The Springfield College School of Social Work hosted an open house for prospective students on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at both the Brennan Center, located on Island Pond Road in Springfield, and also at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester.
At the informal information session, prospective graduate students met faculty members and current students, learned about admissions and financial aid. Refreshments were served. For more information about future open house events, call the admissions coordinator at (413) 748-3060 or prospective students may RSVP online at springfieldcollege.edu/ssw.
The Springfield College School of Social Work offers multiple programs for students including a full-time, two-year, weekday master of social work program in Springfield, and a part-time, three-year, weekend master of social work program in Springfield and Worcester. There are also options for graduates of Council on Social Work Education-accredited bachelor of social work programs to choose either a four-semester weekend or three-semester weekday advanced standing program. The dual master of social work/juris doctorate is a four-year, full-time program in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law. Students can also work toward a post-master’s certificate in advanced practice with children and adolescents. “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,” said Springfield College School of Social Work Dean Francine J. Vecchiolla. “Our master of social work program offers a single concentration in advanced generalist practice, which is ideal preparation for direct practice, group work, community development and organization, and administration in a wide variety of settings including adoption agencies, schools, hospitals, veterans’ services, senior centers, prisons, mental health clinics, military support programs, public social agencies, hospice care and corporations. The school is student centered, community focused, and committed to diversity and cultural competence and to promoting continuous learning.”
Since 1989, the Springfield College School of Social Work has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the official accrediting body for social work programs in the United States. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure in all 50 states. The MSW/JD program is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure and bar examination.
The home of the Springfield College School of Social Work, the Brennan Center, is a state-of-the-art teaching and conference facility that underwent a $2.2 million renovation in 2002. The facility was again renovated in 2012 to include more classroom and office space. It includes technologically enhanced classrooms, a computer lab, a tiered auditorium, faculty offices, and a large, light filled atrium, which is the site of school events and also serves as a student lounge. Easily accessible, it is located just over a mile from the main campus, and has on-site parking. The weekend program in Worcester is located at Saint Vincent Hospital.
The Springfield College School of Social Work Includes:
- Acclaimed training in advanced generalist social work
- Outstanding, diverse faculty members who are active practitioners, scholars, and researchers
- Low student-to-faculty ratio, and diverse and international student body
- Full-time weekday and part-time weekend program options, advanced standing standing for BSW graduates
- Dual MSW/JD degree program
- Wide range of social work agencies for internships
- Located at central northeast location at the Brennan Center with on-site parking
- Emphasis on a Humanics philosophy
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2014 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News and World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.