Master of Social Work (MSW)

Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) is a two-year postgraduate program which is related to the study of essential humanitarian efforts in a society. The primary focus of the course is on the marginalized and weaker sections of the society who are often suppressed and neglected.

The course imparts students knowledge and training related to the upliftment of the marginalized in areas such as education, sanitation, and their welfare. MSW program mainly consists of Foundation Courses, Core Courses and Disciplinary Courses taught in a period of four semesters.

The program offers specialisation in the four main areas such as Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Family and Child Welfare, Psychiatric Social Work and Community Development. Social workers work with one agenda in the society; that is to bring a change!

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum Qualification Required: A bachelor’s degree in the relevant field/ stream.
  • Minimum Marks Required: 50% to 60%

M.S.W. Admission Process

  • Admission to the MSW program is on the basis of candidates performance in the entrance examination which at times is followed by a personal interview.
  • Some of the topics included in the entrance test are general awareness, analytical ability, language comprehension and awareness of socio-political issues.

Here’s a list of popular MSW Entrance Exams:

  • Tata Institute of Science and Technology Social Work Entrance Exam.
  • Aligarh Muslim University MSW Admission Test
  • Jamia Millia Islamia MA Entrance Exam

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Syllabus

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Career Options and Job Prospects


Candidates who are keen on higher studies can pursue M.Phil in Social Work which is offered by various universities across the country. The field of social work is the right career choice for candidates who feel a deep sense of responsibility towards society. After the completion of MSW, candidates can start working as independent social workers or with different organizations and NGOs. The entry-level salary of a social worker is Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh. Listed below are the popular job roles for MSW degree holders:

  • Social Worker
  • CSR Representative
  • Counselors
  • NGO
  • Journalist
  • Community Mobilizer
  • Welfare Officer

Given below are some of the suitable employment areas for MSW graduates:

  • Counseling Centres
  • Correction Cells
  • NGOs
  • Human Right Agencies
  • Old Age Homes
  • Natural Resource Management Companies
  • Health Industry