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There are many courses that one pursue after class 10th, Class 12th or graduation etc to make a career in the related and respected field. Here in this article, I am sharing with you the complete details about the Master of Social Work course. Well, this course may not be as famous as other courses, But this is also one of the finest courses to make a career in the related field. Let’s see the complete detail about the course and see the career options available in this field etc.

There are many types of courses that one can pursue in this field. One has an option to pursue the diploma course, Certificate course, Under-Graduate course or master courses etc. Here in this article, We will only talk about the master of Social work course details and the required eligibility criteria to pursue this course and its complete admission process in the colleges, Institutes or Universities etc. Let’s see the details below.

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What is Master of Social Work Course:

The Master of Social Work Course is a post-graduation course and the duration of the course is 2 years. Under this course, one will get in-depth knowledge about Social work and professional social work practices in the community, Hospitals, Schools and other fields for social work. This course is not that tough to pursue, one just need to have the right mindset and attitude to this course. Here are the following skills that are required to pursue this course.

  • Good communication skills
  • Empathy
  • Good listener
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Critical thinking
  • Tolerance
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Persuasion
  • Integrity
  • Ability to set boundaries
  • Self-awareness
  • Ability to coordinate etc

Most people love to serve the people that is why they pursue this course to get certified and also to get more knowledge about the field. Well, One can also make a career in this field. Now let’s see the complete eligibility criteria required to pursue this course and after that, we will see the complete admission process in the course etc.

Master of Social Work

Eligibility Criteria Master of Social Work:

There are some limited options for admission to the course. A candidate must have passed graduation in some selected streams to pursue the master of social work course. Here are the following criteria that are required for admission:

  • A candidate must have passed graduation with a minimum of 50% marks.
  • Well, most of the colleges demand the Bachelor of Social Work for admission in the master’s degree program.
  • But, Some colleges just demand graduation in any stream for admission in the course.
  • There is no age barrier that has been mentioned anywhere regarding the admission. So, all age group candidates are eligible to apply for admission to the course.
  • There is also some relaxation in the overall graduation marks for admission that has been given to the candidate who belongs to reserved categories like OBC (Other Backward Classes), SC/ST (Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes) etc.

No relaxation will be given to any candidate regarding the educational qualification. It will be the same for all for admission to the master of social work. Now let’s see the details about the Admission Process in course, how colleges, Institutes or Universities offers admission in the course etc.

Master of Social Work Admission Process:

The admission in the course is done in many ways. There are some national level, State level and Institute level entrance exams are also conducted for admission. Here are some famous exams for the Admission in Diploma in Taxation Law:

  • DSSW
  • AMU
  • Jamia Millia Islamia
  • TISS

Well, there are also some colleges that conduct their own entrance exam for admission in the course.  Some private colleges enrol the candidate on the basis of the marks scored in the graduation. There are also some colleges that offer direct admission in the course without any exam or Interview etc.

The admission criteria depend on colleges to colleges but to get admission in the reputed colleges, one will have to clear the entrance exams. It is always suggested to get admission in the reputed colleges which could provide you with a better education. Now let’s see the complete syllabus of the Master of Social Work Course.

Master of Social Work Course Syllabus:

These two years of the master’s degree course has been divided into four semesters. Here is the complete syllabus of the Master of Social Work Course:

Semester I SyllabusSemester II Syllabus
History and Philosophy of Social WorkSocial Exclusion and Inclusive Policy
Social Problem and Social DevelopmentRehabilitation and Resettlement
Social Work Research and Quantitative AnalysisSocial Work Methods
Human Growth and DevelopmentVisual Culture
Social Work Practical-I (Structured Experience Laboratory and Research Methodology Practical)Social Work Practical-III (Concurrent fieldwork – Community Placement)
Social Work Practical-II (Skill Development Assessment)Social Work Practical-IV (Learning Social Work through Participatory Approach)
IT in Social SectorCommunity Intervention and Entrepreneurship Development
Semester III SyllabusSemester IV Syllabus
Ideology and Ethics of Social WorkSocial Work Administration (
Social Legislation and labour WelfareCorporate Social Responsibility
Vulnerable Children and their DevelopmentTribal Anthropology and Social Work
Elective-IElective-II
Social Work Practical-V (Concurrent fieldwork – Agency Placement)Fundamental of Medical Social Work
Social Work Practicum-VI (Micro Level Study on Social Exclusion)Block Field Work Placement

Top Colleges for MSW Course:

Here is the list of some best colleges for the Master in Social Work course. Well, there are many colleges as well for admission in the course. The thinks knowledge here is not promoting any college here. The names have been shared just to help the students to get a better college. These are the some best colleges that are known for the MSW course:

  • Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai
  • Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
  • College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai
  • Xavier Institute of Labour Relations, Mumbai
  • Madras School of Social Work, Chennai
  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  • Department of Social Work, Christ College, Bangalore
  • Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia Delhi
  • Department of Social Work, Pune University, Pune
  • Department of Sociology, Mumbai University, Mumbai
  • School of Social Work, Mangalore University, Mangalore
  • Department of Social Work, Lucknow University, Lucknow
  • Department of Social Work, Annamalai University, Chennai
  • Loyola College of Social Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram
  • IISWBM, Calcutta
  • Karve Institute of Social Service
  • Faculty of Social Work, MS University of Baroda
  • Roda Mistry College of Social Work & Research Centre, Hyderabad etc

Fees Structure of the MSW Course:

The fees structure of any college for any course depends on many factors. Government colleges usually have fewer fees structure as compared to private colleges. The fees of the colleges can be somewhere 10,000/- per semester to 60,000/- per semester depending upon the college you are in. One should always try for admission to government colleges as they are known for providing better education at a low cost. Well, the private colleges also provide better education and some are even better than the government colleges but the fees structure may be a bit high.

Career Opportunity and Growth:

Well, this is the field for the person who loves to serve the people. A career can be better in this field, One just need to get proper education, training and work on the skills that are required in this field etc. After the completion of the course, One can work as the following as a fresher or with just a few months or years of experience:

  • Social Worker
  • CSR Representative
  • Counsellors
  • NGO
  • Journalist
  • Community Mobilizer
  • Welfare Officer etc

Employment Area for MSW:

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

This is all about this course. This field is something that will give you satisfaction if you love to serve teh people or society etc. choose the best college for admission and gain proper education and training.

FAQs For MSW Course

What is the average salary of a social Worker in India?

A social worker in India can earn somewhere between 3.40 lakhs per annum to 5.10 lakhs per annum depending upon the firm of the area you are working in.

What is the Admission Process of the MSW Course?

The reputed college offer admission through the entrance exams followed by group discussion and personal Interview etc

Can I pursue a specific subject in MSW Course?

Yes you can. Candidates can pursue a Master’s in Social Work in a specialized field such as Childhood studies, medicine, research, Social services, social policy, clinical social work and more.

Is Master of Social Work difficult?

No, It is all about Interest. If you interest in this, It is not difficult.


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