Program Overview

Rutgers University offers the online Master of Social Work, a degree that prepares students for professional roles in the full array of major human services and advanced social work practice. Graduates can expect 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. This degree also includes preparing skilled direct-service providers to function in both public and private sectors of social welfare. This program maximizes individualization of learning and student choice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Council on Social Work Education


    Personal statement. Official transcripts. Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Resume. Social work experience and/or broad liberal arts background preferred but not required. Three letters of recommendation. No GRE required.

    An Advanced Standing track is available to those who hold a MSW degree.

    School Overview

    Founded about 250 years ago, only men attended Queen’s College upon its opening in 1766, and by 1825, the college assumed its “Rutgers College” title honoring Colonel Henry Rutgers, a Revolutionary War soldier. Then, in 1864, Rutgers earned congressional rights to become a land-grant college, supporting further growth and higher learning with the addition of a graduate program. Just beyond the turn of the twentieth century, women began pursuing studies at Rutgers, and by the mid 1950s, New Jersey designated the university as “public” labeling it Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From that point forward, Rutgers University was joined by other institutions, and continued forward, adding new programs and constructing new facilities.

    At Rutgers, 31 schools and colleges serve students seeking an undergraduate education, professional studies, graduate degrees, graduate medical education, and postdoctoral education. Combining the technological landscape and professional lifestyles of students, Rutgers University offers online degrees and courses through the Division of Continuing Studies at the New Brunswick campus.


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