Master of Social Work in India

Master of Social Work in India

Master of Social Work in India
Banita KhanalThu Jan 06 2022

Master of Social Work or MSW is a postgraduate degree in the field of social work. It is a 2-year program that combines classroom theory sessions as well as practical exposure in the field. 

Master of Social Work in India is a specialized professional degree that is pursued by students after having a graduation degree of Bachelor of Social Work or any other Bachelor's degree.

MSW mainly focuses on training in sectors like public health, education, community health, rehabilitation and correction, family, and women empowerment.

An MSW graduate has a number of job opportunities and earns an average salary of INR 402,000 per annum in India. 

The MSW course prepares students and makes them professional social workers. 

Top Colleges for Master of Social Work in India 

According to INDIA'S BEST MSW COLLEGES 2019 by India Today

Rank

Institute Name 

Location 

1

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Mumbai

2

School of Social Work University of Delhi

New Delhi

3

Rajagiri College of Social Sciences

Kochi

4

Madras School of Social Work

Chennai

5

Loyola College

Chennai

6

Centre for Advanced Study Jamia Millia Islamia

New Delhi

7

Department of Social Work Christ

Bengaluru

8

Department of Sociology Banaras Hindu University

Varanasi

9

Kristu Jayanti College

Bengaluru

10

Department of Social Work Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh

Other MSW colleges in India 

Government Colleges

  • IGNOU Delhi - Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • Punjabi University, Patiala 
  • Patna Women's College, Patna 
  • VMOU (Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University), Kota
  • Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidhyalayam, Tirupati 

 Private Colleges 

  • Apex University, Jaipur
  • Madras Christian College, Chennai
  • College of Social Work, Mumbai
  • Hindustan College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore 
  • Shri Krishna Arts and Science College, Coimbatore 

Requirements:

Document Checklist

  • Original Marks Card ( X, XII & Degree (All Semester / Year wise marks cards) (foreign students Both - translation original & Original Marks Card)
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Provisional / Degree Certificate
  • Conduct Certificate
  • Copy of Aadhar Card (for Indian Nationals only)
  • AIU Equivalence Certificate (for students who have done their qualifying examination in any curriculum other than the Indian Educational Curriculum)
  • Five Passport size Photos

In addition to the above, NRI and Foreign Students should produce:

  • Valid Passport
  • Residential Permit from the Commissioner of Police Bengaluru (for foreign students only)

Eligibility: 

The basic eligibility required is:

  • Qualify the entrance exam (if any) 
  • Bachelor's degree (preferably BSW)  from a recognised institute with an aggregate of 55% marks
  • Students from Humanities/Social Science/Science/Management and other backgrounds are also eligible if they have scored a minimum of 50% from a recognized college or institute.

Entrance Exam Guidelines 

Generally, the entrance exam will have three components:

  • Written Test
  • Group Discussion
  • Interview

Written exam guidelines.

  • Both objective and descriptive questions
  • Questions consist of verbal ability, reasoning, general knowledge, social aptitude
  • Essays on current topics of relevance

Group discussion guidelines 

  • Topics will be related to contemporary social issues or any relevant topic 

Personal Interview guidelines 

  • Each candidate will be generally interviewed for 15 minutes by a panel of social workers.
  • Students’ aptitude towards Social Work will be evaluated.

Institutes and Fees  for Master of Social Work in India 

Institute’s Name 

Specialization Offered 

Fees (INR/Year)

Madras Christian College, [MCC] Chennai

  • Human Resource Management 
  • Community Development 

31,457

Christ University, Bangalore

  • Clinical and Community Practice
  • Human Resource Development and Management 

40,000

Stella Maris College, Chennai

  • Child Rights and Practice with Families
  • Social Work Practice in Health Settings
  • Development Issues and Social Work Practice

4,390

Kristu Jayanti College, [KJC] Bengaluru

  • Human Resource Management
  • Social Development
  • Medical and Psychiatric Social Work

70,000

Aligarh Muslim University, [AMU] Aligarh

  • Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations 
  • Community Work 

207,320

Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts and Science, [SR-CAS] Coimbatore

  • Community Development
  • Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
  • Personnel Management
  • Industrial Relations 

100,000

Vimala College, Thrissur



  • Medical & Psychiatric Social Work
  • Rural & Urban Community Development.

5040

Bharata Mata College, [BMC] Kochi



  • Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
  • Rural and Urban Community Development
  • Family and Child Welfare

5500

Kongu Arts and Science College, [KASC] Erode

  • Human Resource Management
  • Medical & Psychiatry
  • Community Development

N/A

Scope of Master of Social Work in India 

After completing the Masters in Social Work, students can either pursue higher education or apply for a job. 

Following are the areas that provide jobs to MSW graduates:

  • Gender Issues Associations or Groups
  • Health Industry
  • HR Department of Industries
  • Human Rights Agencies
  • Natural Resources Management Companies
  • NGOs
  • Old Age Homes
  • Prisons
  • Private Clinics
  • Disaster Management Department
  • Hospitals
  • Counselling Centres
  • Education Sector

Following are the scope and salary for a Master degree graduate of Social work in India 

Job Title 

Salary (INR/Year)

Documentation Specialist

5,00,000

Program manager

4,10,000

Social Case Manager

5,00,000

College Professor

4,00,000

Community Health Worker

2,39,000

Social Counsellor

4,20,000

Social Worker

3,88,000

Consultant

3,50,000

Project Coordinator

3,90,000

 

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