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School of Social Work
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree with Social Work Major
Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.)
Graduate Admission
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Competencies
Generalist Curriculum
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Two-Year M.S.W. Program Sequence
Four-Year M.S.W. Program Sequence
Intensive Weekend M.S.W. Program
100% Online M.S.W. Program
Blended M.S.W. Program
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Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate Program
M.S.W. Certificate in Aging and Health
M.S.W. Certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-Being
Violence Against Women and Children Certificate Program
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Doctorate in Social Work (D.S.W.)
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  School of Social Work 2019-2021 Degree Programs Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.)  

Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.)

As the school's largest program, the master of social work (M.S.W.) prepares students for professional roles in the full array of major human services. The M.S.W. prepares students for advanced social work practice. This includes preparing people to assume administrative leadership roles in the state's social welfare departments and agencies at all levels of government, as well as in the voluntary sector. It also includes preparing skilled direct-service providers to function in both public and private sectors of social welfare. This is accomplished in a program that maximizes individualization of learning and student choice.

The M.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The school's curriculum is designed to address the wide range of knowledge, values, tasks, and skills required to prepare competent and effective social work professionals. The school emphasizes the preparation of social workers who are committed to practice with the poor, vulnerable populations, and the oppressed and who work to alleviate poverty, oppression, and discrimination.

The School of Social Work offers a full range of programs leading to the M.S.W. degree. The M.S.W. curriculum is divided into two levels: the generalist curriculum and the specialized curriculum. The first level requires30 credits and the second level requires 30 credits, to complete a total of 60 credits for graduation. The generalist curriculum must be completed successfully before entry into the specialized curriculum.

Traditional M.S.W. Program

The traditional/on-campus M.S.W. program is available on an either a two-, three-, or four-year basis and is offered at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark, and Rutgers University-Camden. Both specializations (clinical social work and management and policy) are offered in the traditional on-campus program as well as the full array of certificates. Hybrid, weekend, and online formats may be available on a limited basis in the traditional program.

The School of Social Work also offers Intensive Weekend, 100% Online, and a Blended M.S.W. programs.

Intensive Weekend M.S.W. Program

The intensive weekend M.S.W. program in clinical social work is designed to enable students in the helping professions to pursue their M.S.W. while continuing to work full time. Students employed in behavioral health, child welfare, or other human services can expect to complete their M.S.W. education in three years. If they have a B.S.W., they can complete an M.S.W. in two years.

Classes are held at Rutgers' off-campus locations throughout New Jersey.

All courses are commensurate with the School of Social Work M.S.W. curriculum, assignments, reading, learning objectives, and expected competencies, just delivered in a hybrid and concentrated format.

Field requirements are generally fulfilled at the student's place of employment, in a capacity or department that differs from their customary work assignment.

100% Online Program

Our 100% online M.S.W. program in clinical social work is designed for self-directed students who seek the flexibility and convenience of online learning. The program offers a robust online learning community with close interactions between students and faculty.

Students in this program complete their M.S.W. in three years and classes are held in an asynchronous format, which means that there is not a fixed meeting time. Courses have regularly scheduled assignments and due dates, just like in a traditional classroom, and students and faculty interact via threaded discussions and other web-based technologies. Third-year students will have the option of taking their advanced clinical courses in either an asynchronous or synchronous format.

Blended Online Program

The blended online program offers students the flexibility and convenience of online learning combined with a traditional in person classroom setting for advanced coursework.

Students in this program complete their M.S.W. in three years. In the first two years, classes are offered solely online in an asynchronous format, which means they are not typically held during a fixed meeting time. However, students have regularly scheduled assignments and due dates. In the third year, students take a combination of on-the-ground advanced courses and online classes in other curriculum areas.

Students may take their on-the-ground classes at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark, and Rutgers University-Camden. Field placement begins in the summer of the first year. Students choose to specialize in either clinical social work or management and policy in their third year. The three-year program structure provides students with significant flexibility and an extended time frame to complete their M.S.W., while still offering the benefits of a live classroom to acquire advanced practice skills and competencies.

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