Address complex mental health and social issues with a focus on clinical social work.
Utica College’s Master of Social Work (MSW) degree online, with a focus on clinical social work and recovery values, prepares you for social work careers that drive mental health for diverse populations. Graduate ready to sit for your state’s licensure exams*.
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Student-Centered Support and Client-Centered Curriculum
Utica College’s online MSW degree is ideal for those who are passionate about supporting others through the promotion and treatment of mental health. The program’s innovative design bridges the historical divide between clinical practice and recovery-oriented care and integrates these complementary orientations throughout the curriculum. Utica’s approach strengthens students’ ability to engage and support the empowerment of diverse and often marginalized populations using a psychodynamic, recovery-oriented, and social justice lens.
The MSW degree includes a four-hour personal psychotherapy requirement, which is designed to encourage appreciation of the value the role that self-awareness plays in clinical social work and helps you understand what it is like to be in the client’s seat. When it comes to field hours, faculty in the MSW degree online program will work with you to identify and secure field placements that provide you with relevant experience.
Through a success coach and career coach, you’ll have the individualized support you need to develop skills as a clinician who successfully advocates for individuals, families, and groups in hospitals, schools, and other social service settings.
The online MSW is currently only accepting applicants who reside in New York. An Advanced Standing MSW degree for students with a Bachelor of Social Work degree will be available soon. Contact us for more information on this option.
Career Outlook: Impact Your Community With a Rewarding Career
Utica’s online MSW degree enables you to become an excellent clinical social work practitioner in any setting you choose. A fulfilling social work career can be found in a wide variety of fields, from supporting bereaved animal caregivers suffering a loss at the veterinary clinic to supporting police agents hoping to deescalate emergent crises on the street. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 13–14% increase in social work jobs between 2019 and 2029, compared to an average 4% increase in jobs across all fields.1
With an MSW degree, you’ll also maximize your hiring potential. Social workers typically need a bachelor’s or master’s degree to enter the occupation, according to the BLS.2 They also may need other credentials, such as a state-issued license or certification, depending on the state and the job. Utica’s MSW degree online program gives you the coursework and hands-on experience necessary for licensure in New York*.
Utica’s online MSW degree program prepares you for clinical work in hospitals, government institutions, social service agencies, school settings, and private practice.Jobs and Income
Curriculum: A Progressive Approach to Social Challenges
The 60-credit hour MSW degree online program accommodates any schedule, allowing you to maintain a comfortable work, life, and family balance as you pursue your ideal social work career. Graduates will be prepared to sit for licensure exams* in their state. The online MSW program has no residency requirements and can be completed 100% online in as few as eight semesters.
As the only program in clinical social work in the nation that centers recovery theories, values, and skills, the online MSW degree includes courses in trauma-informed practice, assessment of mental health, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. You’ll learn about the evidence-base and potential of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help all people move from “better” to “well.” Even research and policy courses are designed to improve your skills as a mental health practitioner. In addition, all students must complete four sessions of individual counseling in order to graduate.Explore Courses
CSWE Accreditation: Pre-Candidacy
Utica College’s MSW Program in clinical social work is currently in pre-candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
Pre-Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has submitted an application to be reviewed for candidacy and had its Benchmark I approved in draft form to move forward with candidacy review within one year. A program that has attained pre-candidacy has not yet been reviewed by the commission on accreditation or been verified to be in compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
Students who enter programs in pre-candidacy that attain candidacy in the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains initial accreditation. The candidacy process is typically a three-year process and there is no guarantee that a program in pre-candidacy will eventually attain candidacy or initial acreditation.
Candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation applies to all locations and delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.
You’ll complete this program ready to address the following outcomes for clinical social workers:
- Recognize every person’s basic human rights to freedom, safety, privacy, an acceptable standard of living, health care, and education.
- Appreciate the nuanced ways that institutional and interpersonal traumas converge to marginalize and “other” the vulnerable.
- Develop insight, self-care, and resiliency to prevent past traumas from impacting your professional life.
- Implement evidence-based interventions informed by your expertise.
- Understand how to improve mental health policy.
- Help individuals find their own pathways to resilience and well-being through shared decision-making and treatment planning.
- Assess clients’ strengths and resources, as well as internal and external barriers to growth, while considering their unique backgrounds and the DSM.
- Support clients using trauma-informed interventions, including educating their family, friends, significant others, and allies.
- Evaluate services in terms of achieving goals and remaining consistent with recovery values.
The online MSW program is currently only accepting applicants who reside in New York. To apply to the online MSW degree, there is no GRE or GMAT required. You’ll need the following:
- Completed application
- Bachelor’s degree
- Official transcripts
- 2.5 minimum GPA
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation from either a current or former work supervisor or a course instructor. Letters from a coworker, friend, family member, doctor, or therapist are not acceptable.
