Master of Social Work

Program Description

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 four semesters (16 months). In-class courses are offered in Brooklyn, and Monsey and the program can be taken entirely online as well. The online courses are offered through our unique Sara Schenirer Anywhere 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.

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FAQ

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.
We are proud to have partnered with Wurzweiler School of Social Work, a prestigious college featuring a world-class Social Work department. Founded as part of Yeshiva University in 1957, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work is proud to be part of a university system that has ranked No. 1 in New York and No. 2 in the nation for students in advanced degree programs.
The MSW degree program provided by Wurzweiler School of Social Work is fully accredited by NYS and the CSWE. Students in the MSW program at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work are continuously preparing for state license exams throughout their course of study, and both current students and graduates have access to their continuing professional education (CPE) programs. Immediately upon graduation, students are eligible to submit an Application for Licensure and First Registration. Once the application and fees are processed and approved, students are able to schedule and complete the licensure exam for their state.
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 internship hours 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.
This degree can be completed in just four or five semesters (Online – Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring = 16 months, In-Class – Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall = 16 months, Israel- Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring) provided the student meets the Social Work Program requirements. Students who wish to proceed at a slower pace, have that option as well.

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
• Minimum undergraduate 3.5 GPA. Students with a lower GPA may have their applications considered for provisional acceptance.

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
• Minimum undergraduate 3.5 GPA. Students with a lower GPA may have their applications considered for provisional acceptance.

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
• Minimum undergraduate 3.5 GPA. Students with a lower GPA may have their applications considered for provisional acceptance.

The Office of the Registrar at Wurzweiler School of Social Work typically grants up to twelve (12) transfer credits to students who have completed courses at accredited institutions and have provided their official transcripts for evaluation. The Office of the Registrar evaluates and accepts only credits that are applicable to the student’s program of study and reflect a final grade of ‘B’ or above.

Yes. We have both separate online and in-class programs for women.
• The live-online program begins in January.
• In class program begins in September. In-class locations are in Brooklyn and Monsey.
• The Israel program begins in October.

Live-Online- 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. 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.

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. Students in Israel will attend a two day, on site orientation in Israel. 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.

In-Class Students who prefer a true in-class experience, are advised to consider joining our in-class program. Please note that in-class locations are in Brooklyn and Monsey only.

At the commencement of the program, students are required to attend a one-day on-site orientation session at Sara Schenirer’s flagship location in Brooklyn, NY. Policies, fieldwork requirements, and program requirements are reviewed and discussed, and students meet their professors, fellow classmates, and senior Sara Schenirer and Wurzweiler faculty.

• Live-Online – Classes are offered Sundays from approximately 9:30am-2:00pm, and one evening per week from 8:00-10:00pm in our live-online format.
• In-Class – Classes are offered Sundays from 10:00am-2:30pm.
• Israel- Classes are one or two weeknights in live online format, plus one day in person.

Fieldwork is an integral component of a successful social work program. Each semester, students taking a full course-load will be 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 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.

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, in the five boroughs of New York 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. Loans are available to United States citizens. 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 a number of scholarships open to Jewish graduate students that students are encouraged to apply for:
Rose Biller Scholarship Fund – The Rose Biller Scholarship Fund is open only 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.

Wurzweiler School of Social Work prides itself on offering superior education and student support in a culturally sensitive environment. They are very understanding of the unique requirements and religious sensitivities of students who attend through Sara Schenirer and have worked diligently to provide an environment suitable for a Bais Yaakov graduate while meeting all academic standards.

It certainly can be. In fact, that is the primary reason we refrained from promoting it until now despite repeated requests from students, parents, and mechanchim alike. The reason we feel comfortable promoting it now is because of our partnership with Wurzweiler School of Social Work. They have worked with us to understand the potential problems inherent in this field and tailored their program to avoid them. Furthermore, the faculty is drawn from within our community and great effort is made to review all material to ensure appropriateness and proper presentation. With regards to fieldwork, every attempt is made to place students in suitable environments for their supervised fieldwork. Nevertheless, 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 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 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.

For students of the fully-online program, location is not an issue. Our intent is to offer this program at times that are suitable for most locations and time-zones. Students of the in-class program will have the option of transferring to the fully online program in the event of a relocation. Qualifying students can move to Israel in middle and continue the program there. Students moving from Israel to the US can transfer smoothly as well.

Registration is now open for all programs. If you are new to Sara Schenirer, please click on this link to complete your online application. If you are a previous Sara Schenirer student, please click on this link to complete your application. Applicants will be asked to submit an:
• Unofficial copy of their undergraduate transcript
• Essay explaining why they 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.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office 718-633-8557 ext. 32, or email rmilstein@sarasch.com, and as always, we will be happy to assist you further.

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Course Listing

SWK 6003
Generalist Social Work Practice I
SWK 6100

HBSE

SWK 6135

Cultural Diversity

Elective 1
SWK 6004

Generalist Social Work Practice II

SWK 6201

Social Welfare Organization

SWK 6402

Applied Methods in SW Research

Elective 2
SWK 6013/6023/6033

Advanced Practice I

SWK 6210

Social Welfare Policy

SWK 6111

Psychosocial Pathology

Elective 3
SWK 6014/6024/6034

Advanced Practice II

SWK 6401

SW Practice & Evaluation

SWK 6132

Philosophical & Ethical Foundations of SW

Elective 4
SWK 6901

Integrative Thesis/Capstone

SWK 6531C

Generalist Field Work I (300 hrs)

SWK 6532C

Generalist Field Work II (300 hrs)

SWK 6535C

Advanced Field Work I (300 hrs)

SWK 6536C

Advanced Field Work II (300 hrs)

Where can your degree take you?

Counseling Services

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

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.

Nursing Home

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.

Hospital

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

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.

At the graduate level, the only aid available is in the form of loans. Loans are available to United States citizens. 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 a number of 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.

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