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MSW Certificate in Aging and Health

The Rutgers School of Social Work is committed to helping to grow a "bigger and better" workforce for our rapidly aging population. One primary way that the School strives toward this goal is through its MSW Certificate in Aging and Health Program. The MSW Certificate in Aging and Health provides a supportive, educational environment where students can specifically explore the ways that aging, health, policy and social identity intersect at the graduate level.

Why a Certificate in Aging and Health?

This certificate provides students with:

  • Access to a cohesive community made of peers, professionals and faculty to network and learn with
  • Close mentorship from faculty with clinical expertise in the field of aging
  • Opportunity to receive more in-depth education about the aging experience, clinical theories, evidence-best practices for this population and their communities
  • An enhanced field experience that includes a specific focus on aging and health
  • Specialization in a discipline of social work that is exponentially growing and in need of more professionals


The Certificate program was originally launched as the “MSW Certificate in Aging” in 2006 with a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation. With the continued evolution of the field of aging and based on feedback from various stakeholders, the MSW Certificate in Aging program was reworked and renamed the MSW Certificate in Aging and Health in 2015. 

To Apply

The spring application period runs from February 10 to April 15. This application period is reserved for Advanced Standing students beginning the Traditional MSW program in May. The link to apply is  Decisions will be made by April 25. Late applications will not be accepted.


Read the latest Aging & Health Certificate news and updates in the Spring 2021 newsletter

Aging & Health Certificate student Halle Sentman shares her experience proposing a bill to support caregivers at her field placement at NJ's District 11 office.

Lauren Snedeker, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Coordinator for the Aging and Health Certificate Program, shares thoughts and resources in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month.

View a recording of the recent presentation The Impact of COVID-19 on Aging Populations: Stories from Social Workers on the Frontlines.

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Eligibility & Requirements

for MSW Certificate in Aging and Health
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Field Placements

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