Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Social Work
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About the School
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree with Social Work Major
Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.)
Graduate Admission
Professional Qualifications
Policy Statement on Standards of Professional and Ethical Conduct
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Competencies
Generalist Curriculum
Specialized Curriculum
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
Dual-Degree Options
Field Instruction
Area of Emphasis
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.)
Continuing Education and Professional Development
Professional Credit Courses (Nonmatriculated)
Financial Aid
Student Associations
Academic Policies and Procedures
Course Listings
Administration and Faculty
Field Agencies
Divisions of the University
Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  School of Social Work 2019-2021 Degree Programs Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.) Graduate Admission Professional Qualifications  

Professional Qualifications

In addition to meeting minimum academic requirements, applicants are evaluated for personal qualifications and suitability for professional social work education.

Consideration is given to such areas as:

  • motivation toward, knowledge of, interest in, and preparation for social work education;
  • openness to new approaches and ideas;
  • capacity for introspection;
  • ability to analyze social problems;
  • ability to deal with individual and cultural differences;
  • identification with social work values; and
  • commitment to practice that includes services to the poor and oppressed and to the alleviation of poverty, oppression, and discrimination.

Professional readiness is assessed by careful review of the entire application, with special attention given to the personal statement and letters of recommendation.

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