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School of Social Work

Toward a More Just Future

With a presence at all Rutgers University locations in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, the School of Social Work prepares passionate, committed students to become global leaders in the field. At one of the nation’s top-ranked schools of social work, students have access to nationally recognized faculty, rigorous academic challenges, and an unbeatable real-world experience.

Research centers and institutes
Best undergraduate social work program in the nation

College Factual

Best graduate social work programs in the nation

U.S. News & World Report

Dedicated, dynamic faculty

Program Spotlight: Master of Social Work

The master of social work program is one of the top social work graduate programs in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Our outstanding faculty is comprised of nationally recognized researchers who work alongside leaders in clinical social work and nonprofit and public administration. Students choose a specialization in clinical social work or management and policy as well as numerous options for certificate programs, areas of emphasis, and global study.

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Turning a calling into a profession

Why Choose the School of Social Work?

Students choose the School of Social Work for its flexible, affordable degree offerings and continuing education programs that provide the preparation needed to work in government, the nonprofit sector, and the corporate world. The school's graduates are doing everything from counseling victims of abuse to leading human resources departments at private corporations.

Speaking to the Human Experience

“There is no other major that speaks to the entire human experience like social work. I am proud to be in a major that teaches how powerful intervention and empowerment are in any arena of life. Social work is where world changers are born!”

Elijah Greene

Elijah Green

“Best decision I ever made...”

“If it wasn’t for the clinical skills that Rutgers gave me, I wouldn’t be the clinician I am. Being a part of the Addiction Counselor Training program was the best decision I ever made, because the program prepared me for what I do today.”

Sonia Singh NCAS’12, SSW’13

Sonia Singh

Alumna Perspective

“There is no degree program other than social work that has the most amount of transferrable skills.”

Christina Serrano SSW’15

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Elijah Green
Sonia Singh
Christina Serrano

Spotlight: Social Work Certificate Programs

Rutgers’ five social work certificate programs offer MSW candidates the opportunity to focus their education on a specialized discipline. Depending on your interests and career goals, consider supplementing your Master of Social Work degree with one of the following certificates:

  • Addiction Counselor Training
  • Aging and Health
  • Promoting Child & Adolescent Well-Being
  • Latina/o/x Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment
  • Interpersonal Violence and Trauma
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