About Silver

The Silver School provides a rich environment for the education of professional social workers. The School offers accredited programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, and serves as a major post-master’s training center for hundreds of practitioners in the New York region.

Through faculty research, the School is a key source of scholarly research and publications directed at improving the practice of social work, evaluating social service and mental health programs, and developing new alternatives for meeting the needs of under-served populations.

Since 1960, the Silver School has been a pioneer in training over 18,000 social work practitioners and leaders in every field of practice, affecting lives around the world. From 1960s gang violence to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s to 9/11, NYU’s social workers have been at the center of response efforts that turn crises into social progress.


The mission of the Silver School of Social Work at New York University is to educate professionals in a global perspective for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities and to provide leadership in the development of knowledge relevant to social work practice in complex urban environments.

The School seeks to fulfill its mission by building and transmitting knowledge that is grounded in empirical research, and that will help to alleviate human suffering, enhance the vitality and caring capacity of communities, and promote the ideals of a humane and just world.