• Master's Program

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    Earning a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Wurzweiler is the first step toward changing your world.

    Our primary mission is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, particularly the vulnerable or oppressed. Our talented professors and supportive academic environment lay the foundation for one of the most important lessons social work students can learn: a commitment to social justice.

    To achieve this goal, Wurzweiler's MSW program (HEGIS code: 2104, program number: 11125)—fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)—prepares you for advanced social work practice in casework/clinical settings, group work or community organization. The program takes two academic years to complete full time but can be extended to a maximum of four academic years. If you've already earned your BSW degree from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, you can complete our MSW courses in as little as 11 to 21 months.

    Our curriculum and fieldwork opportunities emphasize social work values and ethics. Both in class and in the field, you will explore your own values in relation to the moral and ethical foundations of social work. Because many of you are working hard to balance the demands of school, work and family, we offer flexible programming that helps you to achieve your goals. Learn more about our programs below to discover which one is right for you, as well as our admissions requirements.

     

     MSW Program Study Options

     Interdisciplinary Programs

     Full Time Traditional 2 Year Program

    Traditional weekday plan
    Early September to mid-May
    Divides the week between classes and assigned field work
    Field placement would begin in the second year of your studies at Wurzweiler.

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     Part Time Extended Program

    For those who want a part time option, study can be completed over 2 ½ or 3 year plans.

     Classes one evening a week and on Sundays, from September to May. 

     Field instruction at the students’ workplace or a setting assigned by WSSW

    Can begin in either Fall or Spring semesters.

     

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     Summer Block Program

    For qualified college graduates who want a more intensive style of study
    Eight weeks of classes during June and July
    September through mid-May field placements in students' home communities
    International student body
    Work-study option available
    Advanced Standing program for those holding a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree

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    Advanced Standing Program

    For students with earned Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degreees

    Available as full time, part time, or Summer Block programs

    Year long field placement and classes

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     Regular Summer Block for BA/BS Graduates 

    Two-year plan/60 credits
    Spend three eight-week periods in June and July on campus in New York City
    Two years of field placement in home community from September to mid-May

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     Accelerated Summer Block for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Graduates 

    14-month plan/42 credits
    Spend two eight-week periods in June and July on campus in New York City
    One year of field placement in home community from September to mid-May

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     Interdenominational Clergy Plan 

    Open only to ordained or certified clergy of all faiths (and their spouses, where applicable) who are institutionally affiliated and who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent
    A portion of fieldwork can be done in their religious institution
    Specialized weekly seminars provide field work supervision

    Learn more about the Wurzweiler Interdenominational Clergy Plan (PDF).

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     Joint MSW-JD Program 

    Joint degree; four years to complete
    Earn the MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and the JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. A maximum of 16 credits may be taken during any semester in which a student is registered for any Cardozo course

    Candidates must apply to and be admitted by both schools separately. Ideally, the application is made to both programs simultaneously; a student already at one school may apply to the other during their first year. Admission to one school does not guarantee admission to the other, but it can strengthen the application.

    During the first two years of study, you can complete the first-year program at each school in turn. During each of the remaining four semesters, you may divide your coursework between the two schools, to be consistent with the academic regulations of each school.

    Learn more about the Wurzweiler-Cardozo Joint MSW-JD Program (PDF).

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     Joint MSW-MDiv Program 

    Joint degree; four years to complete
    Earn the MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and the Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Yale Divinity School  

    Candidates for this program may be eligible to count up to 12 credit hours at the other school to satisfy course work in each program. Students taking the MAR/MSW are able to complete both degrees in a minimum of three years, and candidates taking the MSW/MDiv are able to complete both degrees in a minimum of four years.

    Field education/supervised ministry may be coordinated between the two programs. If you are interested in pursuing a joint MSW/MDiv degree, we encourage you to apply to both programs at the start of the application period in the fall.

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