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Management and Policy Specialization

Why MAP?

The Management and Policy specialization is designed to build and enhance knowledge, skills, and competencies of current and future leaders of nonprofit and public service organizations and to assist them in strategically managing the many challenges presented in today's human services environment. Students can expect to gain valuable skills and knowledge about planning, organizing, supervision, and policy functions to prepare them to work within organizations, communities and in the larger society.

Alumni of the Rutgers School of Social Work who chose the Management and Policy concentration have found positions in government, state and federal departments, independent nonprofit agencies, healthcare institutions including hospitals and clinics, educational settings, and corporations/businesses. Students in this concentration are prepared for a wide variety of professional opportunities.


Students concentrating in Management and Policy must complete the following practice courses:

  • Management Practice and Theory
  • Program and Strategic Planning

At the same time, students will be working in a field education placement which has a specific focus on nonprofit or public management. Students choose from the following advanced practice distribution requirements:

  • Financial Management
  • Supervision and Consultation
  • Fundraising and Marketing
  • Human Resource Management

In addition, students can fulfill their three general elective requirements by choosing from a wide variety of social work courses and/or opting to enroll in a course offered by other graduate programs at Rutgers including:

  • School of Planning and Public Policy (New Brunswick)
  • School of Management and Labor Relations (New Brunswick)
  • School of Management and Labor Relations (New Brunswick)
  • School of Public Policy and Administration (Camden)
  • School of Public Affairs and Administration (Newark)
  • Division of Global  Affairs (Newark)

Learn more about the MAP core competencies here. 

Partnership with The Network for Social Work Management

Rutgers School of Social Work is affiliated with The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), which is an international organization focused on advancing social work management and leadership. Students enrolled in the SSW's MAP specialization are automatically eligible for the NSWM's Human Services Management Certificate



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