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Syracuse University, 2U Inc. Partner to Offer Online Master’s Degree in Social Work
Syracuse University today announced an expanded partnership with 2U Inc. to deliver a new online master of social work (M.S.W.) within the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. With this agreement, 2U now supports 15 online graduate degrees for Syracuse University, in addition to online short courses in collaboration with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U.
“Our future success will be determined by today’s innovation,” says Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele G. Wheatly. “This includes innovating in the way we teach, the way our students learn and the way they apply the lessons learned within the classroom to professional environments. Our partnership with 2U has positioned us to expand our reach, further our mission and drive great student outcomes for nearly 5,000 students across five schools and colleges at Syracuse University.”
“We are honored to expand our partnership with Syracuse University, an innovative institution with tremendous momentum and a fierce commitment to academic excellence and innovation,” says 2U President of University Partnerships Andrew Hermalyn. “Falk College students, faculty, staff and alumni have and continue to leave a lasting impact on the social work profession, and we are proud to extend 2U’s work with Syracuse to the school’s worthy mission.”
Syracuse M.S.W. Online will mirror the University’s traditional, rigorous and social justice-leaning program, which trains students to challenge oppression, empower highly vulnerable populations and create a more just society. Graduates will be prepared to enter a growing profession and work in a wide range of professional environments, including mental health services, hospitals, schools, child welfare and substance abuse treatment. In partnership with Syracuse University’s world-class faculty, the online program will offer a 60-credit curriculum and provide an advanced standing track allowing students to complete the M.S.W. degree in 24 months. Students will also perform field placement work alongside experienced practitioners in real-world settings.
“This is an exciting time at Syracuse University and in particular, at the Falk College,” says Diane Lyden Murphy, dean of the Falk College. “The needs of today’s students are rapidly evolving and we, as an institution, must adapt to ensure our students are successful in the classroom and thrive once they’ve completed their studies. We are committed to maximizing student access to our graduate programs. More and more of our students are seeking non-traditional or hybrid learning environments and this M.S.W. is exactly what our students need to pursue and achieve an advanced degree in a competitive and constantly in-demand field.”
Syracuse M.S.W. Online is anticipated to launch in fall 2021, pending accreditor approval.