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MSW Program at Shanghai and New York

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Program Highlights

NYU Silver’s MSW program at Shanghai and New York provides the opportunity to experience an innovative global MSW education. Extended immersion in Shanghai and New York allows students to critically reflect on cultural, social, and economic similarities and differences between these two environments, and it enhances their learning about and capacity for culturally appropriate practice. The program consists of a generalist practice curriculum in Shanghai followed by a specialized practice curriculum in clinical social work in New York City. Students spend two semesters in a field instruction agency in each of the program’s two years, for a total of 1200 hours of field learning experience.

Bilingual Program

All courses will be taught in English. Students in their first year will have their field placement at social service agencies and hospitals in Shanghai. This field placement will be in either Chinese or English, depending on a student’s language capability. In their second year, students will have their field placement in the greater New York metropolitan area, where a wide variety of agency settings are available. This field placement will be at a site where English is the primary language.

Global MSW Program

This program is similar to the Two-Year MSW program, but students attend the first year at NYU Shanghai and the second year in New York City, at NYU's Washington Square campus. The program is designed for students who want a truly global social work education. Global and multi-cultural content is infused throughout the curriculum. Upon graduation, students will receive an NYU-granted MSW degree.

Sample Course of Study

First Year in Shanghai

Fall Semester
Social Work Practice I 4
Social Welfare Programs and Policies I   3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 3
Writing Seminar (for non-native English speakers) a 3
Conversational Chinese (for non-native Mandarin speakers) b 2
Field Instruction I 4
  Total: 17a
  Total: 16b
Spring Credits
Social Work Practice II   3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3
Practice with Groups 3
Social Work Research I
Field Instruction II   4
  Total: 16

Second Year in New York

Fall Semester
Social Work Practice III 3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment III 3
Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege 3
Social Work Research II 3
Field Instruction III   4
Elective 1
  Total: 16 a
  Total: 17b
Spring Semester  
Social Work Practice IV 3
Advanced Social Policy 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Field Instruction IV 4
  Total: 16
  Total Credits: 65

Note: The total credits for required courses is 56 with another 9 credits toward electives. Writing Seminar is an elective that is recommended for non-native English speakers. Conversational Chinese is an elective that is recommended for non-native Mandarin speakers. The number of other elective credits available depends on which of the above electives students have taken. Students who take Conversational Chinese have an additional 1-credit elective. Even though it is listed in the third semester, it can be taken at any point during the New York portion of the program: first year January term or spring break, summer semester between the first and second year, or during the second year.

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Contact Us

Silver School of Social Work at NYU Shanghai Address:
Pudong Campus
1555 Century Ave
Pudong, Shanghai, China 200122

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Tuition and Scholarship

Example of a full-time, two-year MSW tuition and scholarship:

  • Tuition: $1,351 per point on average
  • Total: approximately $44,565/year (based on 33 points)
  • Scholarship: Approximately $10,000 (average award, if received)

Financial aid is available to eligible students in the form of discounted tuition. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services at