Community Organizing, Planning & Development Sequence at Silberman School of Social Work

Hunter College of City University of New York
New York, NY


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Public
  • Acceptance Rate

    rate 50%
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $75
  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $7,315
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $14,852
  • Financial Aid Available

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Degrees Offered

Community Development

Our Program

Our curriculum is built on anti-racist, social justice models. It is informed by your diverse experiences as well the history of collective struggle.

The COP&D program has a 50-year history of commitment to oppressed and marginalized communities, primarily in urban areas. We emphasize models built on social justice campaigns, community building, and leadership/ empowerment programs. Built on popular education models and weaving in intersectional issues throughout our courses and seek out field work agencies with the same commitments and interests. We seek to prepare students with a clear understanding of strategy and tactics, a capacity to work in multi-racial, multi-cultural campaigns, and a flexible and adaptive approach to leadership development that emphasizes the sharing of power, co-creation, and democratic experience in all arenas of one's work and life.


  • Acceptance Rate

    rate 50%
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $75


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  • checkbox-alt Certified Academic Transcripts
  • checkbox-alt Personal Statement
  • checkbox-alt 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • checkbox-alt Applicants should have a 3.0 undergrad GPA and demonstrated activity in some form of community organizing.
  • checkbox-alt TOEFL required for all international students

Application Deadline

Rolling admissions through April 15th

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound 75 Students


  • checkbox-alt Our truly diverse student body has a number of non-binary, gender fluid, gender adaptive, and trans people as well as cis-gendered men and women.

Clubs & Associations

Students often become involved in their field work agency-based campaigns as well as continuing in their previous social justice campaigns. At the School students become involved in their Fields of Practice (FOPs) students associations such as in mental health, education, global; others become involved in student representative alliances.

What Our Students Say

  • “My time in the Silberman Community Organizing sequence was revelatory. Every piece of my skill set was honored. The professors truly cared about the development of my total person and also cared deeply about developing social justice leaders.” Pauline Pisano, 2020, Cultural Arts Organizer, NYC Coordinator for Cultural Affairs, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

    Pauline Pisano, MSW ‘20
  • “ The COP&D program emphasizes the macro lens with a real focus on social justice ethics and strategic principles. Come to Silberman and learn how much you can do as an organizer in social work!” 

    Joseph Dibenedetto, MSW, LMSW ‘18
  • “I was so touched by how the in-depth and personal feedback were in my development as an organizer. Now that I am teaching, I can appreciate the time and effort even more than before. May we all keep fighting the good fight!” Aileen Patrice Moore, 2007. Assistant Professor at The College of Saint Scholastica, former Program Director, Catholic Charities Community Services

    Aileen Patrice Moore, MSW, LCSW ‘07

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $7,315
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $14,852

Additional Information

  • checkbox-alt Work-study Programs Available
  • checkbox-alt Financial Aid Available
  • checkbox-alt Application Fee Waivers Available
  • checkbox-alt Our School works with students on financing their education through loans, grants and other options when possible.