Master of Social Work - for Fall 2018

The Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy is pleased to offer a Master of Social Work with a concentration in children, youth and families starting Fall 2018.

The MSW program prepares leaders in social work practice with children, youth, and families in a diverse local and global society. The program aims to prepare advanced practitioners to provide a range of clinical and advocacy services to vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families. Graduates will promote the wellbeing and functioning of their clients by engaging in ethical, culturally-competent, and evidence-informed practice, and by demonstrating a strong commitment to social/economic justice.

The MSW is a 60-credit, full-time program. Students enjoy frequent interaction with faculty, small class sizes, and a climate that is conducive to in-depth learning. Our program uses a unique, cohort-based model, such that all students progress through the curriculum together and develop close relationships with peers and faculty. Throughout their studies, students engage in classroom learning, as well as supervised field experiences in various human service agencies. Field placements may include mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, child welfare agencies, disability services, substance abuse clinics, correctional facilities, etc. 

‌Career Opportunities

Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of settings serving children, youth and families, including, but not limited to, mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, community centers, state and local government, and private practice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024 - faster than the average for all occupations. Specific roles frequently occupied by social workers include:

  • Mental health counselor
  • Family therapist
  • Case manager
  • Addictions counselor
  • Healthcare social worker
  • School social worker
  • Community organizer
  • Child and family advocate

For more information about the program, please contact:

Dr. Svetlana Shpiegel, MSW Program Director
Email: socialwork@montclair.edu
(973) 655-4188

The program is currently working with the Council on Social Work Education to attain Candidacy status (expected in the fall of 2018). Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy status in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Attaining Candidacy status also allows students to sit on the New Jersey licensure exam for social workers (LSW).