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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
  • Learn how to conduct research that advances the field
  • Prepare for state licensure exams
  • Gain the skills to engage in evidence-based practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities


MSW (2 year option) - On-Campus - March 31

MSW Advanced Standing Option - On-Campus - June 30

MSW Extended Option - On-Campus - June 30

MSW Online (2.5 yr option) - Fall only - August 16

Admission Requirements

Program Mission and SLOs

Program Handbook


Myra Robinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Giacinta Talarico, Ph.D., LCSW
Maureen Himchak, Ph.D
Angela De Candia, DSW, LCSW

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 Director

Godfrey Gregg, Ph.D., LCSW


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
Supervisor, Criminal Division at the State of New Jersey Criminal Court
MSW graduate

Cougars Climb Higher

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.

Social Work Club

The Social Work Club is a funded group that supports various professional-development activities such as guest speakers, film viewings and test preparation training.

Social Work Club
Social Work Club


Internships are available in school settings, hospitals, community health centers, Veterans Affairs and various agencies throughout New Jersey, with occasional placements in surrounding states.


Phi Alpha Honor Society

Phi Alpha is a social work honor society that enables students to attend meet and greets, programs and seminars to enhance their knowledge and expertise within the profession.

Social Work Honor Society
Phi Alpha Honor Society


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

9% Job Growth

For social workers is projected through 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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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