Traditional On-Campus Programs
On-Campus Master of Social Work Program
The traditional, on-campus Master of Social Work (MSW) is ideal for many students. With a critical field education 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.
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 field education component and courses in your concentration and area of emphasis, the on-campus Master of Social Work program requires 60 credits.
Field Education Component
Rutgers’ Master of Social Work programs provide robust field education opportunities. Students are placed with one of approximately 1,000 field agencies throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond.
Supervised by experienced field instructors, students in the MSW field practicums work alongside professional social workers to acquire core competencies and bolster their resume on the path to licensure, professional development, or further education.
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 concentrations:
Areas of Emphasis
Choosing an area of emphasis for your degree allows you to focus on acquiring marketable skills in a topic, population, or specialization that you wish to study further. You’ll work towards your area of emphasis in courses and field placement experiences that you plan yourself. Options for the areas include:
- Social Policy
- International Social Work
- Children, Youth, and Families
- Mental and Behavioral Health
- Health Area of Emphasis
We offer several certificate programs for you to pursue alongside your MSW. Each program is uniquely designed to prepare students for certification and in some cases, licensure, in key areas of the practice. You’ll gain the essential knowledge in your specialty and distinguish yourself in the job market, often through a combination of additional coursework and in your field placement.
- Aging and Health Certificate Program
- Violence Against Women and Children Certificate Program
- Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate Program
- Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-Being Certificate Program
- Latina/o/x Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment (LISTA) Certificate Program
Learn from dynamic instructors who are chosen for their expertise and real-world experience in clinical social work, research, and community initiatives. Explore our social work certificate programs.
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.
Other MSW Program Formats
While the traditional, on-campus program is the most popular, our flexible and affordable MSW degree program can be completed in several formats:
- Fully Online Program—All coursework is completed online alongside a field education component beginning in the first semester
- Blended Online Program—Asynchronous learning combined with in-person courses and field education in the third year
- Intensive Weekend Program—Meet once a month and complete online assignments concurrently with a manageable field education schedule
Whatever your lifestyle, our MSW is designed to fit your schedule. It’s the same degree with the same access to our dynamic faculty, large selection of courses, and diverse student body.
Master of Social Work Tuition and Fees
Along with merit-based scholarships, Rutgers School of Social Work offers paid research assistantships and need-based scholarships to MSW students.
Learn More About Rutgers’ On-Campus MSW
Rutgers’ top-ranked Master of Social Work program is designed to honor inclusion, equity, and advancement in the pursuit of social justice and service to society in policy, academic, clinical and corporate settings.
To get ready to apply, review admissions requirements and application information.