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Columbia University School of Social Work

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Columbia University School of Social Work
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Former names
Summer School of Philanthropic Work, New York School of Philanthropy
DeanMelissa D. Begg
Location, ,
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The Columbia University School of Social Work is affiliated with Columbia University as one of its graduate schools and began awarding the Master of Science (MS) degree in 1940. With an enrollment of over 900, it is one of the largest social work programs in the United States.[1] It is also the nation’s oldest, with roots extending back to 1898, when the New York Charity Organization Society’s first summer course was announced in The New York Times. The combination of its age and size has led to the School becoming a repository for much of the reference literature in the social work field.


In 1898, the Charity Organization Society established the first Summer School in Philanthropic Work at 105 East 22nd Street in New York. Twenty-five men and women attended the first classes. The Summer School continued as the primary training source until 1904. That year, it expanded the coursework as the first full-time course of graduate study at the newly renamed New York School of Philanthropy.

The name of the School was changed in 1917 to the New York School of Social Work. The Landmark Bureau of Children's Guidance was established in 1922. In 1931, the School moved into the Russell Sage Building at 122 East 22nd Street. In 1935, the School played a role in writing and implementing the Social Security Act.[2]

In 1940, the School was affiliated with Columbia University as one of its graduate schools and began awarding the Master of Science (MS) degree. The first doctoral degree was awarded in 1952, raising the academic level of social work. In 1949, the School moved to the Andrew Carnegie Mansion at 2 East 91st Street, and later to McVickar Hall on 113th Streetnear Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.

In 1961, the School formed a coalition in support of President John F. Kennedy establishing the Peace Corps.[2] In 1963 the name of the school was formally changed to Columbia University School of Social Work. In 1966, building on its pioneering work with children, the school launched a major longitudinal study of foster children, their families and the agencies serving them.

The first fully endowed professorship was set up in 1991, followed by the full endowment of the Kenworthy Chair and nine additional endowed professorships. In 1997, an agreement was concluded with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to provide new program support and a fellowship. In that year, the school’s endowment surpassed $40 million.

In 1992, students of the school organized protests and teach-ins as part of a nationwide effort to protest welfare cuts. The organizers of the school's events called the welfare cuts an example of the demonization of people on welfare.[3]

In 2002, construction of the current School of Social Work building began on Amsterdam Avenue near Columbia’s campus. The building was completed in 2004 and first used by students and faculty during the Fall semester of the 2004-2005 academic year.

In 2007, the School founded the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia to develop and advance evidence-based, sustainable solutions to emerging public health and social issues in the region, receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health.[4]

In 2012, the Columbia Social Work School established the Fisher Cummings Washington Fellows Program with a major gift.[5] The program funds select students for a semester-long internship in Washington, D.C., with an emphasis on working to promote social justice and the well-being of women, children, and families at the federal level.[6]

In 2014, the School opened its Online Campus for earning a Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from various major cities across the United States.[7]


Entrance to the Columbia University School of Social Work
Entrance to the Columbia University School of Social Work

The Columbia University School of Social Work has played a significant role in advancing the profession of social work and raising public consciousness of social services, both in the U.S. and beyond. In addition to being the oldest and largest school of social work in the United States, the School has had many notable achievements in developing social security policy, furthering advances in social work education and fostering social change.

CUSSW is ranked fourth best in the country, according to US News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Graduate Schools in 2008."[8] Columbia University School of Social Work is also ranked #1 for "Best Online Social Work Degree Programs,"[9] and #2 for "Best International Social Work Degree Programs,"[10] by Social Work Degree Center's Guide to Social Work Education.

The Columbia University School of Social Work's mission focuses on:

  1. the development of leaders in social work practice and research;
  2. the advancement of the social work profession, professional values, knowledge, and skills; and
  3. the enhancement of well-being and the promotion of human rights and social justice at the local, national, and global level through the creation of responsive social programs and policies.

In the field of national social security policy, members of the School faculty assisted Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins to write and implement the Social Security Act. During and after World War II, the School staff helped to extend the social work role into the military. The School's 1966 study on foster children and their parents has also had a major impact on national policy.

The School has initiated many advances in social work education:

  • requiring fieldwork instruction in social work education;
  • pioneering psychiatric social work; and
  • introducing the first curriculum on social work in the workplace.
  • In 2003, the School began publishing the Journal of Student Social Work [1] The Journal is a scholarly publication featuring articles related to all aspects of the social work profession, including clinical practice, public policy, and administration. In 2010 The Journal was renamed the Columbia Social Work Review [2] and the Review launched its Volume I in the Spring of 2010. The Review is a yearly publication for students in the field of social work to share their research, experiences and views with faculty, fellow students, and the wider scholarly community.

