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Master of Social Work — Israel Block Program

Wurzweiler runs a unique program in Israel that enables social work graduates of the program to get licensed in both the United States and Israel. Students come to New York in the summer (June or July) for 2 years, and take classes in a concentrated block. Upon returning to your home country, in this case Israel, field practicum hours can be completed at a local agency.

Our faculty is as diverse as the program! Because of our partnership with Hebrew University in Jerusalem, some of our teachers are Israelis based in Israel. Others are New York-based faculty. And still others are faculty we have recruited from around the United States with distinguished expertise. In addition, our partnership with Hebrew University enables our students to take the Casework and Policy courses on site at the University.

Social work requires a special type of nurturing.  At Wurzweiler we know your name, we know your strengths, and we know where you want to grow.  Making sure you feel supported by the staff and faculty through this process is a top priority.

To learn more about the Israel MSW program, you can schedule a meeting with the MSW Program Director in Israel. 

  • Seven weeks in NYC — all classes in-person
  • Field work in your home town during the fall/spring
  • Ideal for professionals looking to spend the summers in NYC and their fall/spring semesters in their hometown (Israel). This six semester program includes two summers as 7-week long sessions, in-person, in NY. Fieldwork will be completed during the two fall and two spring semesters at your country of residence anywhere in the world. As part of your MSW, you will receive a comprehensive background in social work, social welfare organization, cultural diversity, human behavior and more.
  • Israel Roadmap: Layout of curriculum 

  • Six weeks composed of hybrid format — four weeks in NYC classes & two weeks of continued synchronous online coursework.
  • Field work in your hometown (Israel) during the fall/spring semesters in conjunction with additional online coursework.
  • Ideal for professionals looking for a hybrid style of learning. This six semester program includes two summers broken down into 4-week long sessions in-person and an additional 3 weeks of synchronous online coursework. Fieldwork will be completed during the two fall and two spring semesters at your country of residence anywhere in the world. As part of your MSW, you will learn about coping mechanisms, behavioral disruption, the ways emotional health can impact learning, and more.
  • Israel Roadmap: Layout of curriculum 

We place students in social service agencies that work with every population and problem imaginable. Agencies eagerly embrace our students because they know they are very bright and motivated.

Each Student is required to complete 600 hours of fieldwork a year.

How it works in Israel:

Faculty work together with students to match each student with a well suited placement. Field placement options in Israel are varied and cover a range of social service agencies, as well as other organizations that provide a variety of services. Placements are located throughout the country, in cities such as Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Raanana, Herzliya, among others. Current field placement agencies include mental health clinics, family services, medical settings, at-risk youth, the elderly, gap-year programs, addiction treatment, and more. While many placements offer English-language services, a number of clinical placements require some level of Hebrew skills. Each student receives weekly supervision by a highly experienced supervisor and Wurzweiler Israel field advisors are especially involved and available whenever needed throughout the field work experience.

To fill a critical need for affordable, English-language mental health services in Israel, Yeshiva University, together with Amudim Israel, has opened the Jerusalem Therapy Center. Providing professional care for English speakers, gap-year students and Israelis, the Center will offer mental health counseling that has become ever more important during prolonged lockdowns and affiliated stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.

The Center will be run as a partnership between the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and Amudim Israel, a social services organization serving individuals and families impacted by trauma, addiction and other complex mental health-related issues. Staffed by Wurzweiler graduate students, recent graduates and other professionals who specialize in a variety of modalities and concentrations such as addiction, anxiety and trauma, the Center will address the pressing mental health needs of English-speaking immigrants, from those suffering psychologically from the pandemic to gap-year students away from home for the first time and new immigrants struggling to adjust to life in Israel


Ph.D. in Social Welfare

Earn your PhD remotely from Israel or anywhere else in the world. Our Ph.D. in Social Welfare Program prepares students for a long and fulfilling career in clinical, research, leadership, policy and administration jobs. Join the next generation of scholars, educators and influencers in the field of social work. Contact Program Director Dr. Mary Beth Morrissey for questions at

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Clinical Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)

Earn your DSW remotely from Israel or anywhere else in the world. Our DSW prepares post MSW clinicians to become scholarly evidence-based practitioners, leaders in social service agency settings, and educators in clinical social work education. We offer a comprehensive format for advancement for those already practicing in the field. Contact Program Director Dr. Sari Skolnik for questions at

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Wurzweiler’s Alumni and Professional Community

At Wurzweiler, we bring students together from all over the world to learn from very experienced and knowledgeable faculty and from a diverse student body.

Annual events:

Every year we create an event for Wurzweiler Israel's students, supervisors, Alumni and professionals. This event takes place at the YU campus in Jerusalem, and in addition to getting together and listening to an exceptional speaker there is a light super included.


Networking with other alumni and professionals via our social media groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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