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Master of Social Work: Announcing a New MSW Program at Montclair State University

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The Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy at Montclair State University is pleased to announce the launch of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The program’s inaugural class will start in Fall 2018.

View the application requirements and deadlines on The Graduate School website.

Specialization in Children, Youth and Families
The mission of Montclair State’s MSW program is to prepare leaders in social work practice with children, youth, and families in a diverse and global society. The program aims to prepare advanced practitioners to provide a range of clinical and advocacy services to vulnerable children, adolescents and 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.

Unique Cohort-based Model
The MSW program is based on a unique, cohort-based model. Geared towards full-time study, students progress through the curriculum together and develop close relationships with peers and faculty. The program’s unique structure will allow students to receive individualized attention and mentoring, and develop the necessary knowledge and skills to emerge as change agents for children, youth and families in professional social work practice. The inaugural cohort will consist of approximately 25 students.

Learn from Social Work Professionals with Expertise in Children, Youth and Families
The program’s faculty are experienced professionals who engage in research and clinical practice with children, youth and families. Specific interests represented among the program’s faculty include clinical social work, child well-being, child abuse and neglect, culturally competent practice, social welfare policy, organizational research, youth engagement and positive youth development.

Receive Comprehensive Training in the Classroom and in the Field
Throughout the program, students will receive comprehensive training in generalist social work practice with diverse populations, as well as specialized training with children, youth and families. Specific course topics include diversity and cultural competence, social welfare policy, clinical practice with children and adolescents, family practice, diagnosis and assessment, child abuse and neglect, etc.

In addition to classroom learning, students will receive comprehensive field training at human service agencies throughout the region. Field placements may include mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, child welfare agencies, substance abuse clinics, correctional facilities and other social service agencies. In their field placements, students will apply the concepts learned in class, under the guidance and supervision of experienced social workers.

Additional Program Highlights

  • Low student-instructor ratios
  • Free application for the inaugural cohort
  • Affordable tuition and opportunities for Graduate Assistantships

Apply by February 1, 2018 to receive priority consideration for the program’s inaugural class, which will commence in Fall 2018. All applications must be received no later than April 1, 2018. Applications can be submitted through The Graduate School.

For more information, please contact to Dr. Svetlana Shpiegel, MSW Program Director, at or call 973-655-4088

Read more about the program.