Master of Social Work

Female student smiles into the camera - LGWe have been creating compassionate, effective social workers since 1916. As a nationally ranked Graduate School of Social Service, our insightful curriculum, hands-on field instruction, world-class faculty, and diverse student body uniquely prepare our students to have a positive impact on the lives of others.  Our graduates are able to step into exciting, rewarding careers serving clients in clinical settings, leadership, macro practice, and research.

Program Highlights

  • 66 credit hours: 48 credits of classwork and 18 credits of fieldwork experience.

  • Areas of concentration in clinical social work, leadership and macro practice and research.

  • Variety of full-time and part-time study options.

  • Wide selection of valuable fieldwork opportunities.

  • Mentoring by supportive faculty.

  • Choice of four locations: Lincoln Center (midtown Manhattan), West Harrison (Westchester County), Rockville Centre (Long Island) and online.

  • Ability for eligible transfer students and B.S.W. graduates to complete the M.S.W. degree in less time.

  • Special plan to study for people who are currently employed as social workers.

  • Various types of financial aid including scholarships and graduate assistantships.

Our M.S.W. curriculum integrates classes on social work theory with hands-on field instruction, where the theory is put into practice.  It is a combination that empowers our graduates to effectively improve the lives of the individuals, families and communities they work with.

Our flexible program is designed to help students reach their professional goals while accommodating outside responsibilities.  We offer full-time and part-time plans of study, and classes meet only once a week on weekdays, Saturdays or evenings.

Our dedicated faculty also creates a stimulating environment where students can learn and grow. Each student is assigned a supportive faculty adviser who is available to discuss all academic and practical concerns.

Lastly, our M.S.W. students are members of a passionate and engaged community. They can participate in a rich selection of conferences, lectures and events, a student congress and diverse student groups, where energized colleagues exchange ideas, learn from one another and network.

The Graduate School of Social Service is an exciting place to earn your master of social work degree and prepare you for a rewarding career as an agent of change.


Prospective M.S.W. students should take a look at our M.S.W. Student Handbook. For additional inquiries, click here. Our responsive Office of Admissions staff will answer any question or concerns you have. E-mail us at or call 212-636-6600 to discuss how our program can help you reach your goals.