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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Masters of Social Work (MSW) program at Rutgers University School of Social Work is one of the best social work graduate programs in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Our outstanding faculty are comprised of nationally-recognized researchers who work alongside leaders in clinical social work and non-profit and public administration. Students choose a concentrations in Clinical Social Work or Management and Policy as well as numerous options for certificate programs, areas of emphases and global study. Our MSW program offers some of the most robust field education opportunities in the nation, with students place in approximately 1,000 in field agencies throughout the state of New Jersey and nation-wide in the last three years.

We offer the MSW program in multiple formats.

  • The on-campus program is offered on a full-time and part-time basis on the New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden campuses.
  • Two online versions of the MSW are available; a 100% online program and a blended program that combines on-line and traditional classrooms.
  • Our Intensive Weekend program meets the needs of human service professionals looking to pursue their MSW.

All of these programs offer an advanced standing option for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in social work from an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

MSW Mission

The mission of the Rutgers University School of Social Work MSW program is to advance  competent, ethical, evidence-based and community and critically-informed master’s level social work practice that promotes social and economic justice and strengthens individual, family, and community well-being with an understanding of diversity in local, national and global contexts.

MSW Program Goals 

  • The MSW program will prepare master’s level practitioners for ethical, evidence-based and critically-informed social work practice that promotes social justice, engages diversity and difference, and strengthens individuals, families and communities in local, national and global contexts.
  • The MSW program will design and deliver an innovative, rigorous competency-based social work curriculum rooted in a liberal arts tradition and person-in-environment framework that continuously incorporates state of the art social work knowledge, prepares practitioners to employ multiple evidence-informed prevention and intervention methods at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, and responds to emergent social problems and community, professional and labor force needs.
  • The MSW program will offer flexible program options that best serve a diverse student body and reflect and contribute to 21st century educational practices and advancements.
  • The MSW program will establish partnerships with a broad variety of social service agencies to educate and train students though field work while respecting and contributing to the agency’s mission and function.
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