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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Put your passion for helping people and creating change to work with a Master of Social Work degree from Monmouth University.

Our nationally recognized 60-credit MSW program (54 credits starting Fall 2020) will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and field experience you need for professional social work practice in a wide range of settings, from schools and hospitals to mental health and correctional facilities. The MSW program at Monmouth University offers you the opportunity to:

  • Secure social and economic justice, advance human rights, and improve the quality of life of vulnerable families, individuals, organizations, and communities locally, nationally and globally
  • Practice with families and children, and international and community development
  • Work in an extensive set of domestic and international field opportunities
  • Provide access to multiple opportunities including applying to become licensed social workers and licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors

You’ll learn from faculty members who are accomplished scholars and whose teaching is informed by continued practice, and will proceed through the program with a tightly knit group of peers. Our classes are strictly enrollment capped, keeping class sizes manageable and fostering interaction and discussion.

Nationally Ranked Program

The Master of Social Work program is recognized by the U.S. News & World Report for best graduate social work programs.

Cohort Model

Monmouth University’s MSW curriculum follows a unique cohort model ensuring you will progress through our program with a close-knit group of peers with whom you will most likely keep in touch throughout your career. Your specific course sequence will depend on your concentration, full- or part-time status, and whether you are a regular 60-credit (54-credit starting fall 2020) student or a 30-credit advanced standing student.


The MSW program is fully accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education.

Program Application Requirements

Master of Social Work (MSW)


MSW Concentration: Global and Community Practice


MSW Concentration: Clinical Practice with Families and Children

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major. Social work education is grounded in the liberal arts and contains a coherent, integrated professional foundation in social work (Council on Social Work Education–Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards). MSW applicants with a baccalaureate degree are required to have a strong liberal arts background with a minimum of one 3-credit course in each of the four areas of English, math, biology, and psychology. None of these four classes may be a CLEP*, they must be taken as college-level credit bearing classes. The program also prefers course work in history, sociology, political science, anthropology, and economics.
    *CLEP College-Level Examination Program®
  • Three completed Monmouth University School of Social Work recommendation forms.
    Recommendations must be submitted by professional references, and not by friends or relatives.
  • Narrative (four to five pages, double spaced) in response to the questions outlined on the Autobiographical Statement Form.
  • Candidates for advanced standing must have a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program within six years of the date of application and submit the Monmouth University Advanced Standing Form.
  • Candidates for Advanced standing must have completed a course in statistics within the last six years.
  • In instances where the admissions committee has questions about an applicant’s references, personal statement, or academic record, the applicant may be required to attend an interview as part of the admissions process.


Social Work Certificate Program: Play Therapy (Post-Master’s)

  • A master’s degree in a medical or mental health discipline (ex: MSN, MSW, MA), and eligibility for licensure in that discipline.

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