UPDATE: As of 2016, the programs of the Online Campus are available everywhere in the United States except for Massachusetts and North Carolina.

The School of Social Work at Columbia University has announced that it is expanding its Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program through a new online option available in select U.S. regions. The program is open initially to residents of the areas of greater New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Hartford, Stamford, Washington, D.C., Miami/West Palm Beach, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the entire state of New Jersey.

“We’re removing campus borders, and bringing Columbia—its quality education, its legacy and its network—to more people across the country,” said Dean Jeanette C. Takamura. “Our social work program is a nationally recognized leader in the field. The online campus offers class sessions, group work, and field practice to prepare future professional social workers, via a set of interactive tools. The same outstanding professors and high academic standards may be expected, no matter where we offer the program.”

Students in CSSW’s online campus can opt for the Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice or Social Enterprise Administration tracks, with specializations in Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities; or Family, Youth, and Children—the School’s most popular areas of study.

Graduates of Columbia’s MSSW program practice in a wide range of settings including corporate human resource departments, labor unions, legal aid, schools and colleges, community-based health and mental health centers as well as medical centers and religious institutions, in the U.S. and abroad. Many graduates become directors and leaders of social work agencies and institutions around the world. In 2013, the Columbia School of Social Work graduated 420 students now employed in a range of industries globally.

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UPDATE: As of 2016, the programs of the Online Campus have been made available throughout the United States except for in Massachusetts and North Carolina.

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