MSW Program at Shanghai and New York

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 Education

The Two-Year program at Shanghai and New York is similar to the Two-Year program in New York, but students attend the first year at NYU Shanghai and the second year in New York City, at NYU's Washington Square campus. The Extended program at Shanghai and New York is similar to the Extended Program in New York, but students attend the first two years at NYU Shanghai and the third year at NYU's Washington Square campus. Upon graduation, students will receive an NYU-granted MSW degree.

TWO-YEAR PROGRAM AT SHANGHAI AND NEW YORK

Year 1: Fall in Shanghai

Course TitleCredits
Social Work Practice I 4
Social Welfare Programs & Polices I 3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 3
Professional Writing Seminar OR Chinese* 2
Field Instruction I 4

YEAR 1: Spring in Shanghai

Course TitleCredits
Social Work Practice II 3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3
Practice with Groups 3
Social Work Research I 3
Field Instruction II 4

YEAR 2: Fall in New York

Course TitleCredits
Social Work Practice III 3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment III 3
Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege 3
Social Work Research II 3
Elective 1
Field Instruction III 4

YEAR 2: Spring in New York

Course TitleCredits
Social Work Practice IV 3
Advanced Social Policy 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Field Instruction IV 4

Note: Students who wish to strengthen their writing or language skills may choose to take the Professional Writing Seminar or Chinese during the frst semester in Shanghai. Students choosing not to take either of those electives must take two additional 1-credit electives during their year in New York. 

EXTENDED PROGRAM AT SHANGHAI AND NEW YORK

Year 1: Fall in Shanghai

Year 2: Fall in Shanghai

Course Title Credits
Social Work Practice I 4
Field Instruction I 4

YEAR 1: SPRING IN SHANGHAI

Year 2: Spring in Shanghai

Year 3: Fall in New York

Course Title Credits
Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege 3
Social Work Practice III 3
Social Work Research II 3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3
Field Instruction III 4

Year 3: Spring in New York

Course Title Credits
Advanced Social Policy 3
Social Work Practice IV 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Field Instruction IV 4

° Note: The extended pathway is available to Chinese nationals (including residents rom Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), and to non-Chinese nationals who have an appropriate visa or part-time study in China. 

** Note: Students who wish to strengthen their writing or language skills may choose to take the Professional Writing Seminar or Chinese during the frst semester in Shanghai. Students choosing not to take either of those electives must take two 1-credit electives during their year in New York.