Online Master of Social Work (MSW)

Serve and empower underserved communities while advancing your career in social work.

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Answer Your Call to Make a Difference Through Social Work

Turn your passion for helping others into a rewarding career with an online Master of Social Work (MSW) from one of the top-ranked graduate schools in the field. Via online coursework and field education experience, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the many ways social work can promote social justice, empower marginalized individuals and groups, and serve and strengthen underserved communities.

Courses in this flexible, online program are asynchronous, allowing you to complete coursework around your schedule. No GRE is required for admission.


In the nation, Social Work

U.S. News & World Report: Top 50, Best Graduate Schools

Council on Social Work Education

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

What You’ll Learn

In the online Master of Social Work program, you’ll complete a clinical specialization gaining comprehensive instruction in assessment, intervention, and evaluation to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and groups. You’ll gain valuable first-hand insight and experience through two required field education placements, totaling 1,125 hours of field work. You may also tailor your curriculum to your career goals with global study options and embedded certificates.

Typically, the program is completed in three years, however, if you’ve earned a baccalaureate degree in social work from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), you may enter the advanced standing program. The advanced standing program is completed in four semesters and includes 885 hours of field work.

Certificate Options

Focus your education on a particular area of social work by earning an embedded MSW certificate. Our unique certificate programs consist of specialized courses that complement a related field placement. No additional MSW coursework is required to earn a certificate. Scholarships and stipend opportunities are available for students interested in working in the field after graduation.

Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Certificate – Specialize your advanced studies on issues of violence against women and children to prepare to enter the field upon graduation.

Latina/o Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment (LISTA) Certificate – Develop specialized cultural understanding and knowledge to serve Hispanic populations more effectively.

Career Opportunities

Completing the Rutgers Online Master of Social Work prepares students for the licensed profession of social work. Your advanced degree can lead to new career opportunities in clinical settings, child welfare, education, hospitals, mental health, and much more. You can also use your experience to pursue a career in social work policy and management, or continue your education at the doctorate level.

Flexible to Fit Your Schedule

The online Master of Social Work program is designed for maximum flexibility and convenience. The 100% online format allows you to plan coursework around your schedule, from anywhere.

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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Washington Monthly

Top 75

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