Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) - Course Overview

Duration: 2.0 yrs | Mode: Regular| Avg. Fees: 10,000 / Year

261 courses | 302 colleges

About Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) is a two-year undergraduate program which is related to the study of essential humanitarian efforts in a society. The primary focus of the course is on the marginalized and weaker sections of the society who are often suppressed and neglected.

The course imparts students knowledge and training related to the upliftment of the marginalized in areas such as education, sanitation, and their welfare. MSW program mainly consists of Foundation Courses, Core Courses and Disciplinary Courses taught in a period of four semesters.

The program offers specialisation in the four main areas such as Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Family and Child Welfare, Psychiatric Social Work and Community Development. Social workers work with one agenda in the society; that is to bring a change!

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum Qualification Required: A bachelor’s degree in the relevant field/ stream.
  • Minimum Marks Required: 50% to 60%

M.S.W. Admission Process:

  • Admission to the MSW program is on the basis of candidates performance in the entrance examination which at times is followed by a personal interview.
  • Some of the topics included in the entrance test are general awareness, analytical ability, language comprehension and awareness of socio-political issues.

Here’s a list of popular MSW Entrance Exams:

  • Tata Institute of Science and Technology Social Work Entrance Exam.
  • Aligarh Muslim University MSW Admission Test
  • Jamia Millia Islamia MA Entrance Exam

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Syllabus

Popular Subjects:

Subject Name


Foundation of Social Practice

Introduction and Concepts of Social Work, Social Work as a Profession

Theory and Practice of Social Work

Understanding Groups, Approaches and Theoretical Approaches to Group Work

Working with Communities and NGOs

Basic Concepts Process of Community Work Approach to Community Work

Child and Women Development

Child Development, Women and Social Work & Adolescence

Theory and Practice of Social Case Work

Case Work, Different Approaches to Case Work Study

Human Rights and Social Justice

Social Justice, Human Rights

Social Planning, Policy and Development

Social Planning & Policy, Social Development

Poverty and Livelihood

Poverty Measurement & Interventions

Urban Development

Urbanization: Issues and Challenges, Strategies and Interventions

Rural Development

Rural Scenario in India, Mechanisms and Programs

Career Options and Job Prospects

Candidates who are keen for higher studies can pursue M.Phil in Social Work which is offered by various universities across the country. The field of social work is a right career choice for the candidates who feel a deep sense of responsibility towards the society. After the completion of MSW, candidates can start working as independent social workers or with different organizations and NGOs. The entry-level salary of a social worker is Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh. Listed below are the popular job roles for MSW degree holders:

  • Social Worker
  • CSR Representative
  • Counselors
  • NGO
  • Journalist
  • Community Mobilizer
  • Welfare Officer

Given below are some of the suitable employment areas for MSW graduates:

  • Counselling Centres
  • Correction Cells
  • NGOs
  • Human Right Agencies
  • Old Age Homes
  • Natural Resource Management Companies
  • Health Industry