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School of Social Work
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Degree Programs
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
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)
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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.) Area of Emphasis  

Area of Emphasis

In addition to the requirements for their specialization, students may also wish to develop an area of emphasis. Master of social work (M.S.W.) students may opt to complete an area of emphasis as they complete their course requirements. An area of emphasis focuses on a student-identified and student-driven topic, population, or specialization. An area of emphasis involves three relevant courses and a field placement. The courses may include a combination of electives, advanced distribution requirements, and an advanced social policy course. These courses also count toward general academic requirements.

Students may also opt to enroll in relevant graduate-level courses from another Rutgers University graduate/professional school. Students must seek prior approval from the School of Social Work's Office of Student Affairs for courses taken from other departments to ensure that courses will be applied toward their M.S.W. degree. An area of emphasis is optional. Areas of emphasis are not predetermined by the School of Social Work. Students are able to develop their own individual, unique area of emphasis. Specific information about the policy and procedures for the
area of emphasis will be provided at new student orientation.

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