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Social Work at New York University

If you plan to study social work, take a look at what New York University has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

NYU is located in New York, New York and has a total student population of 52,775. Of the 6,752 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from New York University in 2021, 36 of them were social work majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Social Work section at the bottom of this page.

NYU Social Work Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work
  • Doctorate Degree in Social Work

Online Classes Are Available at NYU

If you are a working student or have a busy schedule, you may want to consider taking online classes. While these classes used to be mostly populated by returning adults, more and more traditional students are turning to this option.

For those who are interested in distance learning, NYU does offer online courses in social work for the following degree levels:

  • Master’s Degree

NYU Social Work Rankings

The social work major at NYU is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Social Work. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

In 2021, 501 students received their master’s degree in social work from NYU. This makes it the #8 most popular school for social work master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 18 students who received their doctoral degrees in social work, making the school the #5 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Social Work Student Demographics at NYU

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the social work majors at New York University.

NYU Social Work Bachelor’s Program

81% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 19% of social work bachelor's degrees went to men and 81% went to women. The typical social work bachelor's degree program is made up of only 12% men. So male students are more repesented at NYU since its program graduates 7% more men than average.


Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 19% more racial-ethnic minorities in its social work bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from New York University with a bachelor's in social work.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 5
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 10
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

NYU Social Work Master’s Program

87% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 501 students graduated with a master's degree in social work from NYU. About 13% were men and 87% were women.


Of the students who received a social work master's degree from NYU, 51% were white. This is typical for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from New York University with a master's in social work.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 37
Black or African American 49
Hispanic or Latino 88
White 256
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 44

NYU also has a doctoral program available in social work. In 2021, 18 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Social Work Grads May Go Into

A degree in social work can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for NY, the home state for New York University.

Occupation Jobs in NY Average Salary in NY
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 28,530 $58,050
Healthcare Social Workers 13,290 $62,280
Social and Community Service Managers 13,110 $86,700
Substance Abuse Social Workers 11,470 $62,130
Social Workers 5,790 $67,120


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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