New York University School of Social Work

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NYU Silver School of Social Work
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Parent institution
New York University
DeanNeil Guterman
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The New York University Silver School of Social Work (also commonly called Silver) provides social work education from undergraduate through doctoral levels.


Founded in 1960 as the NYU School of Social Work, the school was renamed the Silver School of Social Work in honor of NYU Alumni Constance and Martin Silver who, in 2007, pledged $50 million to the School of Social Work. At the time, it was the largest known donation to a school of social work in the history of the United States.[1]

Known for its tradition of clinical excellence and dedication to social justice, the school offers a comprehensive, highly competitive, and rigorous education in professional social work, conferring Bachelors, MSW, PhD, and DSW degrees. In 2019 the school as a whole ranked 13th nationally.[2] In addition, the school offers four dual Master's degree options:[3] MSW/MA in Child Development with Sarah Lawrence College; MSW/JD with the NYU School of Law; MSW/Executive MPA with the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; and MSW/MPH with the NYU College of Global Public Health. The school has educational partnerships with approximately 600 public and non-profit agencies throughout New York metropolitan region, and offers students an array of global learning opportunities in such locations as Shanghai, Puebla (Mexico), Buenos Aires, Accra (Ghana), Tel Aviv, Paris, and Glasgow.[4] Students at the School of Social Work collectively provide more than one half-million hours of service each year through their field placements and volunteer work.[5]

The school's faculty conduct innovative research on a wide range of high impact scholarly questions advancing social work practice and policy, work with government and community-based agencies, and play key roles in major social work associations and journals. The school is home to several leading research institutes, including the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, and the Center on Violence and Recovery. In 2006, the school launched the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, which encompasses a range of initiatives designed to develop and mentor palliative and end-of-life care (PELC) social work leaders at all stages of their careers. It is named after the social worker most closely associated with the modern-day palliative care movement, Zelda Foster,[6] who taught in the school's Post-Masters Certificate Program in PELC from its inception in until months before her death in July 2006.

The school also serves as a major postgraduate training center for hundreds of practitioners in the greater New York metropolitan region.[7]

Research facilities[edit]

In addition to its three research institutes listed above, NYU Silver is home to The Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Group (YYAMH-G), composed of faculty, students and invested partners dedicated to understanding the transition to adulthood among vulnerable populations of youth and young adults, and learning how to make the transition better for more young people. NYU Silver faculty are known for their research tackling social problems in the U.S. and around the world, including poverty and inequality, child abuse and neglect, health disparities, substance use disorders, and mental health challenges.

The Silver School of Social Work benefits from its access to NYU's research resources. Bobst Library at NYU is one of the largest open-stack research libraries in the nation, as it houses more than 3.3 million volumes, 20 thousand journals, and over 3.5 million microforms. There is a social work subject specialist on the library faculty[8] who select materials and works with NYU Silver faculty and graduate students. The school itself is also home to Information for Practice, a globally focused website providing the latest news and emerging scholarship in the social work profession.

Main campus[edit]

The school's main facilities are located in the heart of NYU's Washington Square campus in Greenwich Village. The school's educational, extracurricular, and social hub is housed in three historic townhouses bordering Washington Square Park where students can meet with faculty, take classes, and access NYU's network of student services and administrative offices.

Historic Townhouses.
Historic NYUSilver Townhouses.

Satellite campuses[edit]

NYU Silver's MSW program is also available on the campuses of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County, New York; and Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County, New York. In addition, the school offers a two-year MSW program at Shanghai and New York, in which students do their first year of coursework and field learning at NYU Shanghai and the second at the Washington Square Campus.[9]

Sarah Lawrence
Sarah Lawrence, located in Westchester County, NY
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas College, located in Rockland County, NY

Student organizations[edit]

The Graduate Student Association, or GSA, is the elected student organization for Master's students. It acts as a liaison between the students and the administration and faculty of the Silver School of Social Work. GSA invites graduate students to bring feedback about the program, suggest events and come to them for direction and assistance. Similarly, the school houses an Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) and Doctoral Student Association (DSA) for undergraduate and PhD social work students, respectively. Organizations such as the Pi Pi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, the Students of Color Collective, Chinese Student Union, Pride and Practice, Gerontology Student Collective, Asian Pacific Islander / American (API/A) Social Work Students for Change, Black Women's Social Work Coalition, Latinx Social Work Student Organization, and Social Workers for Women Worldwide are among the active student-run organizations within the school.[10]


  1. ^ "NYU Alumni Constance & Martin Silver Donate $50 Million to University s School of Social Work". NYU News. October 15, 2007. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "US News Best Schools of Social Work". US News.
  3. ^ "NYU Silver MSW Dual Degree Programs".
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  5. ^ "A University as Great as Its City" (PDF).
  6. ^ Davidson, Kay & Bullock, Karen (2007). "Zelda Foster and Her Contributions to Social Work in End-of-Life Care". Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care. 3, 2007 - Issue 1 (1): 69–82. doi:10.1300/J457v03n01_11. PMID 18072663. S2CID 20473710.
  7. ^ "Continuing Education".
  8. ^ "NYU Libraries Subject Specialists". NYU Libraries. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Global MSW Program at Shanghai and New York".
  10. ^ "NYU > Silver School of Social Work > Our Community > Student Life > Student Groups". Retrieved 2017-10-25.

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