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College of Social Work

Korean residents have the opportunity to earn their Master of Social Work degree in their home country.

Korea-Based Program

The College of Social Work offers its MSW part-time program in Seoul, South Korea. 

Program Overview

Our Korea-Based MSW program is the same curriculum offered at the Columbia campus. Lectures are simultaneously translated in Korean, and students complete the required 60 credits in two-and-a-half years. Korea-Based MSW cohorts begin once every three years. 


College of Social Work faculty teach courses during the summer, fall and spring semesters, and courses are taught during evenings and weekends to accommodate the needs of working students. An interpreter helps ensure the correct meaning, cultural relevance and appropriate application of the course content. Field instruction is offered through the college’s block placement format.

  • SOWK 712 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SOWK 714 - Diversity and Social Justice Issues for Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 716 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SOWK 722 - Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Small Groups
  • SOWK 732 - Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities
  • SOWK 742 - Social Welfare Policy Analysis
  • SOWK 777 - Advanced Theory for Social Work Practice*
  • SOWK 781 - Field Instruction I: Generalist Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 782 - Field Instruction II: Generalist Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 791 - Social Work Research Methodologies

*While SOWK 777 is considered to be an Advanced Year course, it is offered during the Foundation Year.

  • SOWK 718 - Systems Analysis of Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 778 - Advanced Analysis of Social Policy, Programs, and Services 
  • SOWK 779 - Advanced Social Work Interventions
  • SOWK 783 - Field Instruction III: Advanced Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 784 - Field Instruction IV: Advanced Social Work Practice 
  • SOWK 792 - Evaluation of Social Work Practice 
  • 12 hours of electives (of which at least three credits must be face-to-face practice elective hours)



Applicants to the Korea-based program must meet the same standards as those applying for the MSW program, except for the TOEFL requirement.



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