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Yeshiva University New York — Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Social Work (MSW), Philosophy Doctorate (PhD)
Admissions Deadlines:

The school has rolling admissions.

Admissions Cycle:

The school has rolling admissions.

Program Start:
Programs can begin in January, June, and September.
Program Founded:
October, 2011


Fellows will receive a $14,000 scholarship. Depending on which program of study is selected, scholarships are dispersed accordingly. Full-time students receive 25% of their aid every semester graduating after 4 semesters. Part time students receive 10% of their award during their first year or semester, and then receive 45% for their second and third years, respectively. Summer-only Block students receive 40% their first academic year, 40% during their second academic year, and then the remaining 20% in their final summer.


Fellows completing the program at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work would graduate with a Master`s of Social Work (MSW) degree. The first-year foundation is clustered around five major content areas: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Welfare Organization, Foundations of Social Work Practice, two electives and field work. One required course in the foundation year, Cultural Diversity, is devoted exclusively to not only diversity, but issues of social justice, human rights, political realities, discrimination and oppression. The second year offers advanced curriculum with three areas of specialization or concentration: social casework, social group work, and community social work. The concentration content is delivered through practice classes and the field work internship. Additional courses in the second year are Social Welfare Policy, Applied Methods of Research, Psychosocial Pathology, Social Work Values, and Jewish Social Philosophy. Two additional electives are available in the second year. Students can also elect to receive a certificate in Jewish Communal Service, Gerontology, or Child Welfare. Field placement is an integral part of the social work education experience. Field placement hours for full-time and summer-only students total 300 hours for each semester (600 foundation year, 600 advanced year


Applicants to the program must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor`s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A baccalaureate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Note: solid applicants with a lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • At least 40 credits in liberal arts subjects (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics, political science, history, philosophy, anthropology, literature, music, art, foreign language) and a course in human biology.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the field and a demonstrated commitment to the values underlying professional social work.

Personal traits suitable for the social work profession, including emotional maturity, concern for people, respect for diversity and capacity for self-awareness and personal growth. The application can be accessed online at our website. The application requires three short essays, three professional and/or academic letters of reference, transcripts from all degree granting institutions attended, and a nonrefundable $50 application fee. Once all application materials are received, applications are reviewed. All applicants who meet the minimum requirements for admission are interviewed. We have rolling admissions and accept applications at all points during the year. Applications are reviewed in a timely fashion.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Stacy Lang
Director of Admissions

Wurzweiler School of Social Work
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10033

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