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Traditional On-Campus MSW Program

The traditional, on-campus Master of Social Work (MSW) is ideal for many students. With a critical practicum experience and the ability to focus your degree in areas you care about, this program option prepares you to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of society without missing out on Rutgers’ in-person campus culture.

Rutgers’ traditional, on-campus MSW gives students the flexibility to choose from a schedule of daytime classes and a full complement of evening classes, and is offered at all three Rutgers locations: New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark. Additionally, a selection of online and synchronous remote courses are available for students choosing the on-campus option.

Rutgers direct practice immersion series is one example of how our students are uniquely prepared for social-justice oriented practice with individuals, groups, and organizations. Learn more about how the series of research-informed curriculum supports students on a path to clinical social work and management and policy develop their professional identity and critical interpersonal communication skills.

MSW Program Information

If you are a full-time student, you can complete the on-campus program within two years. If you study part time, you can complete the program in three or four years.

Including the invaluable practicum component and courses in your specialization and area of  emphasis, the on-campus Master of Social Work program requires 60 credits.

Learn more about MSW requirements, including course lists and review the traditional on-campus MSW program curriculum (2 year and 4 year options).

Practicum Component

Rutgers’ Master of Social Work programs provide robust practicum opportunities. Students are placed with one of approximately 1,000 practicum agencies throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond.

Supervised by experienced practicum instructors, students in the MSW practicums work alongside professional social workers to acquire core competencies and bolster their resume on the path to licensure, professional development, or further education.

Learn how the practicum experience prepares you for professional social work.

Degree Specializations

Our career-oriented specializations prepare MSW students for the challenges of today’s clinical settings or human services environments. In the second half of the on-campus program, you’ll select one of the following specializations:

  • Clinical Social Work
  • Management and Policy

See requirements and details for both specializations.

Advanced Standing

If you hold a baccalaureate degree from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in the United States or Canada, you may apply for the Advanced Standing on-campus MSW program. With Advanced Standing, you can complete your MSW in just one year following successful completion of any additional courses required to fulfill the professional foundation.

Review Advanced Standing program details and see the Advanced Standing curriculum for the traditional on-campus MSW (beginning summer 2022).

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