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Program Goals, Benchmarks, Core Competencies

The mission of Rutgers University, and more specifically, the School of Social Work is reflected in the MSW Program’s goals and objectives. The goals and objectives of the MSW program demonstrate how the mission is carried out through the creating and dissemination of advanced, in-depth and specialized knowledge needed for effective social justice promotion and enhancing the well-being and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities.

In 2016, the School of Social Work adopted three new school-wide learning goals:  

Upon graduation, all students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior;
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice;
  • Engage, Assess, and Intervene With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.

Overall, the commitment in our mission to individual well-being and social and economic justice is exemplified in goals and objectives of both the MSW and the BASW programs which highlight the importance of professional identity, understanding diversity, critical thinking, concern with social justice, research-informed practice, human development and behavior in the social environment, policy practice, changing environmental contexts, professional values and ethics, and engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation of practice.  These goals and objectives are aligned with the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set forth by the Council on Social Work and Education (CSWE).  These competencies differ by the Generalist and Specialist (CSW and MAP) years and are available in the PDF's below:

2015 Generalist (BASW and MSW) Competencies

2015 Clinical Social Work (CSW) Competencies

2015 Management and Policy (MAP) Competencies

Academic Programs to Meet Your Needs

We are one of the largest schools in the country devoted to education and research on social welfare. With classes on three campuses – CamdenNewark, and New Brunswick – as well as online and off-campus sites, our programs meet the needs of students and working professionals in New Jersey and across the country. 

Whether you are interested in our academic programs or one of our more than 200 continuing education and professional development courses, we invite you to explore the range of opportunities at our school. We offer a BSW, four MSW programs, Dual Degrees, a PhD and a DSW

We are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, with more than 1,500 students enrolled in degree programs and invite you to join us in Partnering for Change

Competency Benchmarks

Combined MSW Benchmarks 2014-15

Combined MSW Benchmarks 2015-16

Combined MSW Benchmarks 2016-17

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