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MSW Certificate for LISTA

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Recently Puerto Rico was hit by natural disaster Hurricane Fiona. Unfortunately, Puerto Rican communities are still working to recover from Hurricane María, the multiple earthquakes that shook the southwest part of the island in 2020, and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Fiona has devastated most of the central and southwest of Puerto Rico and aggravated problems in an already weakened electrical grid system. This has worsened conditions for residents, many of whom have yet to rebuild from prior natural disasters. Some communities still have no power or access to primary health care. Many individuals and families rely entirely on the support of local nonprofit organizations. Below is a link for donations to local organizations in Puerto Rico. Your support can make a difference.  

LISTA: Latina/o/x Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment

Rutgers’ Master of Social Work (MSW) Certificate Program in Latina/o/x Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment (LISTA) was designed to give future practitioners the ability to provide culturally informed and responsive services to Latina/o/x populations.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 estimates, approximately 20.9% of New Jersey’s population and 28.9% of New York City’s population are Latina/o/x. As these communities grow, knowledgeable social workers who specialize in serving them will see career opportunities across a variety of sectors such as healthcare, schools, family services, local government, and more.

Earning a LISTA certificate alongside your MSW degree ensures you can practice evidence-based, culturally responsive strategies that benefit the lives of Latina/o/x  populations in the greater NYC area and beyond.

LISTA Social Work Certificate Program Information

The MSW Certificate in LISTA aims to meet the need for social work practitioners trained in issues and contexts specific to Latina/o/x populations. You’ll learn to adapt evidence-based interventions and assessments for social work practice with Latina/os. In addition, you will learn about new models of culturally informed practices with Latina/os. The LISTA Certificate program builds these skills through real-world experience:

  • LISTA requires four courses to provide education on effective, culturally responsive social work practice:
    • Latinos: Culture, Community, and Social Welfare
    • Social Work Practice with Latinos
    • Advanced Clinical Practice: Behavioral Health with Latinos (required for students with a clinical specialization)
    • You may choose from an approved list of electives as your final course (or final 2 courses if a student with a MAP specialization).
  • Internships in Latina/o/x serving agencies
  • Experiential learning through opportunities to study abroad in Latin American countries
  • Access to a community of alumni professionals for mentoring relationships through the LISTA Links mentoring initiative


This program in Latina/o/x social work practice can be pursued by students:

Whether you earn your MSW online or in person, the LISTA Certificate extends your social work training and enables you to gain practical experience in providing service to Latina/o/x communities.

To Apply

The application to the LISTA Certificate will be open October 1-November 20.  The link to the application:

MSW Certificate Program Curriculum

The Latina/o/x social work certificate program consists of four courses in addition to your MSW requirements. Depending on your MAP or CSW specialization track, you’ll take courses that build skills relevant to your future career.

Review complete requirements and curriculum for LISTA, including course descriptions and a model of how they fit into two-year and four-year MSW formats.

Social Work Internship Serving Latina/o/x Communities

If you earn a LISTA social work certificate alongside your Master of Social Work, you’ll spend your field placement in an internship working for an approved agency that serves Latina/o/x populations.

Through your LISTA-specialized field education, you’ll gain hands-on experience developing your ability to engage with Latina/o/x individuals, families, and groups. You’ll also put into practice social work interventions or initiatives that aid the Latina/o/x community, interpreting the impact of sociopolitical and cultural factors while acknowledging clients and communities as experts of their own lived experiences.

Find more information about the MSW field education component.

LISTA Social Work Certificate Scholarships

In addition to paid assistantships and financial aid offerings through the School of Social Work, students in the LISTA Certificate program can compete for various annual scholarships and stipends.

Explore LISTA program scholarships and further funding opportunities.

Learn More About LISTA at Rutgers

LISTA Events

Rutgers’ Latina/o/x social work certificate program hosts informative panels, webinars, and events exploring current issues and new knowledge affecting the profession and the population.

See LISTA Events

Meet the LISTA Advisory Board

Advisory Board members ensure the LISTA curriculum continues to address the needs of the Latina/o/x community.

Meet the Board

MSW Mentorship Program: LISTA Links

Develop and expand your professional skills under the mentorship of a Latina/o/x Rutgers Social Work alum.

Learn about LISTA Links

Hear from LISTA Alumni

In this video, Francesca Baroni shares her experience as a LISTA student and how it prepared her for her career.

Watch Now

Apply to the LISTA MSW Certificate

Rutgers’ LISTA Certificate program advances and demonstrates to future employers your effectiveness and breadth of experience working with Latina/o/x populations as a social work practitioner. Review MSW application requirements to get started.

  • Apply to Rutgers’ LISTA Certificate Program as an Advanced Standing MSW candidate from February 15-April 15.  Access the LISTA application.
  • The application period varies for prospective students interested in earning an online MSW with a LISTA certificate. When you apply to the Blended or 100% Online MSW, indicate your interest in LISTA, and the program director will provide application information separately.
  • For current Traditional MSW or Blended MSW program students entering advanced field the following year, the application period begins in the fall.

Seeking Agencies for MSW Field Placement

Rutgers School of Social Work is seeking agencies that would like to provide field placements and stipends for MSW students, many bilingual, who have special training in working with Latina/o/x and Spanish-speaking populations.

If you would like to provide a sponsored MSW field placement for a LISTA student, please contact Elsa Candelario at

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Curriculum & Syllabi

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LISTA Events

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LISTA Community Advisory Board

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Mentorship Program
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