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Social Work


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

McBride House 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

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About Social Work

Are you looking for a leadership role that helps solve social problems? Want to challenge injustice in society and serve at-risk populations?

Social Work is committed to the development of a society which promotes equality, social justice, respect for human diversity, and adequate sustenance for all its members. The program develops skills for culturally competent social work practice, research, social service and social policy formation, and political advocacy in order to further this mission. This program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Classes you can take:

Social Work Research Methods, Child Welfare, Community Mental Health, Contemporary Social Policy, Social Welfare & Law, Aids: Social Perspectives

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Career Opportunities

Graduates from Ramapo’s social work program are employed in social service agencies and organizations as well as educational and governmental institutions throughout the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area and beyond. A high percentage of graduates have gone on to prestigious graduate schools such as NYU, Columbia, Rutgers, Hunter, LIU, Fordham, and Monmouth Universities to complete their Master of Social Work degree towards becoming a licensed practitioner. Among the fields that Ramapo graduates get jobs are: child welfare, family services, mental health community centers, hospitals, nursing homes, community centers, congregations, rural communities, employment assistance programs, schools, and hospice services.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Child, Family, and School Social Workers$41,850 - $101,850
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers$45,510 - $124,490
Social Workers, All Other$50,940 - $93,280

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

As a social work student, you will complete 600 hours over a two year period of field internship supervised by credentialed and experienced professionals in community agencies and organizations. In these placements, you will practice the skills you learn in classes.

Social work majors at Ramapo have completed cooperative education programs with organizations such as Broadway House for Continuing Care, Paterson Family Success Center, Housing Authority of Bergen County, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Shelter Our Sisters, and the North Jersey Development Center. You can also co-major or minor in a second field such as psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and/or minor in the areas of gerontology, women’s studies, African-American Studies, ethic studies, and substance abuse.