Columbia University Online Master of Science in Social Work Programs (MSSW)

Columbia University’s School of Social Work offers an online Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSSW) designed for traditional standing students. The program has two concentration options:

  1. Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice: This concentration prepares students for direct practice work with individuals, families, and groups.
  2. Social Enterprise Administration: This concentration prepares students for mezzo and macro-level practice roles in which they can manage larger organizations such as non-profits and social service organizations or manage human resources and staff development departments within larger organizations.

Currently, the program only offers a Traditional Standing track comprised of 60 course credits and a total of 1,200 hours of field practicum. Students can complete the MSSW program in approximately two years of full-time study or about four years of part-time study. Columbia also offers a Reduced Residency track that requires a total of 900 hours of field education instead of 1,200 hours. This program requires at least two years of full-time (or four years of part-time) direct practice work experience in a social services agency or human services organization.

Columbia University’s online MSSW program is available to residents of New Jersey, as well as individuals living within a 90-minute radius of the following cities: 

  • New York: New York City, Albany, Buffalo, and Syracuse
  • Connecticut: Hartford and Stamford
  • Pennsylvania:
  • District of Columbia: Washington, D.C.
  • Florida: Miami and West Palm Beach
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Texas: San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston
  • California: San Francisco and Los Angeles

Both the Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice and Social Enterprise Administration MSSW concentrations have the same Foundation Year curriculum, followed by an advanced year of specialized courses. The Foundation Year includes classes such as Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Foundations of Social Work Practice, Social Welfare Policy, and Advocacy in Social Work Practice.

The Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) Concentration is comprised of classes such as Clinical Case Evaluation, Advanced Clinical Practice, The Health Care System, Motivational Interviewing, and Complicated Grief. The Social Enterprise Administration (SEA) Concentration includes classes such as Social Planning and Program Development, Human Resource Management, Supervision and Staff Development, The Health Care System, Macro Community Practice, and Program Evaluation.

Students in the program complete two field placements over the course of their four terms in the program. During their first year of study, students are matched with a field agency within their geographic location, and fulfill three days of practicum per week throughout their first and second terms. The Field Education Department is responsible for placing students at agencies. During their second year, students’ placements are determined by their academic concentration, and they work with the Field Education Department to determine an agency that fits their academic and career goals.

Columbia University’s School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and the university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Columbia University Online MSSW Programs: Overview

Department: School of Social Work
Degree Types: Traditional Standing Only
Concentrations: Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice; Social Enterprise Administration

Program Structure: Online with field education (students must visit the campus twice during the program for orientation and a final Capstone Integrative Project)
Instruction Methods: Program combines synchronous real-time instruction using Adobe Connect with offline learning through the Canvas learning management system
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Disclaimers: Program currently only accepts students from New Jersey and who live in the following metropolitan areas: New York City, Albany, Buffalo, and Syracuse (NY); Hartford and Stamford (CT); Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg (PA); Washington, D.C.; Miami/West Palm Beach (FL); Chicago (IL); San Antonio, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, and Houston (TX); San Francisco and Los Angeles (CA)

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Science in Social Work
Website: School of Social Work
Phone Number: (855) 532-5200

Program Requirements
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,200 hours
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate

Program Length
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-Time program takes approximately 2 years to complete; Part-Time Extended Program take approximately 4 years to complete
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements
GPA: No Minimum GPA (Average GPA 3.5)
GRE Information: Not Required
Tuition: Inquire with school

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Science in Social Work – Reduced Residency Program
Website: School of Social Work
Phone Number: (855) 532-5200

Program Requirements
Field Education Requirements: A total of 900 hours
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate

Program Length
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes 3 years to complete and combines part-time and full-time enrollment
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements
GPA: No Minimum GPA (Average GPA 3.5)
GRE Information: Not Required
Tuition: Inquire with school
Work Experience: Requires two years (full-time) or fours years (part-time) direct practice work experience in a human services organization


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