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Completion time One year
Total credits At least 30 at CSSW (transfer up to 30 from previous program)
Total practicum education hours 600 hours
Starts per year One, fall term
Prerequisites One year of graduate-level coursework and practicum work

The Transfer pathway is available to those who have already completed a full year of coursework and practicum work at another CSWE-accredited graduate school of social work in the United States within the last five years.

Students accepted into the Transfer pathway can transfer up to 30 credits from their previous school. At least 30 credits must be completed at Columbia including 21 credits in social work classroom courses and 9 credits in practicum education. Please note that only graduate-level credits can be transferred.

Transfer students can complete their degree within one year. They start at Columbia as a second-year student and will complete one practicum placement. As with all other pathways, they will choose a method specialization and a field of practice.

Coursework Estimates

As a Transfer student, you will take three or four courses per term. You should expect to spend six to eight hours per week in synchronous classes. This is in addition to time spent on homework and other assignments.

You must also spend three days (21 hours total) at your practicum work site each week. Most placements require work during daytime hours, generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit our Practicum Placements page for more information.

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