Special Program Students

The majority of students at Columbia University School of School of Social Work  are enrolled in our full-time Two-Year Program, which begins in the Fall semester. But we also offer alternatives for students who, because of their backgrounds or current life circumstances, are interested in streamlining or slowing down the typical program. In addition, we offer a unique program for international students.

Please click on the links below or at right for lists of questions frequently asked by students who are enrolled in our various special programs:

  • Dual Degree Program: For students who are making interdisciplinary connections and increasing knowledge in a particular field.
  • 16-Month Program: For students who are on an accelerated path, starting in the spring term and continuing through the summer, and the subsequent fall and spring terms.
  • Advanced Standing: For students with a BSW in social work, who are able to complete their M.S. degree in one academic year.
  • Extended: For students in need of taking a reduced courseload in the first year of their M.S. degree.
  • Reduced Residency: For students who remain employed by their human service organizations during the first two years of their M.S. degree.
  • International: For our international  M.S. degree students with special emphasis on both English-language training and immersion in the American social work system. The M.S. degree is completed over five semesters.
  • Online Campus: For students who are doing their coursework via synchronous online classes. NOTE: A variety of hybrid options are available if you are interested in taking advantage of both Online and residential campuses. For more information, go to Online Student Guide (PDF: 15 pages).