The College of Saint Rose

Why you should consider this program

The College of Saint Rose social work program is a nationally accredited program. We are committed to enhancing students’ awareness and understanding of cultural differences and values. We strive to develop students into professionals who will work with diverse, vulnerable populations with cultural humility and compassion. For the Fellow, benefits at the College of Saint Rose include small class sizes, connections with passionate and expert faculty, diverse internship experiences with agencies that service immigrant, rural, low income or other vulnerable populations and a range of educational, social and cultural opportunities available within the region. Students will be challenged to learn and grow in a supportive environment. They have many opportunities to build solid, supportive relationships with fellow students, faculty, supervisors, community agencies and mentors that will help the student succeed in the program and their professional careers.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 11,019 $ 6,400 $ 4,619
Out of state $ 11,019 $ 6,400 $ 4,619
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Figures reflected above are for advance Standing program. Total cost for 2-year program is $39,184 for both in state and out of state. The fellowship value for the 2-year program is $12,800.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


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All internships will be coordinated through the program’s Director of Field placements. Once accepted into the program and fellowship, the Fellow will complete field application form and submit it with a copy of their resume to the Director of Field. The director will then review the form and arrange a time to discuss field placements with the student. Based on the Fellow’s experience, areas of interest, geographic location, hours of availability and the Director of Field will identify and discuss available opportunities for internships with the Fellow. A tentative placement will be identified, and the Fellow will have an interview with the supervisor at the agency to determine if the placement would be a good experience for the Fellow and for the agency.

  • If the Fellow enters the advanced standing program, the internship hours required for the academic year are 500.
  • If the Fellow enters the 2-year program, the first year internship requires the completion of 400 hours and the second year requires completion of 500 hours. The Fellow will typically be at different agencies for their first and second year internships.

Internships have been completed at agencies such as The Office of Children and Families trafficking program, youth homeless shelters, immigration services, elder at risk programs, child welfare and foster care agencies and more.

Jobs for program alumni

Students are trained in both micro and macro social work so that they are prepared to enter the workforce to work with clients directly or in the areas of administration or policy. Alumni have secured jobs in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, drug treatment programs, mental health out-patient clinics and policy development agencies. Alumni has secured employment in a variety of different settings including Catholic Charities Aging Life Services for Columbia County, Sunnyview rehabilitation hospital, Office of Health promotion, St. Mary’s healthcare, Northern Rivers Family Services and St. Catherine’s Center for Children.

Other details

Application requirements

College transcript(s), personal statement, minimum of 2 letters of reference, field placement evaluation (for Advanced standing applicants only)

Program begins

Fall semester--Mid-August, Spring Semester Mid-January

Non-traditional options

All prospective graduate students submit their admission materials through the Graduate Admissions office website. Prospective students will be able to select an indicator on their MSSW application that will identify the student as a candidate for the fellowship. All candidates will be reviewed initially to determine if they meet the criteria for admission to the MSSW program. This process includes the review of submitted materials related to the candidate’s academic success, writing skills, personal/professional experiences and understanding of their interest in the field of social work. If the prospective student meets the criteria for admission to the Master’s degree program, then the candidate will be reviewed for acceptance to the Fellowship. Candidates will be evaluated and selected based on their skills and experiences in the Peace Corps, how these skills can be related to social work and their personal statement. Courses are offered during weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays. This range of options and flexible schedule allows students to complete their internship, maintain a job, and/or take care of family responsibilities.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Patricia Weldon, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work

432 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203