Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare requires students to select a specialization in their second year. The School has three areas of specialization:

All three specializations are offered on the Long Island Campus and the Manhattan extension site. 

Specializations build on the generalist practice competencies that students have mastered in their first year courses and field placements. Through advanced practice courses and field placements, specializations offer the opportunity for students to develop both a deep and broad understanding of a domain of practice that will prepare them for a successful career path in that area of social work. Students will learn about all practice levels within a particular field - from evidence informed clinical practice with specific populations to policy and policy practice, community services, program development and leadership, and research. Specializations offer students a state-of-the-art understanding of social work with a special focus on either integrated health, families and youth, or community action and social policy. Students achieve advanced competencies in their chosen specialization and may note their achievements on their resume upon graduation.