The New Seminary

Master of Social Work

Social work is a profession dedicated to helping people obtain the help they need to improve their lives and health. Social workers are employed in a variety of setting, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human services agencies, hospitals, and private practices.




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Program Length:

2 years


This is a two tiered application process. First candidates must be accepted to the Seminary for admission as a part of the Seminary cohort of students.

The second is the traditional applications to the LIU Graduate School of Social Work.
Candidates must meet the criteria set by the university.

  • Transcripts from an accredited university (or from as many college/universities whose credits are part of the final transcipt)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation-preferably from instructors
  • For those out of school for a number of years, if employed, letters from a director or supervisor
  • For those engaged in volunteer work letters from the director of the Agency or Rabbi
  • B.A. from regionally accredited university (BTL/First talmudic degree for yeshiva graduates)
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA, but most of our students have a GPA well over 3.0
  • Liberal Arts background
  • Social Sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political Sciences (biology, physics, earth science, geology)
  • Humanities or electives in these disciplines
  • a broad interest demonstrated through course selections or community involvement or volunteer work

The student must first be accepted to the Seminary in order to be considered by the University for their Graduate Program.

Candidates must meet the criteria set by the University.

The program is usually completed in 2 years if pursued on a full time basis. 4 semesters Fall/Spring Fall/Spring with 15 credits earned in each for a total of 60 credits.

It is possible to pursue the degree on a part time basis and complete it in 3-4 years.

The sequence of the courses is crucial – so plan accordingly.

Policy/Clinical courses require concurrent practice courses.

LIU requires 1000 hours of clinical work

First and second year: 15 hours per week

In the case where the student is working within an agency that is large enough to allow the student to move to a different department-and hopefully with a different population-on designated field work days this may be possible.

The MSW program offers four concentrations:

gerontology, not-for-profit management, child and family welfare, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment which satisfies all academic requirements for CASAC credentials.

LIU discounts per credit charges by 15% for Seminary cohort students. (All other charges apply.)

A range of student loans, subsidized and unsubsidized are available. Partial scholarships may be awarded in recognition of academic excellence.

Financial aid advice is provided by the Seminary and LIU.

Apply early for maximum financial assistance.

The New Seminary entered into an affiliation with Long Island University to offer the Master of Social Work degree, with the first group of women beginning their studies in Fall 2008. The first cohort of women candidates graduated in May of 2010. The Seminary is proud of the students – with more than 90% of the students earning National Honor Society recognition.

The University is also very proud of their extraordinarily high level of success on the licensing exam. More than 500 of our students are making significant contributions to the field of social work.

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