MSW Courses and Classes Overview. Individuals with a Master of Social Work(MSW) degree are prepared for employment as social workers; they may work in healthcare, mental health, law or related fields. MSW courses are available at many universities and colleges.

After completing a MSW degree candidates can work as healthcare social workers, clinical social workers, therapists or social workers in the field of medical health, mental health as well as educational field.

Aspirants can pursue MSW as a full time or even a part time/ distance education course. A full time MSW course is of two years duration and candidates can complete their MSW course through correspondence within a maximum duration of five years.

After completing MSW course, aspirants can either pursue higher studies in the field of social work. Apart from higher studies, candidates can also opt to pursue a job in the field of social work after completing their MSW course. Some popular job profiles that candidates can join after successfully completing their MSW course are listed below:

  • Social Worker: In such a job profile, one provides appropriate resources, advice and support to individuals who are facing difficulties or problems in their personal/ professional life. A social worker helps individuals cope with their monetary, emotional or social needs.
  • Project Coordinator: Aspirants are hired in NGOs at this job profile. Project Coordinators need to help in the planning, budgeting and monitoring process of a project undertaken by an NGO. Apart from this, a Project Coordinator also needs to ensure that the project undertaken is being conducted within the framework established and all documentation work is complete. A project coordinator also gets in touch with volunteers and ensures that the project is being completed as per timelines fixed for it.
  • Professor: Candidates can also become educationists in the field of social work. 


Candidates are eligible to pursue MSW as a course if they have completed their graduation from a recognised institute with passing marks. Aspirants who have pursued Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) course or have experience in the field of social work, sociology, psychology, or any related field are preferred if they opt to pursue a MSW course.