Earn your Master’s of Social Work

a national leader in shaping social work practice, research and education

Earn your Master’s of Social Work

a national leader in shaping social work practice, research and education


Gain unparalleled insights at the nation’s first school of social work.

Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW) has been a national leader in shaping public policy and social work practice, research, and education since 1898. Our students are committed to social justice, and our graduates make active and meaningful contributions to this growing global profession. Here, you will learn from some of the most recognized leaders in the field. You will earn your degree in an innovative curriculum delivered by our leading faculty with unparalleled resources for student support and development.


alumni who are demonstrated leaders in the social work profession.


who filed a FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year received over a total of $12 million in institutional financial aid.


social work licensing pass rate of any school of social work in New York and 15 percent higher than the national average.


Job Outlook for Social Workers for 2018-28 is projected at an 11% increase.

Immersive field placements

CSSW’s comprehensive network of more than 800 field internship partners in the New York metro area and across the country provide unrivaled opportunity for a diversity of experience and practice. In the field, you will apply classroom theory and evidence-based practice skills as you develop your professional identity and begin your commitment to serving people, communities, and organizations. Through the integration of coursework and field education, you will be trained to become a program planner, administrator, policy practitioner, researcher, or counselor. For our online campus, students complete field placements in their own communities. Placements are managed by our Field Education Department, ensuring sites are of the same level of quality as those in New York City.

Discover Why You Should Earn Your MSW at the Birthplace of Social Work Education


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