Over the years, the School has contributed numerous leaders in social work education. Its graduates hold thirty-nine deanships in schools of social work around the world. The School has been an active force in social change. It has been instrumental in forming coalitions to lead national movements for change, such as the Urban League and the White House Conferences on Children and Youth. The School was one of the first to develop an ecological approach to social work.

Notable alumni and faculty


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  2. ^ a b "History of CCSW | Columbia School of Social Work". The Columbia School of Social Work.
  3. ^ THE NATION; Campuses Buck Clinton On Welfare New York Times, 25 Oct 1992
  4. ^ "Global Health Research Center of Central Asia - The Columbia School of Social Work". The Columbia School of Social Work.
  5. ^ "History of CCSW | Columbia School of Social Work". The Columbia School of Social Work. February 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "CSSW Receives Major Gift to Establish Fisher-Cummings Washington Fellows Program - The Columbia School of Social Work". The Columbia School of Social Work. February 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Online MSW Programs: Masters in Social Work Online | CSSW". The Columbia School of Social Work.
  8. ^ "Best Social Work Programs - Top Health Schools - US News Best Graduate Schools". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  9. ^ "15 Best Online Degree Programs - Social Work Degree Center: Guide to Social Work Education". 2016-09-14.
  10. ^ "The 15 Best International Social Work Degree Programs - Social Work Degree Center: Guide to Social Work Education". 2017-02-26.
  11. ^ a b "Vera Shlakman, Economics Scholar Who Joined CSSW after Red Scare, Dies at 108 - The Columbia School of Social Work". The Columbia School of Social Work. 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  12. ^ Marjorie., Heins (2013). Priests of our democracy : the Supreme Court, academic freedom, and the anti-communist purge. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 978-0814770269. OCLC 827235532.
  13. ^ Roberts, Sam (2017-11-27). "Vera Shlakman, Professor Fired During Red Scare, Dies at 108". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  14. ^ Grimes, William. "Alfred J. Kahn, Specialist in Child Welfare Issues, Dies at 90", The New York Times, February 21, 2009. Accessed February 21, 2009.
  15. ^ Waldfogel, Jane (Summer 2010). "The legacy of Alfred Kahn: Comparative social policy and child well-being" (PDF). Institute for Research on Poverty. University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  16. ^ "CSSW Hall of Fame and Pioneer Inductees" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Judith Wallerstein, pioneering expert on divorce, dies at 91". The Jewish News of Northern California. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  18. ^ a b Grady, Denise (2012-06-20). "Judith S. Wallerstein, Psychologist Who Analyzed Divorce, Dies at 90". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  19. ^ ""Social worker graduates, we need you now more than ever": Alumnus Dr. Jared Bernstein Has Fiery Words for Class of 2017 - The Columbia School of Social Work". The Columbia School of Social Work. May 22, 2017.
  20. ^ Shear, Michael (December 5, 2008). "Biden Picks Jared Bernstein as Economic Adviser".
  21. ^ CNBC. "Jared Bernstein". CNBC.
  22. ^ "CSSW Hall of Fame and Pioneer Inductees" (PDF). Columbia University School of Social Work.
  23. ^ "Ada Deer - NASW Social Work Pioneers". Archived from the original on 2017-12-26. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
  24. ^ "Our Founder Winona C. Alexander" Archived 2009-03-09 at the Wayback Machine, Delta Sigma Theta: Jacksonville Florida Alumnae Chapter, Retrieved December 1, 2007
  25. ^ "Antonia Pantoja". Archived from the original on 2017-12-01.
  26. ^ "Alumna and Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree Antonia Pantoja Celebrated with Mural in East Harlem - The Columbia School of Social Work". The Columbia School of Social Work. March 18, 2016.
  27. ^ "Jane Waldfogel - The Columbia School of Social Work". The Columbia School of Social Work.
  28. ^ "Dr. Jane Waldfogel CV" (PDF).
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  30. ^ "Leadership - The Columbia School of Social Work". The Columbia School of Social Work.
  31. ^ Barker, Robert L. (2003-06-01). The Social Work Dictionary, 5th Edition (5th ed.). Washington, DC: NASW Press. ISBN 9780871013552.
  32. ^ Barker, Robert L. (1968). Differential use of social work manpower;: An analysis and demonstration-study. National Association of Social Workers. ASIN B0006BVVYM.
  33. ^ "Mary Cannon, 78, a Social Worker" New York Times (March 18, 1962): 86. via ProQuest
  34. ^ "CUSSW Mourns the Loss of Social Work Legend Helen Rehr (SW'45, DSW'70)" Columbia University School of Social Work (February 16, 2013).

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