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WURZWEILER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Your guide to WSSW admissions requirements, resources, and points of contact.

We know you are eager to start making the world a better place. To make it easier, we've outlined the application requirements for each program at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work in the sections below. 

Application Process:

Program Options Include: Live Virtual Classroom  |  Traditional Face-To-Face  |  Summer MSW  | Online MSW  

Application:

Complete the YU Application or SocialWorkCAS 

Personal Statement:

Write a personal statement on what qualities you possess that would help you succeed in this program and ultimately as a social worker. It should be 500 words maximum in 12 point, Times New Roman font double-spaced. Please focus on quality over quantity. 

Letter of Recommendation:

Provide one letter of recommendation from an academic (professor) or professional (supervisor) reference. The reference should be able to attest to your skills and capabilities, especially as they relate to your pursuit of social work studies. 

Transcripts:

Please submit transcripts from any college or university where you have earned 9 or more credits. *Transcripts from Yeshiva/seminary study in Israel are NOT required for the application. 

Addendum (Optional):

If you wish to provide additional information to the admissions committee, please upload as a PDF under the "Additional Information" section of "Supplemental Items & Documents" once you have submitted your application. Topics can include: addressing academic discrepancies, additional qualifications/accomplishments highlighting your candidacy, etc. 

Advanced Standing Applicants:

Field Evaluation: You must submit a field evaluation from your bachelor of social work program signed by the agency and program director.

Letter of Recommendation: You must provide a recommendation from the program director or academic advisor of your bachelor of social work program. 

CSWE BSW: Your bachelor's degree (conferred or pending) must be a bachelor's in social work from a CSWE accredited school or CASWE accredited school for Canadian students. 

International Students:

Transcript Evaluation: If you have earned your degree outside of the U.S. or English-speaking Canada, we will require a NACES approved evaluation.

TOEFL/IELTS: If you have completed your degree outside of an English-speaking institution, we will require TOEFL (90 or above) or IELTS (7.0 or above) test scores.  

*If an interview is requested for your application, you will be notified by admissions via your application email. 

PhD in Social Welfare

Application:

Complete the YU Application 

Interview:

An interview component- the PhD staff will schedule this piece with you. 

►  Two Letters of Recommendation:

One letter should be academic (from a professor/faculty member) and the other should be professional (from a direct/former supervisor). 

Resume:

Should highlight your career trajectory, degrees, skills, and accomplishments particularly as they related to social work.  

Academic Writing Sample:

A writing sample of academic paper or other profession written work (e.g. solo published work, professioanl case study, agency-based report, or program design). 

►  Transcripts:

Please submit transcripts from any college or university where you have earned 9 or more credits. You can submit an unofficial transcript with your application and submit your official transcript upon acceptance.*Transcripts from Yeshiva/seminary study in Israel are NOT required for the application. 

►  Two Personal Statements (500-1000 words each):

1. Describe the academic and professional experiences that have led to your decision to pursue a PhD in Social Work. 

2. What are your research interests and professional aspirations, and how will the PhD help you to achieve your goals?

 

Clinical Doctorate of Social Work (DSW)

Open House Attendance: 

Applicants are required to attend a virtual Open House to learn more about the DSW program and meet with the Program Director and faculty. Please click here to sign up for an upcoming Open House.

► Work Experience:

A minimum of two years supervised post-MSW practice experience

►  Degree Minimum:

Master’s degree in social work (MSW) from a CSWE accredited program or international equivalent. 

Social Work Licensure or Waiver Request:

Applicants are required to have a valid licensure, certification, or registration valid in the state or country in which you are practicing.  Those applicants who do not hold a valid licensure may apply for a waiver by uploading a document explaining the reason for not being currently licensed. 

►  Personal Statement:

Write one personal statement responding to the following questions.

1. What factors have contributed to your decision to pursue a clinical doctoral degree in social work at Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

2. Discuss a contemporary social issue with clinical implications you potentially would want to explore further in your clinical doctoral studies.

3. Describe a challenging case or professional situation that you have encountered, where you were in the role of a social work practitioner, supervisor, or administrator. What factors (theoretical framework, practice philosophy or other) guided your assessment and intervention in the situation?

4. Please state professional goals and how they align with the DSW curriculum. 

►  Transcripts:

Please submit transcripts from any college or university where you have earned 9 or more credits. You can submit an unofficial transcript with your application and submit your official transcript upon acceptance.*Transcripts from Yeshiva/seminary study in Israel are NOT required for the application. 

►  Resume/Curriculum Vitae:

Should highlight your career trajectory, degrees, skills, and accomplishments particularly as they relate to social work. 

►  Academic Writing Sample:

A writing sample of academic paper or other profession written work (e.g. solo published work, professioanl case study, agency-based report, or program design). 

►  Two Letters of Recommendation:

One letter should be academic (from a professor/faculty member) and the other should be professional (from a direct/former supervisor). 

Application Deadlines:

 

Term

Program 

Application Deadline

Summer/Fall 2022   MSW, MA SPED 

 June 22

Fall 2022  DSW  July 15
Fall 2022  PhD  Rolling Admission

 

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Student Testimonals 

Nadine Evans

“My particular area of interest are individuals and families. I currently work in child protection and there are repeated cases of child abuse and neglect and intergenerational trauma. Now that I am pursuing my MSW, I understand how so much of our behavior is shaped by our environment.”

 - Nadine Evans, MSW student 

Monica Mandell

“The program has helped me to conceptualize the practice I have been doing for the past 20 years. I am now expanding my ideological understanding, exposing myself to new perspectives and learning how to resolve moral conflicts." 

- Monica Mandell, PhD in Social Work student 

Full Program Breakdown

Student Testimonals 

Nadine Evans

“My particular area of interest are individuals and families. I currently work in child protection and there are repeated cases of child abuse and neglect and intergenerational trauma. Now that I am pursuing my MSW, I understand how so much of our behavior is shaped by our environment.”

 - Nadine Evans, MSW student 

Monica Mandell

“The program has helped me to conceptualize the practice I have been doing for the past 20 years. I am now expanding my ideological understanding, exposing myself to new perspectives and learning how to resolve moral conflicts." 

- Monica Mandell, PhD in Social Work student 

Turn Your Passion Into A Career

Our instructors and academic staff are committed to fostering an inclusive community of learning, engagement, and networking. Graduates of our programs find themselves in careers across schools, non-profits, hospitals, community organizations, private practive, and much more.  

 

At a Glance

Small, personalized classes providing concepts for putting theory into practice. 

Faculty who are experts in their field and academic staff who offer guidance. 

Flexibility in format from full-time to part-time and convenient class times throughout the week and Sundays.

Admissions Contacts

Prospective Students & Applicants

Sofia Ludwig
Graduate Advisor
E: sofia.ludwig@yu.edu
P: 646-592-4711
Book a Phone Appointment

Contact Us

Admissions Contacts

Prospective Students & Applicants

Sofia Ludwig
Graduate Advisor
E: sofia.ludwig@yu.edu
P: 646-592-4711
Book a Phone Appointment

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