Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

M.S.W. Degree: Research Concentration

The research concentration is for M.S.W. students who are interested in engaging in research projects that will enhance the current base of theory, knowledge and practice experience of the social work profession.

An M.S.W. graduate with this concentration is qualified to work at agencies and academic institutions engaged in social work research, theory and practice evaluation.  This graduate can also conduct research for agency directors who would like to improve the delivery of their services or are looking for grant/funding opportunities.

An M.S.W. degree with a research concentration is also an excellent foundation for the Ph.D. in social work degree.

Students choose their concentration after completing the Foundation Phase of the M.S.W. program (the first 33 credits).  Your concentration determines which courses you take in the Advanced Phase of your degree and which fieldwork choices you get.


Required Courses

The required courses include statistics and advanced research design.  Students work with faculty advisers and research specialists throughout their study.


Students can take electives in our other areas of concentration to gain a fuller understanding of the field of social work.


Students complete field instruction in an agency setting or in a Fordham University-based research project working with doctoral candidates and faculty members.

  • Students are supervised by experienced researchers in the field.
  • Some stipends for grant-funded projects may be available.
  • Students submit their research as their major project and also have opportunities to participate in professional research presentations.


Below are sample plans of study for an M.S.W. degree with this concentration.

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