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Department of Social Work

The Fall 2022 Undergraduate Social Work Application is now available. This application is in addition to the application to Lehman College. Students must be accepted into Lehman College, before submitting application. Declaring Social Work as a Major does not mean that the student is in the program. Along with admission to the college, students must have the following four criteria items before submitting an application:

  • Minimum of 54 college credits
  • Minimum cumulative index of 2.7; (2.9 is recommended)
  • Completion of Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (SWK 237)
  • Completion of Foundations of Sociology (SOC 166)

The Department of Social Work at Lehman College offers programs leading to a B.A. with a major in Social Work or a Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree. The undergraduate social work program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1983. The M.S.W. program admitted its first group of students in 2005 and has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since February 2008. Both programs prepare ethical, competent and knowledgeable social workers for work in social service agencies and organizations serving urban populations.

The undergraduate curriculum is generalist and prepares students for entry-level professional practice in urban areas. The graduate program has an advanced generalist curriculum, preparing all students for direct practice, supervision, administration, policy practice, and research. Graduate students are prepared for leadership positions in urban social service agencies and organizations.

The undergraduate and graduate programs are separate, with different admissions requirements and application procedures. It is important that students applying to the undergraduate program with the intention of continuing with graduate studies in Social Work understand that acceptance into the undergraduate program in no way implies or facilitates acceptance into the Lehman College M.S.W. program.