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Rutgers School of Social Work provides an extraordinary combination of nationally recognized faculty and outstanding practicum learning opportunities. Founded in 1766 and located in the heart of the New Jersey-New York-Pennsylvania region, Rutgers University has always offered students a top-notch, affordable education. As a part of Rutgers since 1954, the School of Social Work carries on that tradition, turning passionate, committed students into leaders who serve society in policy, academic, clinical, and corporate settings.

About Rutgers School of Social Work

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge through social work research, education, and training that promotes social and economic justice and strengthens individual, family, and community well-being in this diverse and increasingly global environment of New Jersey and beyond.

Our Faculty

Our faculty members are a dynamic community of over 200 leaders--tenured professors advancing the field of social work through original, published research, and professors of teaching and professional practice and part time lecturers actively working in local communities and bringing those experiences into the classroom. Our Ph.D. faculty are ranked 3rd nationally in research productivity, including publications, citations and awards, by Academic Analytics.  Our dedicated staff members work on cutting edge research, training, student support, continuing education, alumni support and many other invaluable areas. 

Our Students

Our student body is ethnically and economically diverse. Most of our students are recent college graduates, while others are looking to change careers or enhance their social work education. They are united by their pursuit of a rigorous academic experience and their commitment to social change.

Our Programs

We believe that students who are qualified for and passionate about a career in social work should have the ability to pursue one. That is why we provide our students with as much flexibility as possible by offering affordable BA, MSW, DSW, Ph.D. and continuing education programs at each of Rutgers' three campuses (Newark, New Brunswick and Camden). In addition to a full-time degree program, we offer evening and weekend options. Our programs aim to inspire and motivate students to pursue leadership roles in a variety of settings. All degree programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Board of Accreditation (BOA).

Our Partnerships

To ensure that we have the greatest possible community impact, we maintain a host of partnerships with public agencies, local non-profit organizations, foundations and socially active corporations.

Our Impact

As one of the largest schools of social work in the country, our reach is vast. We train a cadre of nearly 1,600 professional social workers annually. Our graduates go on to work in government, the nonprofit sector and the corporate world, doing everything from counseling victims of abuse to leading human resources departments at private corporations. In addition to maintaining an extensive alumni network around the country, we leverage our many community partnerships to create change locally.

Black male in a white sweater sitting outside reading a paperback book
Black male in a white sweater sitting outside reading a paperback book

Our Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (Ph.D.) Admissions

Visit Us

Rutgers University School of Social Work is always interested in meeting with individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of others.

Whether you are considering a career in social work or are already working as a social worker and seeking an advanced degree, we invite you to attend one of our MSW open houses or information sessions. Open houses provide interested applicants the opportunity to meet faculty, practicum learning staff, and admission officers of the School. Our information sessions provide a smaller group setting to learn in-depth information about the MSW program of your choice and how to apply.

MSW open houses and information sessions are held virtually and on the Rutgers University campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick. Flexible programs of study are offered on all three of our campuses, off site locations in New Jersey, and virtually. Explore all of the opportunities to visit with us and register for a convenient date. View campus maps and driving directions and request more information about our programs.

When you choose Rutgers, you will find:

  • Excellence in a research-based education
  • A distinguished faculty
  • Opportunities for practicum learning in over 300 affiliated agencies
  • Access to the vast resources of one of America’s leading research universities

Contact Us

School of Social Work
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
120 Albany Street, Tower One, Third Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
848-932-7520, press 2