Degrees Without Limits

Social work is one of the most rewarding, impactful, and versatile disciplines. 

With its focus on working with people in their environment, within complex systems, and often in crisis situations, social work students develop skills in areas including counseling, communication, research, policy analysis, and leadership that are pertinent and powerful in a wide range of positions and settings.

In almost any profession, you will find a social worker; there is no limit to what we can do.


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Kelsey Louie
MSW ’01
Chief Executive Officer, The Door and Broome Street Academy

Follow Your Own Path

Many NYU Silver graduates go on to traditional social work careers, providing direct, clinical services in settings including schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, treatment facilities, community courts, nursing homes, and in a vast array of social services agencies and not for profit organizations serving marginalized and vulnerable populations. Others pursue macro practice at the organizational and systems level, in areas including program development and management, policy analysis, research, program evaluation, and executive leadership. Some take the skills they have developed through their social work training and become lawyers, doctors, financial advisors, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and even elected officials.

Katherine Compitus
Animal Assisted Therapist

MSW ’09/DSW ’20
Clinician and Chair, Surrey Hills Sanctuary

Christopher Longo, US Rep Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and NYC Census Director Julie Menon hold sign reading "Get Counted NYC"
Community Engagement Specialist

MSW ’19
Aide to Amit Bagga, the Deputy Director of NYC Census 2020

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Behavioral Health Provider

MSW ’18
Collaborative Care Social Worker, Lincoln Hospital


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Elected Official

BS ’98, MSW ’99
New York State Assemblymember

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Palliative Care Social Worker

MSW ’13
Principal Medical Social Worker, Singapore General Hospital

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Nonprofit Executive

MSW ’05
CEO, Womankind

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Mental Health Entrepreneur

MSW ’17
Founder and CEO, MyWellbeing

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University Administrator

MSW ’14
Senior Program Administrator, NYU Center for Faculty Advancement

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Global Foundation Director

BS ’09
Executive Director, Mainsprings

Silver has prepared me for a multidimensional career by making me increasingly aware of the social, economic, and political disparities that plague our country and teaching me to consider every single contributing factor when searching for the ideal ways to help people overcome them.

Brianna Moreno, BS ’20

Educating Future Social Workers