Rutgers Online MSW Program

The Rutgers School of Social Work offers a completely online MSW program with a Clinical Social Work concentration. The program features asynchronous instruction, meaning students can complete their assignments and view lecture materials without having to login at specific times. Asynchronous instruction is particularly advantageous for students who have other professional and family obligations. In addition, Rutgers’ online MSW program is unique in that students in their third year have the option to complete their advanced clinical courses through classes with either synchronous or asynchronous instruction.

At present, Rutgers offers a full-length part-time online MSW program designed for traditional standing students, as well as a full-time advanced standing program. The online traditional standing MSW program takes three years of part-time study to complete, and requires the completion of 60 credits. Rutgers’ online MSW program uses the same curriculum and has the same academic and field education requirements as the campus-based program.

Like all MSW programs, Rutgers’ online MSW program requires its students to complete field education at a local social services agency. Rutgers’ program requires the completion of 1,125 hours of field education; these hours are divided into a foundational 450-hour field internship (which students complete over three semesters) and 675 hours of advanced field education (which students complete over four semesters). Students participate in field education concurrently with practice courses in which students discuss their field experiences with peers and course faculty. The Office of Field Education matches students to field placement sites in their area.

Rutgers University accepts students during their summer, fall, and spring semesters. Applications to Rutgers’ online MSW program are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Application requirements for the online program are equivalent to those of the campus-based program, and include a personal statement, a minimum undergraduate GPA, and a strong background in the liberal arts.

Rutgers’ online MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Online MSW Program: Overview

Department: Rutgers School of Social Work

Degree Types: Traditional Standing Only

Concentrations: Clinical Social Work

Program Structure: Online with field placements (courses are 100% online)

Instruction Methods: Classes are asynchronous and typically do not meet at set times. Third year students in their advanced clinical courses will have the option of either asynchronous or synchronous instruction if they wish to meet in real-time with teachers and classmates.

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online MSW program in Clinical Social Work
  • Phone Number: (866) 935-3024

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 1,125 hours (450 hours during first three semesters, 675 hours in the following four semesters)
  • Number of Credits Required: 60 credits

Program Length

  • Program Options: Part-Time Only
  • Program Length: Three years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, spring and summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE Information: Not Required

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online MSW program in Clinical Social Work
  • Phone Number: (866) 935-3024

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 885 hours
  • Number of Credits Required: 30 credits

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-Time Only
  • Program Length: Two years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements

  • BSW Requirement: Students must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited program
  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE Information: Not Required

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Rutgers University's MSW program information was last updated on October 2018. For more information, visit the university's website above. 

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