All applications are evaluated holistically with consideration given to GPA, work experience, personal statement, and references. Applicants who do not meet this minimum will be evaluated by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.Get Started
Tuition for the online MSW degree program is $775 per credit hour. The 60 credit-hour degree has a total estimated tuition cost of $46,500. You can reduce your total tuition cost by transferring up to six credits toward first-year courses or electives, as well as applying for scholarships or financial aid.Learn More
Faculty in the online MSW degree program are experienced educators and practitioners in professional social work and recovery services and are focused on student success. You’ll receive one-on-one support as you build your academic foundations, practice clinical skills, and explore social work careers.
Be inspired with a welcome letter from Program Director, Ethan Haymovitz, DSW, LMSW.
Ethan Haymovitz, DSW
Director of Social Work and Professor of Practice
Ethan Haymovitz, DSW, is a Professor of Practice and Director of Social Work at Utica College. Before Utica College, he worked for the United Nations, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health. In 2006, he won the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Haymovitz completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College, and went on to complete his masters in social work from Columbia University. He completed his doctor of social work and certificate in Human Services Management from Kutztown University-Millersville University.
His research interest is in Mental Health and Recovery across cultures. He is currently writing a book analyzing the interpretation of the term “mental health” across the globe.
Honors and Distinctions
- D.S.W. Kutztown University | Millersville University, Social Work, with certificate in Human Services Management, July 2018.
- Ph.D. Coursework at Cornell University, Human Development, July 2005-October 2006.
- M.S. Columbia University, Social Work, concentration in Social Research Methods, May 2005.
- A.B. Vassar College, Psychology, Cum Laude, May 2003.
- 2018 & 2019 University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship
- 2017 University System of Maryland Foundation The Coleridge Initiative Fellowship
- 2017 Millersville University of Pennsylvania President’s Commission on Gender and Sexual Diversity
- 2017 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Noonan Endowment Fund
- 2017 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Student Creativity and Research Award
- 2017 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Richard Cecil Todd & Clauda Pennock Todd Fellowship
- 2014 Lambda Literary Foundation “Emerging LGBT Voice” in Creative Nonfiction
- 2006 NIH: National Institute of Mental Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
- Haymovitz, E., Houseal-Allport, P., Lee, R., & Svistova, J. (2018). Exploring the perceived benefits and limitations of a school-based social emotional learning program: A concept map evaluation. Children & Schools: 40(1), 45-54.
- Haymovitz, E., & Paine-Thaler, C. (2016). A call for social work students in mine action. The Advanced Generalist: Social Work Research Journal: 2(1), 56-63.
- Haymovitz, E. (2008). Homosexuality. Moral Education: An Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
- Bosson, J. K., Haymovitz, E. L.,& Pinel, E. C. (2004). When saying and doing diverge: The effects of stereotype threat on self-reported versus nonverbal anxiety. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40,247-255.
Jalonta Jackson-Glasco, MSW, LSW
Director of Fieldwork-MSW and Professor of Practice
Jalonta Jackson-Glasco is the Director of Field Education for the online MSW program. Jalonta has over seven years of expert proficiency in managing CSWE classroom instruction/ management, field education guidelines and accreditation standards. She also has over eight years of practice experience as an adult probation officer and substance abuse counselor.
Jackson-Glasco was previously the Interim Director of Social Work Graduate Studies at Troy University, where she also taught courses in areas such as Ethics, Cultural Diversity, and Direct Practice Methods with Individuals and Families. Her research areas include Criminal Justice Policies, Women & Gender Studies, and Racial Disparities. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University, with her dissertation titled: Menstrual Equity in State Prisons: A Comparative Analysis of State Legislation.
Honors and Distinctions
- Doctor of Philosophy, Public Administration and Public Policy, AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Auburn, AL (ABD, Expected Defense & Completion, 2021)
- Master of Social Work | Concentration: Children, Youth, and Families, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, Carbondale, IL (2004)
- Bachelor of Science, Social Work | Minor: Administration of Justice
- Jackson, J. & Williams, N. (2019) “African American Women’s Clubs: Perseverance, Resistance, and Declination.” In Janelle Carter-Robinson, Many Strides to Freedom: African American Women’s Unsung Contributions and Legacies. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
- Jackson, J. 2017. “The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.” Encyclopedia of Alabama. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org
Frequently Asked Questions
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The total estimated tuition for the MSW degree online is $46,500. You can review tuition costs here.
Recovery means different things to different people. Based on conversations with key stakeholders, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) came up with a working definition: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.3” Although the concept of recovery originates in services for people with mental illness and substance abuse concerns, everyone experiences chronic distress at some point in their lives, and the process of recovery is relevant to anyone seeking to experience greater resilience and even flourish in the face of life’s challenges.
The MSW degree program requires you to complete 900 field hours before graduation, which prepares you to sit for licensure exams* in your home state and gives you crucial field experience that applies to your social work career. Review the MSW’s curriculum here.
*View this grid to verify the licensure requirements in the state in which you plan to practice.
*View this grid to verify the licensure requirements in the state in which you plan to practice.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Social Workers.” Sept. 16, 2020. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm#tab-1. Retrieved Nov. 11, 2020.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Careers in Social Work: Outlook, Pay, and More.” March 2018. https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/article/social-workers.htm. Retrieved Dec. 3, 2020.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). SAMHSA’s Working definition of recovery. Retrieved from https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/pep12-recdef.pdf