Clinical Social Work (DSW)

Program Description

The NYU Silver DSW Program in Clinical Social Work is a practice-oriented doctoral degree designed to prepare professionally licensed students for leadership roles in academic and agency settings. Through the promotion of practice-relevant scholarship, graduates will develop new clinical social work knowledge to advance social work practice and education, in the pursuit of social justice, to impact populations affected by the pressing social issues of today.

Building on the NYU Silver School of Social Work’s reputation for excellence in clinical social work education, the DSW Program offers theoretical, evidence-based practice, research, and policy coursework. Additionally, the program provides writing workshops and a choice of a teaching or supervisory internship geared towards the enhancement of advanced clinical practice knowledge and skills. The unique aspects of the program are designed to develop clinical academic leadership skills and prepare students to produce publishable papers under the direction of an advisor, and present at professional conferences.


Admission Standards:

  • Master’s degree in social work with a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or higher (based on a 4-point scale)
  • Minimum of two years post-MSW practice experience
  • LMSW or equivalent required, with an LCSW or equivalent strongly preferred
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL scores if English is not their first language. View all International Student Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Three academic or work-related letters of reference
  • Current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • A recent professional writing sample
  • Personal essay (5–10 pages)
  • Interview, as requested by the admissions committee