MSW Program

A world-class education from the first school of social work in the United States.

Columbia School of Social Work has been a leader in social work education, training, and research since 1898. It joins rigorous academic theory with real-world practice to enhance the welfare of citizens and communities in New York City, the nation, and around the world.

Our Competitive Advantage

Rigorous Coursework

The CSSW curriculum combines a foundational understanding of social work practice with a specialized focus in a student’s concentration.


Top Professional Training

Our on-the-ground practicum training takes place under the supervision of some of the most experienced social work practitioners in the nation.

Practicum Learning

Wealth of Choice

At the Columbia School of Social Work students can choose among learning platforms, programs, concentrations, minors, and dual degrees.

Your MSW Pathway

Online Campus

Columbia School of Social Work’s online campus is available nationwide. Online MSW students take classes with leading Columbia faculty and are placed at a practicum agency in their nearest metropolitan area. You can find more details about this 21st-century education path on our online MSW page.

Online MSW

Hear from Your Peers

Columbia students and alumni explain what motivated them to earn an MSW degree.
WHY SOCIAL WORK? Air Force Veteran's Story
After twenty years in the Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel Craig Theisen, USAF, Retired, could have taken a variety of career paths. But he decided he wanted to make a difference in other people's lives...
WHY SOCIAL WORK? Student Story
Nureen Wohl (MSW'17) talks about why she chose to study for an advanced degree in social work rather than in psychology.
WHY SOCIAL WORK? Alumnus Story
Walter Vega, who graduated from the Columbia School of Social Work in 2004 with a degree in clinical practice, talks about the differences between social work and other mental health professions.

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