Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Welcome from the Dean
Peter B. Vaughan, Dean, Graduate School of Social Service   
Welcome to Fordham!  The objective of Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service is to prepare graduates at three degree levels to be effective agents for change as they strive to enhance the quality of life for the individuals, groups, communities, and organizations they serve. While the School is driven by its value base and its mission to promote human rights, social justice, and social change, the program, through its distinguished faculty, educates the students for practice using the profession’s latest research and most current practice theories. The School is particularly proud of its graduate school ranking - 11th out of more than 200 M.S.W. programs in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Guidebook.

Whether you relate to the fast-paced hum of an urban campus or the tree-lined avenues of the suburbs, Fordham has a place for you.  The cosmopolitan Lincoln Center campus is in the heart of Manhattan’s performing
A tradition of
learning, service,
and social justice
informs baccalaureate, master's and doctoral social work programs.
arts center, and our Fordham Westchester campus is located in West Harrison, N.Y., in scenic Westchester County. On Long Island we offer a collaborative program with Molloy College in Rockville Centre.  Whichever location you choose, you will find yourself among students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, from all economic strata, some with experience and others brand new to the field. Our students are placed in world-class agencies whose hallmarks are innovation and dedication to social justice.

The Graduate School of Social Service prepares leaders for the profession. Among our distinguished alumni are Dennis Walcott, M.S.W., M.H., chancellor of the NYC Department of Education; Rosa Gil, B.S.W., founder and president of Communilife, Inc.; Michael Dowling, president and CEO of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System; John Damonti, president of the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation; Ruth Sanchez-Way, Ph.D., former director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Services for Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA); and the Honorable Richard Berman, federal district judge in the Southern District of New York, to name a few.

Academic excellence at Fordham is enhanced by a strong sense of community inspired by social work values and by the tradition of Jesuit institutions for cura personalis - care for the whole person.  Individual attention to students by faculty, administrators, and staff is a hallmark of our School. This individualized approach is reflected in the range of programs and schedules designed to respond to each student’s personal and professional needs, and in the School’s ongoing support and assistance for career planning as students prepare to graduate.

Debra M. McPhee, Ph.D.


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