Welcome from Dean Vecchiolla

Thank you for your consideration. Springfield College is an independent, comprehensive, coeducational institution, founded in 1885, with a mission to educate students in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity by building upon a foundation of Humanics and academic excellence. The School of Social Work is proud to be part of Springfield College and its rich tradition of preparing leaders for service to others, and traces its roots of social work education at the College to 1890. Since 1989, the master of social work program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Today, the School of Social Work enrolls over 325 graduate social work students in full-time and part-time programs.

Your decision to pursue a master of social work degree (MSW) is timely as Health Guide USA predicts that employment of social workers is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020.

The Springfield College School of Social Work will prepare you for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a variety of areas such as adult mental health, child welfare/child mental health, school social work, and gerontology and for direct practice, supervision, administration, and public policy-making activities. Seven unique characteristics distinguish the Springfield College School of Social Work:

  1. A concentration in advanced generalist practice
  2. Full-time, two-year, weekday MSW program in Springfield, Mass.
  3. Part-time, three-year, weekend MSW program in Springfield and Worcester, Mass.
  4. Options for graduates of CSWE-accredited bachelor of social work programs to choose a four semester weekend advanced standing program or a three semester weekday advanced standing program
  5. An MSW/juris doctor (JD) combined degree program in partnership with Western New England University School of Law completed in four years of full-time study
  6. A BS/MSW dual degree program with the School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies
  7. A post-master’s certificate in trauma-informed practice with children and adolescents

You will have many choices for your field internship assignments at agencies throughout New England and New York. The field education program is structured around four areas of learning to ensure that you gain experience in developing a full range of advanced generalist social work skills including direct service with individuals, group work, community development and organization, and administration and organizational development. Under certain circumstances, employment-based field internships can be arranged.

Faculty members are passionate about teaching and are actively engaged in social work practice, community service, and scholarly work that they bring to the classroom. Faculty members are recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for their expertise. Springfield College School of Social Work is student-centered, community-focused, and committed to diversity and promoting continuous learning.

We look forward to helping you become a leader in social work by providing you with an exceptional graduate experience. You are invited to meet us at one of our upcoming open houses on Oct. 20, 2016, Dec. 1, 2016, and March 2, 2017. All open houses are held from 4 to 6 p.m. and are offered both at the Brennan Center in Springfield or at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. We look forward to meeting you.

Best regards,

Francine J. Vecchiolla, MSW, PhD
Dean and Professor of Social Work

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