Columbia University-School of Social Work

Why you should consider this program

Offering one of the first programs of its kind, Columbia School of Social Work has been at the forefront of the social work field for more than 100 years. Today, CSSW remains actively engaged in making a meaningful difference in individuals, families, and communities through intensive academic study, groundbreaking research, and unparalleled experiences in the field. Our graduates make active and meaningful contributions to a global profession that is poised grow 15 percent through 2026.

Our in-depth and uniquely personalized program includes support from some of the most renowned faculty in the world and the opportunity to embark on a journey that will honor your commitment to social justice. We invite talented, focused individuals to join us and discover how the birthplace of social work education continues at the forefront of the field in the 21st century. You will be challenged and transformed by your experiences at Columbia School of Social Work.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 105,570 $ 66,000 $ 39,570
Out of state $ 105,570 $ 66,000 $ 39,570
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Each year, students will receive a $25,000 in-line scholarship and $8,000 in Federal Work Study, for a combined package of $33,000 per year. The total financial value of the Fellowship is $66,000.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 19,350

Application fee waived?



The Columbia School of Social Work will match fellows with agencies that provide experience with direct social work practice in underserved community based organizations prior to the start of the fall term. Typical settings include schools, hospitals, courts, substance abuse clinics, prison, international governmental organizations, and community health clinics. Accepted fellows will be required to complete a field form to indicate interest in which populations they are interested in working with. The Office of Field Education works closely with all incoming fellows to assign the most educationally sound match with a field placement and field instructor.

Jobs for program alumni

When you graduate from CSSW, you will join more than 19,000 alumni who are demonstrated leaders in the social work profession. Graduates pursue a wide range of academic and professional positions, including doctoral study, research fellowships, private practice, and active careers in the social service, nonprofit, NGO, government, and corporate sectors.

Listed here are some organizations where recent alumni are employed:

  • Alzheimer's Foundation of America
  • Asian Americans for Equality
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
  • Bowery Residents' Committee (BRC)
  • Children's Aid Society
  • Children's Law Center
  • Google
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Mental Health Service Corps
  • Mt. Sinai Health Partners
  • Napa County DA's Office
  • National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI)
  • Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • New York City Department of Homeless Services
  • New York Community Hospital
  • New York Foundling
  • New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
  • New York Lawyers for Public Interest
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Safe Horizons
  • Save the Children International
  • STEPS to End Family Violence
  • STRIVE International
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • USAid-Thailand

Other details

Program length

Two academic years of full-time study, consisting of course work and field education.

Application requirements

  1. Online application
  2. Resume
  3. Application essays
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  6. $75 application fee (waived for all RPCVs)

Admissions process

Applicants may apply for fall entry to the Two-Year Program for consideration for the Coverdell Fellowship. This is a full-time program. Classes are scheduled between the hours of 9am and 9pm on weekdays, subject to vary between semesters and academic years.

Program begins

Early September (Please note: to be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship, applicants must apply to the Two-Year Program beginning in the fall term. Applicants applying for spring entry are not eligible.)

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



David Stephens, Director of Admissions

Columbia School of Social Work/Office of Admissions
1255 Amsterdam Ave, Floor 5
New York, NY 10027