I understand that CSWE requires only 900 hours of practicum placement activities for most students, while Columbia is approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for 1200. Can this difference be reconciled?

We’re very glad to report that CSSW has applied to and been granted temporary approval by NYSED to award the MS degree with a minimum of 900 hours of field as opposed to 1200. This should relieve a lot of the pressure on individual students.