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What You Learn

The 60-credit master's degree in social work trains you as a practitioner, ready to help people and institutions solve problems and improve communities.

  • Study social welfare, human behavior and issues confronting families
  • Participate in extensive field experiences to advance your training and expand your professional connections
  • Understand how to conduct research that advances the field
  • Prepare for state licensure exams

You gain the knowledge, values and skills to engage in evidence-based practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.


MSW (2 year option) - On-Campus - February 15*

MSW (Extended and Advanced) - On-Campus - June 30

MSW - Online

  • Fall: August 16 (Online Option)

Admission Requirements

Program Mission and SLOs

Program Handbook

2020-2021 CSWE AS4M Form


Josephine Norward, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Maureen Himchak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Godfrey Gregg, Ph.D., Lecturer
Roxanne Ruiz Adams, DSW, Lecturer

Social Work (MSW)

Social Work - Advanced Standing (MSW)

BSW students may have the first year of courses waived, entering the second year of the MSW program, providing they have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 in addition to meeting other requirements for admission.

Social Work - Extended Option (MSW)

An extended three-year, full-time program is specifically designed for those students who either must work or who have family responsibilities that make it impossible for them to complete 15 credits of coursework per semester.

Program Assistant
Karina Caytuero-Porter
(908) 737-5911

Interim Program Director
Myra Robinson, Ph.D.
(908) 737-5916

Interim Field Director
Kassaw Merie, Ph.D.
(908) 737-5917


The Kean MSW program supports aspiring social workers to explore their passion for work with vulnerable populations, cultivate lasting collegial relationships and network in the profession."

Jessy Redondo ‘18
Supervisor, Criminal Division at the State of New Jersey Criminal Court
MSW graduate

The Classroom and Beyond

At Kean we believe learning and job growth extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities available to you, study abroad and pursue internships that will advance your career or set the stage for another advanced degree.

After Kean

There are a variety of employers looking for MSW graduates, including the following:

  • Mental health agencies
  • Employee-assistance programs
  • School districts
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Government divisions
  • Correctional facilities
  • Nonprofit organizations


Social work positions are expected to increase by 2020

Interested in becoming a field supervisor?

A field supervisor is required to have three years of post-MSW experience and hold a Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certificate. Potential field sites must be able to offer students some exposure to clinical work with clients. The MSW program offers an online SIFI course to new supervisors and provides Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completion of the course.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Quincy Dinnerson, Ph.D.
Director of Field Education
(908) 737-4045


The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Kean University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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