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

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

A sole focus on clinical social work.

At Smith SSW, you will learn clinical theory and practice and develop a thorough understanding of the social, economic, political and cultural contexts in which you will pursue clinical practice. Throughout your education, you will engage in critical thinking and self-reflection as you learn about the history and current status of social work and social welfare, get an introduction to the major practice methods and research, and delve into the major psychological and social theories that form the knowledge base of the profession. Issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class and oppression are intricately woven throughout the curriculum—a curriculum that centers social justice, service to society, and a greater appreciation of individual and cultural diversity in today’s multicultural community.

Our Five Core Principles 
Our School is committed to five Core Principles of racial justice that guide all areas of our programs and work as we constantly strive towards greater anti-racism – an ongoing goal to which the entire School community aspires.

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"It’s intense. It’s very rigorous academically. You’re doing a full semester in five weeks. I wondered at the time, ‘Can I really be learning all this information so quickly?’ but since I started my placement, I’ve found that I have.”

Laine Hammer 

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Unwavering support.

Through each of your summers, Smith’s student services will also assist you with writing, quantitative learning, tech challenges, accessibility needs and much more. 

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"Social work is a good degree that has a lot of options for where you can go after your masters."

Zahria Thomas

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Meet Our Team
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Sarah Duey

Senior Enrollment and Information Systems Specialist
Sarah Duey works with the rest of the admission team to guide future Smithies through the process of applying to graduate school. In addition to being an…
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Lorelei Erisis

Assistant Director of Admission
Lorelei Erisis is dedicated to making the application process more personal and stress-free for prospective M.S.W. students. Originally trained as an actor…
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Valerie Nguyễn Hooper

Senior Associate Director of Admission
Valerie Nguyễn Hooper is a proud first-generation college (and graduate school) graduate with origins in Western New York and Saigon, Vietnam. As a former…
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Irene Rodríguez-Martin, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Enrollment and Student Services
Irene Rodríguez-M is the daughter of immigrants and a first generation college graduate. For the past 20 years she has dedicated her career to issues of access…
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Ash Sabripour

Assistant Director of Admission and Outreach
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Informational interviews to discuss details of the program and questions about the application process are available by pre-arranged appointment by calling or emailing our office.


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Phone: (413) 585-7960
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