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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
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Policy Statement on Standards of Professional and Ethical Conduct
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Competencies
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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
Advanced Standing
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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
Summer and Winter Sessions
Doctorate in Social Work (D.S.W.)
Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)
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Professional Credit Courses (Nonmatriculated)
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Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  School of Social Work 2019-2021 Degree Programs Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.) Graduate Admission  

Graduate Admission

Detailed application and deadline information are available on the School of Social Work website at Individuals apply online by visiting the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions website at


In order to be considered for admission, applicants to the graduate School of Social Work must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. Applicants must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 out of 4.0, and applicants who do not have this minimum GPA should address this in their personal statement. Applicants must have a broad liberal arts academic background. Social work experience is not required but is advantageous.

A complete application consists of:

  • résumé;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • personal statement;
  • official transcripts;
  • field evaluation (for advanced standing applicants only); and
  • application fee.

An introductory undergraduate course in statistics that covers descriptive and basic inferential statistical procedures is a prerequisite for the specialized curriculum of the program but it is NOT a requirement for admission. Students must meet this requirement before they move to the specialized curriculum of the program.

Admitted students are required to reserve a place in the entering class by submitting a nonrefundable deposit of $200.

To reapply within one year, a new application fee, updated personal statement, one current reference, and an updated résumé must be submitted. After a lapse of one year or more, the entire application process must be repeated.

For additional information, contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: Campus Information Services.

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