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.
Learning isn’t just in the classroom. Free, ongoing monthly seminars called Care Cafes are offered to all our students and alumni. Hosted and enriched by leading experts, Care Cafes address special topics and interventions that may not be extensively covered in the classroom. They constitute another layer of learning that takes your educational and career experience to the next level.
COACHING IN YOUR INTERNSHIPS
Social work students spend extensive amounts of time working in the field, gaining valuable hands-on experience that complements their learning. Our field planners are successful clinicians themselves who are there every step of the way to provide unparalleled, responsive guidance and support.
EMBEDDED CASAC CERTIFICATION
Students interested in the field of addiction can work towards Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) licensure, using their field hours and taking specific classes that will be credited towards their application.
GOALS FOR EACH STUDENT
We know our students. If you’re here, it’s because we believe in you. We’re committed to ensuring you are the very best you can be until graduation and beyond. Our individualized student plans are designed to promote every student’s learning, growth and development to maximize their strengths and work through their challenges.
Having the opportunity to learn from professors who are leaders in the field, yet humble, down-to-earth, and relatable, creates unparalleled opportunities for learning. You simply can’t compare learning from a teacher to learning from a role model who’s been there and is eager to share his wisdom and expertise with you. View our impressive faculty list here.
Our professors, student counselors, and field planners consistently provide specific feedback to each student, intended to help them develop as professionals in the best possible way. We deliver the messages you need to succeed in a way that is sensitive, thoughtful, and always for the purpose of helping you reach your dreams.
Students receive individual, ongoing supervision for all of their cases in the field, ensuring the tools and skills they learn in the classroom are transferable to their day-to-day work. Their field experiences, both successes and struggles, are brought back to the classroom, resulting in an unmatched 360-degree environment of learning.
PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID
We partner with Project Chai to offer our students a unique extracurricular opportunity to earn a certificate in Psychological First Aid (PFA). Live classes with Dr. David Fox and Project Chai’s first responders give our students a chance to learn the fundamentals of working with people in the wake of crises and tragedies. Students who earn the certificate have the chance to join Project Chai’s full training program and become interventionists in their communities.
TWO ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Students have the option to utilize their field- and classwork to earn special certificates in Trauma and/or Social Work Practice with Children, awarded by the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.
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.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
• Minimum undergraduate 3.5 GPA.
• Candidate must be a minimum age of 20 years old by the start of the first semester.
Students with a lower GPA may have their applications considered for provisional acceptance.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept transfer credits at this time.
We offer both in-class and live-online programs.
In-Class: Students who prefer a true in-class experience are advised to consider joining this program. The in-class program begins in September, and classes take place in Boro Park.
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 live-online Zoom platform. The live-online cohort begins in both September and January.
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.
For the in-class program, classes are held on Mondays from 10:00 am to 2:15 pm in Boro Park, and one evening per week on Zoom.
For the live-online program, classes are held on Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:15 pm and one evening per week, all on Zoom.
Unfortunately, due to legalities within the Israeli Ministry of Education, this program cannot be done while living in Israel.
Students who live in out-of-town communities will be active participants in the internship process. They will have the support of the field department to help them identify potential internship opportunities in their area that can be developed with the help of the field department.
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 $1,500 university fee.
**Save $5,000 on your tuition if you’ve taken Sara Schenirer’s BA in Psychology – Social Work Track. This brings down the Master’s tuition to a total of $46,000!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at this link. Wurzweiler’s FAFSA school code is 002903. Be sure to complete the correct year’s application.
Additionally, there are a number of scholarships open to Jewish graduate students for which we encourage you to apply:
- 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.
- HRSA Grant – The HRSA Grant is available for students entering their second year of fieldwork. Eligible students receive $10,000 towards their education. They are then placed with “At-Risk Adolescents” in several different settings/ agencies within NYC’s five boroughs and must commit to working with these adolescents for two years post-Master’s.
- Helen B and Lewis E Goldstein Scholarship Fund – The Helen B and Lewis E Goldstein Scholarship 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.
To get more information on these scholarships, please reach out to each organization directly. Please check scholarship websites for availability and deadlines. Scholarships are not available every semester.
To request an application, please submit this form.
When completing the application, you will also be requested to supply:
- Undergraduate Transcript(s)
- Essay explaining why you wish to attend Sara Schenirer/Wurzweiler
- Two References
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Photograph
- Non-refundable Application Fee
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, you will be contacted to arrange an interview to continue the admissions process.
Coping With Loss
Generalist Social Work Practice II
Social Welfare Organization
Applied Methods in SW Research
Maternal Mental Health
Social Work Practice With Children
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)
Where can your degree take you?
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 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
Mental health social workers focus 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, as well as help 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.
Nursing home social workers 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 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.