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Designated Emphasis Programs

Students in the master of social work (MSW) program must choose a concentration before they begin the advanced program, the second half of the MSW curriculum. Students must choose either Clinical Social Work or Management and Policy.

In addition to the requirements for their concentration, students may also wish to develop an area of emphasis. MSW students may opt to complete an area of emphasis as they complete their course requirements. An area of emphasis focuses on a student-identified and student-driven topic, population, or specialization. An area of emphasis involves three relevant courses and a field placement. The courses may include a combination of electives, advanced distribution requirements, and an advanced social policy course. These courses also count toward general academic requirements.

Students may also opt to enroll in relevant graduate-level courses from another Rutgers University graduate/professional school. Students must seek prior approval from the School of Social Work's Office of Student Affairs for courses taken from other departments to ensure that courses will be applied toward their MSW. degree. An area of emphasis is optional. Areas of emphasis are not predetermined by the School of Social Work. Students are able to develop their own individual, unique area of emphasis. Specific information about the policy and procedures for the area of emphasis will be provided at new student orientation.

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