Online Master of Social Work (MSW)

Advance your career in social work at the #12-ranked social work program in the nation. No GRE is required, and scholarships are available.

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Enhance Your Ability to Impact Others

Earning a top-ranked graduate degree in social work from Rutgers is a powerful career move that prepares you professionally and personally. You’ll learn how to effectively promote social justice, empower individuals and groups who are marginalized, and serve and strengthen underserved communities. Courses are asynchronous, allowing you to complete your degree around your schedule.

Rutgers 100% Online MSW degree—including two field placements that you can take at agencies across the country—prepares you to become an exceptional clinical social worker. New career opportunities will open up in diverse areas including child welfare, health care, mental health, and much more. As part of your degree, you can also choose a specialized certificate in Latina/o/x Initiatives for Service, Training and Assessment (LISTA) or Interpersonal Violence and Trauma.

The program is 100% online and no GRE is required for admission. Scholarships are available.


New Jersey graduate social work program

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National graduate social work program

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Customize Your MSW Degree with Social Work Specializations

Clinical Specialization

Gain comprehensive skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation for clinical social work, extending beyond traditional psychotherapy.

In this specialization, you will acquire the knowledge to help clients change behaviors or address emotional issues related to the person-environment interface, including diverse client groups such as child welfare families and individuals in hospice or the criminal justice system.

Management and Policy Specialization (MAP)

Develop leadership skills while obtaining the knowledge necessary to build, evaluate, and advocate for programs that help people on a large scale.

Faculty with extensive experience in public and private organizations teach MAP coursework, which includes electives focused on marketing and fundraising, strategic program planning, nonprofit management, and policies addressing economic, social, environmental, and racial justice.

MAP alumni have found positions in various sectors, such as government, state and federal departments, independent nonprofit agencies, healthcare institutions (including hospitals and clinics), educational settings, and corporations.

Choose Your Format & Optional Certificate


  • Part-Time: Advance your education while you work and maintain other commitments. You’ll complete your degree in three years.
  • Full-Time: As a full-time student, you’ll complete your education in two years and begin field work right away.
  • Advanced Standing (Part-Time): If you have a BSW or BASW from a CSWE-accredited school, you can finish your degree in approximately one year (four semesters.)


No additional coursework is required to earn a certificate.

  • Aging and Health Certificate: Gain specialized knowledge and skills to support older adults and individuals living with acute or chronic health conditions.
  • Interpersonal Violence and Trauma Certificate: Specialize your advanced studies on issues of Interpersonal Violence and Trauma to prepare to enter the field upon graduation.
  • Latina/o/x Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment (LISTA) Certificate: Develop specialized cultural understanding and knowledge to serve Hispanic populations more effectively.

Experience Rutgers Online

Academic Excellence

Nationally ranked research institution

Rutgers Quality. 100% Online.

Same faculty and academic rigor as on-campus programs

Flexible & Convenient for You

Flexibility to balance your education with work and family life

Affordable Tuition

Nationally competitive tuition and no online course fees


Real-world skills that translate to career success

Small Class Sizes

Interactive learning with faculty and peers

Committed to Excellence, Wherever You Are

As America’s 8th oldest institution of higher learning, Rutgers University has produced alumni who’ve made their imprint on American history for generations, improving local, regional, national, and global communities in myriad meaningful ways.

We are a nationally-recognized research institution and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education with industry recognized faculty of Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur “Genius Awards” Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, and Pulitzer Prize winners. Whether educating students on campus in New Jersey or online across the country, we are committed to excellence in education, providing a positive student experience, and producing good citizens of the world.

With every new class, we seek to evolve and continue our storied tradition of excellence and integrity.

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