Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Wurzweiler Master of Social Work program is an affordable and rigorous graduate program designed for a student who wishes to enter the field of Social Work. This 60-credit graduate degree will shape your passion for social work through a methods-based curriculum and guide you toward new opportunities to live your purpose in social and clinical casework, social group work and community social administration.
The program features dedicated and exceptionally culturally sensitive professors with years of expertise in the field of social work and the Jewish community. This ensures a program that is practical, rigorous, and appropriate for the frum individual. If social work is in your future, this is the program for you.
The Wurzweiler 60-credit MSW can be earned in just 24 months. Classes are one day each week at HUJ in person and one or two weeknights in live online format. This platform allows us to offer all classes online in a synchronous format where students and professors see, speak, and hear each other in real time.
Wurzweiler’s experienced fieldwork coordinators maintain a vast network of contacts and do their utmost to ensure suitable placements for you. We recognize that the quality of the fieldwork experience is important to you from a professional and hashkafic standpoint, and every effort is expended to locate opportunities for our students that will complement their needs and standards. Students will also benefit from ongoing contact and support from our highly attentive field coordinators.
The Israeli Ministry has approved the Wurzweiler students for licensure, provided they take four practice classes and a Social Welfare Policy class at an Israeli University alongside doing internshiph ours in Israel. Wurzweiler has arranged to have an exclusive class for the Sara Schenirer students, with a separate professor to accommodate the unique design of the program. The class meets once a week for two hours in addition to the live online classes.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. A BTL may be accepted.
- Minimum undergraduate 3.5 GPA. Students with a lower GPA may have their applications considered for provisional acceptance.
Students may be requested to demonstrate English language writing proficiency and reading comprehension via an English Placement Exam offered by Sara Schenirer.
The Office of the Registrar at Wurzweiler School of Social Work grants up to twelve (12) transfercredits to students who have completed courses at accredited institutions and have provided theirofficial transcripts for evaluation. The Office of the Registrar evaluates and accepts only credits that areapplicable to the student’s program of study and reflect a final grade of ‘C’ or above.
The program has two components: in-person and live-online.
The majority of the classes take place live-online, utilizing our unique Sara Schenirer Anywhere live online platform. A sample of this online format can be viewed here. This platform allows us to offer all classes online in a synchronous format where students and professors see, speak, and hear each other in real time. Classes take place at set times, and students enjoy all the benefits of a live classroom without the hassle and expense of travel, parking, and inclement weather.
To be eligible for Israeli licensure, students are required to take one class each week at Hebrew University’s campus. Wurzweiler has arranged for the Sara Schenirer students to have their own teacher in their own classroom. Students are also required to attend courses in the USA during the summer Bein Hazmanim.
At the commencement of the program, students are required to attend a full-day, on-site, orientation session at Wurzweiler’s Israel campus. No exceptions will be granted to this policy. At orientation, we review and acquaint you with all relevant policies, fieldwork requirements, and program requirements. Students also meet their professors, fellow classmates, and program directors.
To ease the travel burden on our students while retaining the essential in-class component of successful social work programs, this program is offered fully online utilizing our unique Sara Schenirer Anywhere live-online platform. To view a short video of how a live-online classroom operates, please click here.
This platform allows us to offer all classes online in a synchronous format where students and professors see, speak, and hear each other in real time. Classes take place at set times, and students enjoy all the benefits of a live classroom without the hassle and expense of travel, parking, and inclement weather.
At the commencement of the program, students are required to attend a two-day on-site orientation session at Sara Schenirer’s flagship location in Brooklyn, NY. No exceptions will be granted to this policy. At the orientation, policies, fieldwork requirements, and program requirements are reviewed and discussed, and students meet their professors, fellow classmates, and senior Sara Schenirer and Wurzweiler faculty.
Depending on the semester, classes are offered two/three weeknights from 8:00pm-10:00pm in our liveonline format.
Fieldwork is an integral component of a successful social work program. Beginning the second semester, students taking a full course-load are required to perform 21 hours of fieldwork per week under the supervision of their on-site supervisor
Wurzweiler’s experienced fieldwork coordinators maintain a vast network of contacts and will dotheir utmost to ensure suitable placements for you. We recognize that the quality of the fieldworkexperience is important to you from a professional and hashkafic standpoint, and every effort isexpended to locate opportunities for our students that will complement their needs and standards.Students will also benefit from ongoing contact and support from our highly attentive field coordinators.
