MSW Program Mission:
The mission of the Master of Social Work Program is to prepare competent, compassionate, and research informed social work professionals who advocate for social and economic justice and human well-being, while honoring diversity and within the context of the social environment. An emphasis on caring human relationships and freedom from all forms of oppression, while supporting strengths, empowerment, and enhancing quality of life will be the focus of practice.
As advanced generalist practitioners, students will become effective leaders through planning and problem solving, multi-system and interdisciplinary collaboration, and excellence in service to individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations all from a global perspective.
In line with the greater mission of Ramapo College, the MSW program will emphasize individual attention to students and promote diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement, and community involvement through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding.
Ramapo’s small community is nestled in the greater New York City area providing an intimate experience where students, faculty and community agencies collaborate to serve those in need while drawing on the surrounding innovative and progressive culture.
- The goals of the MSW program are derived from the program’s mission as follows:
- To prepare competent social work professionals for advanced generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in an ever-changing and diverse context, locally and internationally;
- To educate social workers effectively with the knowledge, values, and skills of the profession at the advanced practice level;
- To advance social justice by preparing leaders to effectively advocate for the development of social policies and social service delivery systems that improve the well-being of client systems; and
- To prepare social workers who are life-long-learners and who will advocate, personally and professionally, for the alleviation and eradication of social problems and the promotion of global social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
The central means to accomplish the MSW Program’s mission and goals is through an integrated learning process that values classroom and field learning equally. The classroom integrates on-site learning in agency field internships with knowledge, values, and skills. Field internships are arranged through the Social Work Office of Field Education. Each student completes 1200 hours of field internship (600 for adv. standing) in qualified agencies under qualified field instructors to graduate.
- Integrate on-site learning in agency field internships with knowledge, values, and ethics gained in classroom and online courses.
- Study with highly experienced social work professors who represent thousands of practice hours.
- Select from among several elective courses, including a cluster that prepares you for the License in Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling (LCADC) in the State of NJ.
- Demonstrate competence by accomplishing meaningful practice behaviors geared to your field setting.
- Complete all requirements necessary to pass the ASWB licensing examination for the LSW in NJ or NY, moving into professional employment to prepare for the clinical exam after three years in practice, if that is your goal.
The MSW Degree requires 64 credit hours to complete, full time or part time.
The Foundation Year(s) requires 32 credits and 600 field hours for completion. The Concentration Year(s) requires 32 credits and 600 field hours for completion.
Students who are accepted into the Advanced Standing Program are required to complete 600 field hours and 32 credits within a 1 year period.
All students who enroll are required to follow the Ramapo College Graduate Student Handbook and Policies and Procedures for academic performance, completion, and graduation.
The MSW Program at Ramapo College is working with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) toward candidacy for full accreditation. When granted, accreditation is retroactive to the first graduating class of MSW students.
- How many credit hours will I need to complete for the MSW program?
The MSW program at Ramapo College is 64 credit hours. This includes completing 1200 hours in field internships as part of the Theory, Practice, and Field sequence over 2 years of full-time course work; 4 years of part-time course work. If eligible, the advanced standing program allows BSW graduates to attain their MSW in 1 year, completing 600 hours of fieldwork.
- When will the MSW courses meet?
Courses will meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from 4:00pm to 8:30pm. This will include two courses each evening. All courses are in-seat in delivery.
- Can I Transfer My Hours from Another Masters Degree I Earned Elsewhere?
No, transfer graduate credits will not count toward the Master in Social Work degree. Up to 2 courses may be considered as electives.
- If I Do Volunteer Hours at a Social Service Agency Before the Program Begins, Will Those Hours Count Toward My Internship Hours?
Volunteer hours accumulated before you enter the MSW program do not count toward the MSW degree.
- Are the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test Required to Enter the MSW Program?
At this time, there are no standardized exams required for entrance to the MSW program.
- Does the MSW program have a spring admission date?
No, the MSW only admits new students in the fall.
- Is there an application deadline for Fall 2018?
Yes, Advanced Standing – November 1, 2017, Priority Deadline – December 15, 2017, Final Deadline – March 1, 2018. The application window for Fall 2018 will open on August 1, 2017.
- Where can I learn more? The Program Director and Office of Graduate Admissions host Information Sessions, Open Houses, and other events to learn more about the program, you can sign up by clicking Upcoming Events on the upper right of this page.