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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 clinical practice with individuals and families, 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.

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.

Full-Time Traditional Two-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 first year of your studies at Wurzweiler.

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 semester
Summer Program
For qualified college graduates BA/BS who want a more intensive style of study. Advanced standing program for those holding a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.
  • 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
PEP--Plan for Employed Persons
Designed for individuals already employed in social welfare or allied fields, PEP’s flexible schedule and orientation to the needs of working people make it an ideal program for the individual seeking to develop and advance his or her professional standing in the field.

Field instruction is located at the work setting, provided that the work assignment meets the educational requirements of the School and that the student is supervised by a qualified and approved social worker.

PEP can be completed full time in two years. Classes meet one evening a week and Sundays. Alternatively, PEP can be completed part time in three years.

Advanced Standing Program
For students with earned Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degrees.
  • Available as full-time, part-time or Summer Block programs
  • Yearlong field placement and classes
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).

Joint MSW-JD Program

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. This joint degree takes four years to complete.

Candidates must apply to and be admitted by both schools separately. Ideally, the application is made to both programs simultaneously. Admission to one school does not guarantee admission to the other, but it can strengthen the application.

During the first two years of study, students can complete the first-year program at each school in turn. During each of the remaining four semesters, students may divide their 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).

Joint MSW-MDiv Program

Earn the MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and the Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Yale Divinity School. This joint degree takes four years to complete.

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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