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 Colleg

Acclaimed training in Advanced Generalist social work

Advanced Generalist Practice Defined

The advanced generalist practice curriculum at the Springfield College School of Social Work equips students with the latest knowledge and skills needed in the field. Intellectually challenging, while grounded in real-world practice, this curriculum prepares students to make a significant difference in the world.

The curriculum includes a generalist foundation year and an advanced generalist concentration year. During the first year, students will gain theoretical perspectives across the four core curriculum sequences of human behavior in the social environment, social work practice, social work research, and social welfare policy. Within their second year, students build on competencies introduced in the foundation year. They will develop advanced clinical assessment and intervention skills, as well as supervisory, administrative, policy, and research skills. Permeating the curriculum and skill sets are themes of human rights, social justice, and social change.

Career Advantages to Advanced Generalist Degree

Employers increasingly demand social work processionals who are creative decision-makers and solution-builders, two characteristics that the advanced generalist degree program focuses on. Graduates of this program also have the knowledge and skills to assess complex situations with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, as well as the ability to intervene with advanced and sophisticated practice skills.

Outstanding, diverse faculty members who are active practitioners, scholars, and researchers

Springfield College School of Social Work (SCSSW) faculty members are highly-regarded practitioners in the fields. They are social work leaders who bring a hands-on approach to the classroom, and clearly demonstrate how social work theories and strategies apply in professional practice.

From family intervention, to adventure-based therapy, to global rights, the SCSSW faculty is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for their contributions.

Small class sizes, field practicums, and field seminars all help to foster a unique bond between faculty members and students.

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Wide range of social work agencies for internships

The Springfield College School of Social Work (SCSSW) offers a broad range of field placement possibilities, both geographically and from a practice perspective.

Below is a partial list of agencies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont where SCSSW students have engaged in social work in the past years.

  • AIDS Project, Hartford
  • Baystate Health Center
  • Birch Manor Nursing Home
  • Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center
  • Brattleboro Retreat
  • Butler Hospital
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Adoption and Attachment
  • Chicopee District Court
  • Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont Departments of Children and Families
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital
  • Everywoman’s Center
  • New Hampshire Department of Children, Youth, and Families
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Centers
  • Valley Psychiatric Services
  • Vermont Achievement Center
  • YMCA of Western Massachusetts

Located in New England at the state-of-the-art Brennan Center

The Springfield College School of Social Work is located in the central northeast at the 19,300-square-foot Brennan Center, which was last renovated in 2012. A convenient location that includes on-site parking, the Brennan Center recent updates included technologically enhanced classrooms and new faculty offices. The Brennan Center also features a computer lab, a tiered auditorium, and a light-filled atrium, which is where many school events are held.

Emphasis on Humanics philosophy

The Springfield College mission of educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others aligns with the mission of the School of Social Work (SSW). The SSW prepares individuals to meet universal human needs in order to engender mutually beneficial interaction between individuals and societal systems at all levels, based on principles of economic and social justice, dignity, and human rights.

Become a leader in social work at Springfield College.

e 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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