other Stockton Foundation scholarship, please click HERE to learn more about submitting an application.

The Masters Child Welfare Education Program (MCWEP) is a partnership of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and a consortium of three New Jersey MSW programs—Monmouth University, Rutgers University, and Stockton University. With Stockton University as the consortium’s Lead Institution, the program is only open to current Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) Casework Supervisors and Supervisors.  MCWEP gives those individuals the opportunity to strengthen their skills in clinical social work practice and supervision, obtain an advanced credential in social work (MSW), and ultimately to enhance the capacity of the Division to deliver the highest quality services to the vulnerable children and families that it serves.

Click HERE to view the brochure for MCWEP students at Stockton or visit the full MCWEP website at www.stockton.edu/MCWEP.

Stockton University's MSW Program earned its initial accreditation in October 2012, retroactive to October 2009.  Its accreditation was reaffirmed in October 2016.  Its most recent Assessment Reports (2008 EPAS) are included here:

Academic Year 2015-16 Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Academic Year 2014-15 Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Prior year's Assessment Reports (2001 EPAS) can be viewed at:

Academic Year 2012-2013 Assessment Report

Academic Year 2011-2012 Assessment Report

Academic Year 2010-2011 Assessment Report

Stockton's MSW Program is an advanced professional degree that prepares its graduates for careers as social work practitioners, supervisors, leaders, and managers in a broad spectrum of settings, including social agencies and institutions, educational facilities, community organizations, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. For further information about social work careers, explore this website: http://careers.socialworkers.org/

Classes are held on Wednesday evening and on Saturdays at Stockton University's Carnegie Library Center in Atlantic City, NJ. Fieldwork must generally be done in the daytime during the work week. A field seminar is held every other week in the late afternoon hours for students in the foundation year.

The Program's concentration is on preparing students for advanced-level practice with diverse individuals, families, and communities. It prepares graduates to understand diverse world views; to empower people to expand their capacities, resources, and opportunities; and to advocate for policies and services that address social conditions that limit the quality of life for people. All students are enrolled in this concentration. Some students may also choose to add an elective specialization in a) Leadership and Management by taking three elective courses covering leadership and management, supervision, and program planning and development, or b) Clinical Social Work by taking three elective courses covering topics in clinical social work.

Effective Fall 2011, Stockton began offering Advanced Standing to applicants who have completed a baccalaureate degree in social work from a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Advanced Standing is an accelerated MSW program that enables students to complete their MSW degree in one year.
The deadline is on rolling basis. This means that fully completed applications for Fall admission will be considered on a first-come, first served basis. Accepted students will be notified as soon as the Admissions Committee has made its decision. Applications submitted after the February 1 deadline may not be reviewed.
Applicants complete the Discover Stockton Online Application. A complete application includes required educational background and prerequisites (minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher to apply), transcripts, college/university GPA, three letters of recommendation, a graduate application essay and three supplemental program essays.

Yes. You will also be able to take the LCSW (License in Clinical Social Work) examination after you have obtained the necessary clinical experience and supervision. For further information on licensure, visit the website of the National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey Chapter: http://www.naswnj.org/?LicensingFAQs.

You must have completed a baccalaureate degree (in any subject), including 24 credits in liberal arts. A course in statistics is strongly recommended but not required for admission. To enroll in the Advanced Standing Program, you must have completed an undergraduate degree in social work from a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

No, not if you have obtained a graduate degree by using those credits.
If you have earned graduate credits in a related field, you may be able to receive transfer credit for one or two courses to fulfill elective requirements. Up to 9 credits from another MSW program may be transferred into Stockton's MSW Program. You must fill out and submit the Graduate Transfer Equivalency Form. Up to 9 credits may be taken in Stockton's MSW program as a Graduate Non-Matriculated (non-degree) student.
No, students must start the program in the Fall semester.
Applications received after the February 1 deadline may not be considered for fall admission. You may have to wait to apply in the next fall cycle.

Apply today. If you have further questions you can Request More Information or call the Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.

Robert Barney, Ph.D., MSW
MSW Program Director