MSW Curriculum

Earning a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Wurzweiler is the first step toward changing your world. To achieve this goal, Wurzweiler's MSW program 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 be considered for our Advanced Standing program. 

Our curriculum and fieldwork opportunities emphasize social work values and ethics. We offer flexible programming that helps you to achieve your goals. 

The MSW is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

HEGIS code: 2104, program number: 11125.  All HESGIS codes.

Please note: 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


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

Field instruction at the students’ workplace, 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, 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 from an accredited institution and upon individual review by the admissions committee.

  • Summer course work is both in person and on line
  • September through mid-May field placements in students' home communities
  • International student body
  • Campus Housing is available

Important Information for Israeli Applicants to Summer Program 

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 a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited institution and upon individual review by the admissions committee.

  • 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.