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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. As 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.

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 and part-time lecturers
Research centers and institutes

Program Spotlight: Master of Social Work

On Campus and Online Programs Available
The master of social work (MSW) program is one of the top social work graduate programs in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Our outstanding faculty are 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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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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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.

"I cannot credit my experience at Rutgers enough."

"The School of Social Work has such a dynamic program. I was able to receive the guidance and education I needed to move from the world of clinical counseling to policy advocacy, and I cannot credit my experience at Rutgers enough." 

Marleina Ubel

Marleina Ubel

Alumna Perspective

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

Christina Serrano

Christina Serrano

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

Open the Doors to Opportunity

“The undergraduate social work program at Rutgers helped shape not just my understanding of social work, but how to properly implement this crucial field of study in its most needed arenas. The faculty and staff encouraged, supported, and opened doors for me I could not have opened myself.”

Alexa Garvey

Alexa Garvey Rutgers School of Social Work

“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

Sonia Singh
Marleina Ubel
Christina Serrano
Elijah Green
Alexa Garvey Rutgers School of Social Work
Sonia Singh