Please note that to be considered for the MSW/PhD program students must apply also for the PhD program after completing the first semester of the MSW program.
The process of applying to a graduate school often entails asking a lot of questions to ensure that you pick the school that's right for you. We realize this and have provided some frequently asked questions below for our master's and doctoral programs. Since these are by no means exhaustive, please feel free to email us with any additional questions you may have. Or call us at 212.960.0810.
When is your application deadline? How early should I apply?
Wurzweiler School of Social Work has "rolling admissions." Applicants are currently submitting applications and receiving decisions for both Spring 2015 and Block 2015 MSW Programs.
How much is the tuition?
The tuition is currently $1,020.00 a credit and the MSW degree requires 60 credits.
Do you have any scholarships or financial aid?
Wurzweiler offers need-based and merit scholarships.
Merit scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, outstanding achievement in the social service arena, and outstanding volunteer work. Needs-based scholarship applicants must complete a FAFSA in order to determine eligibility. The code for the Wurzweiler School of Social Work is 002903.
Early applicants are most likely to receive scholarship money. Booklets with information about additional sources for outside scholarship money are sent to all potential students after applications are received.
What grade point average do you require?
We require a 3.0 overall GPA. However, each application is reviewed carefully and possible extenuating circumstances are reviewed.
What are the other requirements for admission?
Click here to review the requirements for admissions.
Do you have rolling admissions?
Yes, we do have rolling admissions but note the priority deadlines above. Also be aware that in order to take advantage of potential scholarship opportunities applicants are advised to apply as early as possible.
Is an interview required?
All candidates who meet the minimum requirements for admission, as set forth in the application booklet are personally interviewed.
What is the average age of your students?
Our students range in age from 21 to 70.
How culturally diverse are the students?
Our student body is highly diverse. We currently have students from Israel, India, Africa, Nepal, France, Korea, Russia, Canada, China and all over the United States. We welcome students of every race, age, faith and gender preference.
How long is your program?
The program can be completed in as quickly as 16 months in the accelerated program or in 2 years in the full-time program. Students with families, jobs and other obligations may choose the part-time option, which is usually completed in 3 years. The entire program must be completed within four years.
When do classes meet?
At the Wilf Campus (Washington Heights)
Tuesdays: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Wednesdays: 9:00am – 4:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 4:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Block Program(June and July)
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
At the Beren Campus on Lexington Avenue and 33rd Street
Wednesdays 6:00pm – 10:00pm
When does field work take place?
A student is required to do 21 hours of field work a week, that is, three seven hour days. Full-time Concurrent students usually do field work on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, although other arrangements are possible. Block Program students are expected to attend field placement five days a week, and take classes in June and July.
Do I have to find my own field placement?
Our Department of Field Work Instruction has placements throughout the New York Metropolitan area, and will do their best to find a placement that satisfies your learning and logistical needs. Possible field work placements include major
New York hospitals, psychiatric day programs, rehab clinics, foster care agencies, and forensic placements.
If I currently work at a social service agency, can I complete a field placement during my first year in school?
In many cases an existing social service agency job may make a suitable field placement; however several conditions must be met. The final decision is left to the Director of Field Work Instruction. Contact our Field Work office for specific details.
When do I need to choose my area of concentration?
The area of concentration is chosen after the student has completed her first year of the Foundations Course and field work. For Concurrent, full-time students, this will be the beginning of the second year. For students who are extending their education, this may be at a later time.
If I took a few courses at another school, can I transfer them here?
If you took graduate social work courses at an accredited social work program, you may be able to transfer those credits towards your MSW degree here at WSSW. You need to bring us a transcript and course descriptions for all courses that you are requesting credits to be transferred from the other program to us. We will accept a maximum of 6 graduate transfer credits.
If you are in a social work program and wish to transfer to WSSW for your second year, the admissions office will evaluate your transcript and may accept all or part of your first year as transfer credits.
Once I am in the program, is there someone who will help me figure out which classes I should take?
All students are assigned advisors who will help you select courses, expand your learning experience, and troubleshoot any problems that arise in the course of your Wurzweiler education.
What is the Certificate in Jewish Communal Service?
Wurzweiler offers a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service to interested students as part of the MSW degree. The program provides in-depth knowledge of the Jewish organizational world; sensitizes them to practice issues unique to the Jewish community; and imparts specific skills needed to succeed as Jewish communal professionals in Jewish organizational settings.
The Certificate program includes three specialty elective courses and a second year field work assignment in a Jewish agency. It also offers a series of educational enhancements including the possibility of a study seminar in Israel, participation in the annual conference of federation professional and lay leadership, periodic guest speakers, and visits to Jewish communal agencies in the NY area.
Click here for more information about the Jewish Certificate program, or contact Professor Saul Andron at email@example.com.
Can I get credit for "life experience"?
No, credit is only granted for formal education earned at an accredited institution--not for "life experience."
Any more questions?
Email our admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 212.960.0810.
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