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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.


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 College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, 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, Business Administration, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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