As a Non-Matriculated student you have the opportunity to explore the field of social work and the rigorous coursework at the Silver School of Social Work. You can take one or two courses a semester for a maximum of four courses (12 credits) without making a commitment to a degree program. Below are the courses that Non-Matriculated students are permitted to take:
Social Welfare Programs and Policies I
Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
Social Work Research I
Please note: Non-matriculated students cannot enroll in electives, Practice, Field Instruction, or any other courses that are not listed above.
While taking classes at the Silver School, we encourage you to consider enrollment in our MSW program. Non-matriculated students must earn a grade of "B" or better to have their credits transfer to our MSW degree. Students later admitted to our master's program may receive credit for as many as four courses (12 credits).
As you explore the social work profession in the classroom, you may want to get experience in the field if you haven’t already. We encourage you to consider a population or setting that may be of interest to you and find a volunteer opportunity in this area. This will provide you with hands-on experience in social work, familiarize you with the profession, and help you determine if this is the right career path.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition is $4,236 per course.
Fees are $662 for the first course per semester and $216 for each additional course per semester.
General Admission Standards
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate school.
The completed online application
Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (we encourage these to be uploaded with your application; see details below)
One letter of recommendation (see details below)
A résumé or curriculum vitae
A $60 nonrefundable application fee must accompany the completed application and is not credited toward tuition. Please see our policy regarding application fee waivers on our FAQ page.
July 30, 2021 for Fall 2021
We require transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned 12 or more credits (including the institution where you are in the process of earning your bachelor’s degree).
You will be asked to upload an unofficial electronic copy of your transcript into the online application system. This can be either a copy issued to you from your academic institution or a copy in your possession.
We encourage you to upload your transcripts from your previous colleges or universities with your application; however, if you are unable, official transcripts may be mailed to:
New York University
Silver School of Social Work
Admissions and Enrollment Services Office
1 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003-6654
We are unable to make admission decisions without your uploaded transcripts. While we do not need your official transcripts in order to apply to our MSW program, if you are admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts showing all grades and degree conferrals.
Letters of recommendation should not be personal references. Your recommender should be able to speak to your abilities as a prospetive future social worker and should be able to evaluate your potential for graduate school education (e.g.: employers, supervisors, and college professors).
When you enter your recommender’s name into the online application system, they will automatically be notified of your recommendation request. The recommender will receive an email prompting them to complete a questionnaire and upload a letter of recommendation online. Be sure to inform them of the submission deadline, as we are unable to review your applications without the required recommendation letter. You should visit your online application regularly to monitor completion of this important part of your application. The system will accept your letter after you submit your application; however, a letter submitted after the application deadline will greatly delay the processing of your application. For this reason, it is a good idea to have a backup recommender.
You can reach out to the Admissions and Enrollment Services Office to arrange a meeting to discuss the admissions requirements and the application process.