Students in the Reduced Residency Program at the Columbia School of Social Work remain employed by their social service organizations during the first two years of their M.S. degrees. In Year 3, some of them are able to remain at their agency to work while also completing their field requirements in another department. Many Reduced Residency students, however, leave their agency in Year 3 and take a placement organized by the School. For more information, review the Reduced Residency Guide. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.