Why NYU Silver?

Since 1960, NYU Silver School of Social Work has trained leaders in every field of social work practice. The Silver School’s content-rich curriculum reflects current knowledge from both research and practice. With a commitment to social justice, emphasis on research, and a rich history of training students for clinical practice, the School offers education for professional social workers at the undergraduate, master’s, post-master’s, and doctoral levels.

In all degree programs, students can develop a global perspective in their social work practice through the School’s global learning opportunities. As part of the NYU Global Network University, the School has a presence at the NYU Shanghai campus through an MSW program in Shanghai and New York as well as through research projects with our partner, East China Normal University.


Since its earliest days, the Silver School has been a leader in clinical practice. This tradition continues today. Our clinical focus is infused throughout our educational matrix—in the selection of faculty and field advisors, in class assignments and examples, and in the inclusion of student experiences from the field in classroom discussions. Faculty scholarship in clinical practice covers areas such as mental health, addiction and recovery, parent-based interventions for adolescents, and trauma. The School has built a cadre of knowledge around palliative and end-of-life care and has developed interdisciplinary training around primary and integrated behavioral health care—two areas of social work with growing demand.


Research by the Silver School’s faculty spans a wide range of urgent questions and pressing issues, including poverty reduction, public health interventions, conceptual and philosophical foundations of clinical practice, assessment of social work education, and the public child welfare system. The School is well known for its innovative and pioneering work around poverty; children, youth, and families; and mental health and clinical practice. Much of the school’s scholarship and research is organized around its four research centers. In addition, the School offers mentored research opportunities to students.


The Bachelor of Science in social work provides students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical standards necessary for beginning social work practice. A liberal arts program, the BS program establishes the foundation graduates need to effectively address today’s social problems. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of complex social problems and what can be done to alleviate them.

The Silver School offers several Master of Social Work program options, allowing for flexibility in achieving the MSW degree. The School offers an integrated curriculum, which weaves together classroom, and field experiences, educating students for the pursuit of social justice. Additionally, students have the ability to concentrate their education on a specific aspect of social work through the wide range of electives, one-credit intensives, and field placements.

The PhD program provides students the rigorous preparation necessary for a successful career at a research-intensive academic institution and for leadership roles in the design and development of social welfare programs and policies. The program’s curriculum is designed to provide students with unparalleled methodological, conceptual, and statistical training in both quantitative and qualitative research. All students are paired with a research mentor who works collaboratively with the student throughout the program to ensure competency in core research, scholarship, and teaching areas.

The DSW program in clinical social work prepares licensed social workers for leadership roles in academic and agency settings. Building on the NYU Silver School of Social Work’s recognized excellence and history in clinical training, the DSW program is designed to enhance students’ clinical knowledge as it pertains to advances in theoretical and practice models, clinical research, and policies that directly impact practice.


The Silver School’s four locations offer convenience, flexibility, and a range of options for the School’s MSW program. Students can study and have field placements in the heart of New York City or closer to home. Our suburban campuses are convenient to Rockland County, New York; Westchester County, New York; New Jersey; and Connecticut.

Research Institutes


Approximately 1,322 students were enrolled at the Silver School in fall 2016.

  • Undergraduate program: 130
  • Master’s program: 1,083
  • PhD and DSW programs: 82

Financial Aid

The Silver School of Social Work is committed to providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships to our most competitive applicants. The School awards over $10 million in scholarships each year. Approximately 95 percent of full-time students receive some form of scholarship, with merit-based scholarships ranging from $7,000 - $15,000 annually.


The Silver School has 50 full-time faculty members, with doctorates that include social work, social policy, public health, anthropology, philosophy, and law. Through faculty research and scholarship, 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 underserved populations.


The School’s alumni network—more than 18,000 working professionals—constitutes a major social work resource in the New York metropolitan area, across the country, and around the world, providing services, leadership, and education.

Upon graduation, students have obtained positions in various fields, including: administration/management, community organizing/advocacy, research, teaching, clinical/direct practice, and policy analysis/development. Eighty-five percent of graduates reported that they obtained a position within six months of program completion.

  • NYU Silver LMSW pass rate for first-time exams: 84%
    North American LMSW pass rate for first-time exams: 81%
  • NYU Silver LCSW pass rate for first-time exams: 85%
    North American LCSW pass rate for first-time exams: 78%