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About Social Work (MSW)

What kind of change could you help create in the world? Ramapo College prepares social work professionals to connect with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in helping relationships that move clients toward social, economic, and environmental justice. Preparing for a career in social work embodies the profession’s high values of service, dignity and worth of each person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence in practice.*

Building on social work values, knowledge, and skills, Ramapo College students examine the human condition and become competent practitioners who are ready to serve where impoverishment, oppression, discrimination, violence, and miscommunication impact human well-being. Foundation year courses introduce to student to the core of generalist practice. With a concentration in advanced generalist practice, Ramapo graduates will be skilled clinical practitioners, supervisors, and leaders, fully committed to respecting and prioritizing human need in complex and ever-changing practice environments.

*Social work values are published by the National Association of Social Workers (2008)

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The MSW gives professionals great flexibility in providing services to vulnerable and underserved populations. Among areas of service are: School Social Work, Aging and Elderly, Child Welfare Mental Health, Marriage and Family Therapy, Criminal Justice, Health and Hospital Services, Substance Abuse and Prevention, Court Advocate, Services to Homeless and Displaced.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Sociologists$44,690 - $136,070
Urban and Regional Planners$43,840 - $118,470
Social Science Research Assistants$36,000 - $93,150
Rehabilitation Counselors$29,310 - $89,290
$32,220 - $71,710

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services (cahill@ramapo.edu) or visit www.ramapo.edu/careercenter/.

To gain skills and competence, you will complete 64 credit hours of study with highly experienced professors who represent thousands of practice hours, interactive classroom leadership, and online teaching.

Under the guidance of our Field Education Department, you will complete 1200 hours of internships over your course of study in local agencies. This will enable you to demonstrate your effectiveness to serve individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations by modeling practice behaviors that synthesize classroom learning within your unique internship setting.

The MSW program is offered as both full-time (2 years) and part-time (3 years) options. When granted candidacy status, reciprocity between New Jersey and New York allows Ramapo MSW students to take the NJ exam for the LSW. This credential allows graduates to move into professional employment that can lead to the clinical exam.

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