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Ramapo College Earns Accreditation for Master of Social Work Program

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 27, 2018

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College of New Jersey has received accreditation for its Master of Social Work (MSW) program from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), effective immediately through February 2022.

“The goal of our program is to prepare social work professionals to further advocate for social justice and individual well-being, while emphasizing the human compassion component,” said AnnMarie Moreno, Assistant Dean and Director of the MSW Program at Ramapo College. “As advanced generalist practitioners, students will become effective leaders through planning and problem solving, interdisciplinary collaboration, and excellence in service to individuals, families, groups and organizations from a global perspective.”

Ramapo College offers a MSW degree that is affordable and prestigious, combining a rigorous and innovative classroom education along with a community-based practice experience transitioning students to professionals in the field of social work. Program participants gain experience in a wide range of areas, such as trauma, substance abuse, family dynamics, hospice, public health advocacy and providing services to adults, adolescents and children

Students do their field experience in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, assistant living facilities, hospice centers, mobile units employed for home visitation services, mental health agencies, Moreno explained. The program also offers study abroad opportunities. Students have traveled to Ghana, where they examined the needs of the people in rural villages and provide social work services, and to Portugal where they studied policy change on public health issues such as the decriminalization of substance abuse.

“This gives them a real sense of the global impact their work can have, and how they can make a difference,” Moreno said.

Aaron Lorenz, Dean of the School of Social Science and Human Services, touted the hard work Moreno and the faculty undertook in earning the prestigious accreditation for the program.

“This accreditation is not given lightly,” he said. “The application process was very involved but we passed with flying colors. This is truly a testament to the tremendous work we do here in this program.”

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About CSWE:

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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