Statistics Requirement Information

One of the degree requirements for the Master’s of Science in Social Work program at Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW) is proficiency in statistics and quantitative methods.

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    How to Fulfill CSSW's Statistics Requirement

    There are two possible ways to fulfill the School's statistics requirement. Click on the headers below to determine which will work best for you.

  • 1) Take our online waiver exam

    We are offering an online Statistics Waiver Exam during Introduction to CSSW sessions in June and July, as well as during Fall Orientation Week (dates TBD)

    The waiver exam is closed-book and timed (2 hours maximum). It is a multiple choice test. You are allowed access to Canvas, the online portal through which you’ll take the exam. You may also use a calculator (cell phone calculators are not allowed) and scratch paper.

    To assist you with preparing for the waiver exam, the book used in the course is Making sense of statistics: a conceptual overview by Fred Pyrczak.

  • 2) Successfully complete our Introduction to Statistics course

    Students entering in the Fall 2016 term or later will be required to take an Introduction to Statistics course as part of their degree program at the School of Social Work. This 0-credit, five-week-long statistics course will be graded on a pass/fail scale. The course will offered in both the residential (classroom) and online platforms. Students who fail the statistics course during their first term will have another chance to complete the course in the following semester. However, students who fail to complete the statistics course with a passing grade on their second attempt will be required to take a leave of absence from CSSW.