Fordham Graduate School of Social Service

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Fordham Graduate School of Social Service (GSS)
Latin: Universitas Fordhamensis Graduatorum Schola Curae Socialis
MottoSapientia et Doctrina
(Wisdom and Learning)
TypePrivate, Independent, Catholic, Jesuit
Parent institution
Fordham University
PresidentTania Tetlow
DeanDebra McPhee
Location, ,

40°46′11″N 73°59′00″W / 40.76961°N 73.98343°W / 40.76961; -73.98343
CampusLincoln Center (Manhattan):
Urban, 8 acres (32,000 m2)
Westchester (West Harrison):
Suburban, 35 acres and Hybrid & Blended, Online
ColorsMaroon and White    

The Fordham Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) is one of the six graduate schools of Fordham University.[1] U.S. News & World Report has routinely ranked it among the top schools for social work in the United States.[2][3][4]


The Graduate School of Social Work was founded in 1916 and is typically considered one of the oldest and largest social work schools in the United States.[5]

Originally located in the Leon Lowenstein Center at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus, the School has since expanded to offer instruction across three of Fordham's campuses in the New York City area. The school expanded in 1975, 1997, and 2008.[6]

GSS expanded their program in 2014 to include a hybrid model of study allowing students the option to take courses online and at Molloy College.[6] Today, the School offers in-person, hybrid, and fully online programs.[6][7][8]

Offerings & Programs[edit]

Degree Offerings[edit]

GSS offers the following degree programs:[9]

The schools offers a M.S.W./M.P.H. joint degree in partnership with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a M.S.W./J.D. joint degree through their law school. GSS also offers a number of non-degree programs including fellowship and executive education programs.[10][11][12]

Centers & Institutes[edit]

GSS hosts a number of centers, initiatives, and institutes as part of their mission statement to promote human rights and social justice.[6][13] These programs often focus on specialized issues and research interests, they include:[13]

Notable Faculty & Endowed Chairs[edit]


The School is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is authorized to award baccalaureate and master's degrees in Social Work.[18]


  1. ^ Fordham. "Fordham online information | Academics | Colleges and Schools". Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  2. ^ "U.S. News & World Report, Best Schools for Social Work".
  3. ^ "U.S. News & World Report Ranks GSS Top-10% in the Nation". Fordham GSS. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Graduate School of Social Service #11 in U.S. News Rankings". Fordham Newsroom. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  5. ^ "GSS Celebrates 90 Years of Service to the Field". Fordham Newsroom. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  6. ^ a b c d "Graduate School of Social Service Bulletin, Mission & History" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Online Master of Social Work | Fordham". Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  8. ^ "GSS Academics | Fordham". Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  9. ^ "GSS Academics | Fordham". Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  10. ^ "Executive Education Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership | Fordham". Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  11. ^ "PIPELINE for Youth Health Fellowship Program | Fordham". Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  12. ^ "Palliative Care Fellowship | Fordham". Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  13. ^ a b "GSS Centers and Institutes | Fordham". Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  14. ^ "Anne Williams-Isom Appointed to Fordham's Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare". Fordham Newsroom. 18 June 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  15. ^ "Anne Williams-Isom Named New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services". Fordham Newsroom. 20 December 2021. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  16. ^ "Shirley Gatenio Gabel | Fordham". Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  17. ^ University, Fordham. "Janna C. Heyman | Fordham". Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  18. ^ "Accreditation Directory". CSWE. Retrieved 26 February 2023.

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