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Social Work Programs in New York

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Because of its signature city, New York is the probably the best known American state in the world. And while many of its great universities are in New York City, many others are situated in the state's charming, smaller cities, allowing easier access and more affordable living accommodations. In both cases, the educational imperative is vibrant in the state of New York and their educational systems are unusually is strong.

Robin Hood – targeting poverty in New York

Robin Hood is a financial organization that applies sound investment principles to philanthropy. By creating and supporting programs that change futures and save lives, Robin Hood is making a substantial difference in the efficacy of many social service programs in New York.

Robin Hood understands that poverty is the convergence of circumstances that coalesce into situations and events that condemn individuals to struggle for survival. There isn't a single cause. Their approach is to attack the root causes with prevention programs as well as programs that help those currently living in poverty. By partnering with those in New York who are successfully resolving poverty issues, Robin Hood can leverage a good idea for a handful, into a good idea for hundreds. For more information see the Robin Hood website.

Because of its immense population, the exceptional ethnic and religious diversity, and its socio-economic extremes, social work plays a vital role in all aspects of New York life. Social workers are the touchstone - the interface - between individuals and families, and government agencies, medical facilities, and social service organizations. They bring services to the street and advocate for social justice throughout the state.

Why study social work in New York?

New York State's Social Work Licensure

New York issues two social work licenses.

  1. Applicants for the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) licensure must have at least a master's (MSW) degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education
  2. Applicants for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure must have at least a master's (MSW) degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education with at least 12 hours of clinical social work acceptable to the licensing department, and at least three years post-master's supervised experience in diagnosis, psychotherapy and assessment-based treatment planning acceptable to the licensing department.

For more information see New York social work licensing.

New York is home to many distinguished schools of social work that share a commitment to social justice and the ideals of a civilized, humane, society. Research and scholarship set the pace for New York social work schools as they create learning communities that thrive on mutual respect, and engaged student-teacher interaction. Their commitment to diversity and cultural competence reflects their surroundings and the challenges of a complex, urban environment.

Historically, New York has always been in the vanguard of social work. New York's Columbia University School of Social Work was the site of the first social work school in the nation in 1893. At that time it was called The New York School of Philanthropy. These efforts set the foundation for a corps of social workers that are the lifeline not only for the most vulnerable, but also for citizens at all levels, throughout the state.

Because social workers play such an integral role in New York, opportunities for internships and field training are abundant in almost every specialty. Integrating classwork with supervised field training is an invaluable way to refine one's skills and learn to meaningfully connect with clients. Students who are interested in the fascinating dynamics of an intense, urban environment, will find studying in New York to be both stimulating and challenging.

New York Social Work Programs
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  • A public institution founded in 1766, it has a main campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey and offers many programs online.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and 38% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate  is 91.8%.
  • Famous alumni include chef and restauranteur Mario Batali, author Junot Diaz, actor James Gandolfini, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
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  • A public institution founded in 1766, it has a main campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey and offers many programs online.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and 38% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate  is 91.8%.
  • Famous alumni include chef and restauranteur Mario Batali, author Junot Diaz, actor James Gandolfini, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
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  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Online Programs
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • Online Programs
  • Financial Aid
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  • A private, Christian, liberal arts university open to students of any faith.
  • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Average class size is 20 students.
  • 97% of students receive financial aid, with the average freshman receiving $10,000.
  • Has been educating students since 1905.
  • Offers over 25 undergraduate degree programs. 
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  • A private, Christian, liberal arts university open to students of any faith.
  • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Average class size is 20 students.
  • 97% of students receive financial aid, with the average freshman receiving $10,000.
  • Has been educating students since 1905.
  • Offers over 25 undergraduate degree programs. 
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  • Ashford Mobile app keeps students connected to the online classroom on the go.
  • Business program offered in partnership and collaboration with Forbes magazine.
  • Offers several credit transfer and previous experience options for students who qualify.
  • Dedicated to fostering intellectual and personal growth since 1918.
  • Offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in business, health, education, and more.
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  • Ashford Mobile app keeps students connected to the online classroom on the go.
  • Business program offered in partnership and collaboration with Forbes magazine.
  • Offers several credit transfer and previous experience options for students who qualify.
  • Dedicated to fostering intellectual and personal growth since 1918.
  • Offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in business, health, education, and more.
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  • Online Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Online Programs
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  • With 100,000+ students, it's the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation.
  • Since 1971, its mission has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5%.
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  • With 100,000+ students, it's the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation.
  • Since 1971, its mission has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5%.
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  • Accredited
  • Online Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits