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Master of Social Work

Please join us for a Webinar focusing on the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Montclair State University on Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30pm. REGISTER

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 MSW program is currently in Candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students who enter programs in Candidacy status are retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains initial accreditation. Attaining Candidacy status also allows students to sit for the New Jersey licensure exam for social workers (LSW).