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About

Wurzweiler School of Social Work

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Dean's Office: Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Wurzweiler School of Social Work website. In just a few clicks, you will find everything you need as an applicant, student or graduate of our program. When you look at our MSW and PhD degree programs, as well as our Certificate Programs, you will see that our plans of study and class schedules are flexible and can accommodate the needs of a wide variety of students—working students, international students, joint degree students, full-time or part-time students. Our unique one-on-one advising system helps students apply what they are learning in the classroom directly into their field placement duties and responsibilities. Our Career Development Office helps prepare students for New York State licensing and job placement.

You can easily locate more detailed information about course syllabi, class schedules, calendars, study plans, policy manuals and the NASW Code of Ethics on our Curriculum and Academic Materials page. If the information you are seeking is not there, let the Dean’s Office know and we will make sure to add it.

Study with our outstanding graduate faculty who are dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Study with a diverse student body that is committed to high standards of clinical practice, human rights advocacy, cultural competence and professional values and ethics. Our graduates are known throughout the greater metropolitan area and in the global arena from Canada to Israel. And our graduates are our best advertisement. Wurzweiler cares about its students and alumni in a very special way. 

Grow your professional social work career at our Washington Heights or midtown campus locations.

Stop by the Dean’s Office with any questions or concerns. My door is always open.

Danielle Wozniak, MSW, PhD
Vice Provost and Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
212.960.0820

Mission and History

At the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, our mission is reflected by our history. We opened our doors at Yeshiva University in 1957 as America's only graduate social work school under Jewish auspices in a university setting.

Throughout our history and with the full support of the University, we have reached out to an ever-widening constituency. Though we began as a school of social work for group workers, reflecting the need of Jewish communal agencies for staff well-prepared in this discipline, we moved rapidly to offer the full casework sequence.

In 1974, with the help of a demonstration grant from the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, we launched the community social work sequence. This became an integral part of Wurzweiler's regular offerings, with courses in administration and research specifically designed for our students.

In 1984, the curriculum was reorganized to meet emerging needs in the field and to enable our students to become more familiar with computers in social service agencies, while additional changes reflected evolving accreditation standards.

We initiated doctoral studies in social welfare in 1966, granting the degree DSW, Doctor of Social Welfare. In April 2000, after an intensive self-study and external review, the New York State Department of Education approved changing the degree designation to PhD, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare.

We celebrated our golden anniversary with a major academic conference in New York City in 2007, and our accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education was recently reaffirmed through June 2025.

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