Students who enroll through Sara Schenirer are eligible to receive a substantial tuition discount which reduces the price to just $825 per credit. The cost of the full program is only $49,500. There is also a one-time fieldwork fee of $1,500.
Qualifying students are eligible to apply for the HRSA grant and receive a $10,000 grant. Wurzweiler offers a ten-month payment-plan option, as well.
At the graduate level, the only aid available is in the form of loans. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at https://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Wurzweiler’s FAFSA school code is 002903.
Additionally, there are several scholarships open to Jewish graduate students that students are encouraged to apply for:
• Rose Biller Scholarship Fund – The Rose Biller Scholarship Fund is open to Jewish residents of NYC’s five boroughs, Westchester, and Long Island with financial need. It provides scholarships to Jewish men and women with significant economic need attending undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.
• Helen B and Lewis E Goldstein Scholarship Fund – This fund is open to Jewish full-time students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate school in the United States.
• Samuel Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund – The Samuel Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund provides interest-free loans to aid Jewish undergraduate and graduate college students who exhibit exceptional academic achievement and face financial difficulties pursuing a higher education. These loans must be repaid within ten years of graduation or termination of studies.
Despite our best efforts to ensure that the program be as haskafically correct as possible, the nature of the subject matter under discussion can at times mandate exposure to topics, lifestyles, and attitudes, that may conflict with our accepted cultural norms. Students are strongly encouraged to consult a mentor/halachic advisor before embarking upon this field of study
For students and parents alike, the world of college and degrees can be confusing, costly, and difficult to navigate. We pride ourselves on our high-quality educational partners who offer an accredited degree, uncompromised environment, and first-rate faculty at affordable prices. We complement that by providing exceptional warmth and support to every single Wurzweiler student at Sara Schenirer, and we work diligently to offer personal guidance to each student to ensure their success and timely graduation. Most of all, we operate under guidelines set for us by prominent rabbonim with whom we regularly consult to ensure conformance with Torah standards.
Students moving from Israel to the USA can transfer to the USA program provided internship details are ironed out in advance. Class schedules may also be different.
Registration is now open for all programs. To apply, please click on this link to complete your online application. Please do not use a phone to apply, and only use either Chrome or Firefox browser.
Applicant will be asked to submit an:
· Unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript
· Essay explaining why you wish to attend Sara Schenirer/Wurzweiler
· Two references
· Personal photograph.
Even if you do not have these available at the time of application, we recommend submitting your application immediately and submitting the requested documents as they become available.
Upon receipt of your application, students will be contacted to arrange an interview to continue the admissions process. Applicants who live outside the tri-state area will be interviewed utilizing our online teleconferencing technology
Generalist Social Work Practice I
Generalist Social Work Practice II
Social Welfare Organization
SWK 6402 -
Applied Methods in SW Research
Advanced Practice I
Social Welfare Policy
Advanced Practice II
SW Practice & Evaluation
Philosophical & Ethical Foundations of SW
Generalist Field Work I (300 hrs)
Generalist Field Work II (300 hrs)
Advanced Field Work I (300 hrs)
Advanced Field Work II (300 hrs)
Social work counselors listen to and offer support for their clients, typically in a private practice setting. They use tools like psychotherapy to assess their client’s mental health. They also help clients access other other social services.
Child Welfare Services
Child welfare social workers advocate for children suffering from abuse, neglect, or disability. Those working for adoption agencies also help families with adoptions and foster care services. They work in schools, government agencies, and family service agencies
Community Mental Health Center
This social work career path focuses on clients who suffer from mental illness. They usually work as part of a team of psychologists, therapists, and counselors. These social workers help clients find employment, housing, jobs, and other services. They also help clients with day-to-day living.
Social services workers provide community services such as food subsidies, homeless shelters, job training, and medical care. They also help people connect to and properly use these services.
Social workers in nursing homes advocate for their clients’ general wellbeing. They protect elderly patients against abuse and support clients and their families through medical, financial, and emotional decisions
Social workers in hospitals help patients navigate the financial, emotional, and social implications of an illness or medical condition. They support patients’ families and serve as a point of communication between patients, their families, and doctors.
Health care social workers work in hospitals, clinics, outpatient health centers, and hospice centers. They help patients understand the financial, emotional, and social repercussions of their condition. Sometimes they help clients navigate medical options or create end-of-life plans.