Intensive Weekend MSW Program

To be eligible for admission to the Intensive Weekend Program, applicants must have at least one year of experience in the human services or related field and must currently work full time in a human services capacity, in addition to meeting the School of Social Work's admission requirements.


The Intensive Weekend MSW Program has locations in Southern, Central, and Northern New Jersey.

Classes are held in Mays Landing, Bordentown, Parsippany, and Jersey City.

  3-year program and Advanced Standing (applicants with a BSW) admissions available


Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a complete application in advance of the priority deadlines below:

  • Advanced Standing admission:  February 1

  • General admission:  March 1

*A complete application will include your graduate application, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a current supervisor), resume and Confidential Disclosure document.

Strong applicants will be offered admission to the School of Social Work, conditional upon the approval and confirmation of a Field Placement.  The Intensive Weekend department coordinators will contact you shortly after admission to submit your field plan online and to schedule your field planning conference.  Field plans are due no later than the dates below:

  • March 31 for Advanced Standing and

  • April 30 for General IW admissions.

**Field placement must be approved and confirmed no later than August 15.  Failure to meet the field plan deadlines may affect your admission to the School.

Rutgers School of Social Work’s Intensive Weekend MSW program is designed to enable students employed in the social service and other human service related fields to pursue their MSW while continuing to work full-time. Students can expect to complete their MSW education in 3 years. Students who possess an undergraduate degree in social work from an accredited baccalaureate program in social work can be considered for advanced standing admission and complete their degree in approximately 2 years.  Both advanced standing and 3-year students begin  the program in the fall.

The Intensive Weekend program offers a course of study that is year round and manageable for working students, with a course and field schedule that integrates well with busy professional and personal lives.  Students take classes with a cohort of students and develop a network of support and professional relationships that follows them into their future careers.  The opportunity to share professional experiences and process how what they learn in the classroom might apply in their particular field of practice is an essential part of the experience. 


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