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Top Master of Social Work (MSW) Colleges - India


MSW stands for Master of Social Work. It is a two-year postgraduate course majoring in social work. Aspirants can pursue MSW courses after completing a Bachelor's degree in the relevant field. The course teaches about Social Work, Social Problems in India, Social Work Research and statistics, and more. A career in social work is all about giving and helping others in need.


Highlights: - 

Degree Name

Master of Social Work



Duration of the course

3 years


Graduation in BSW

Education mode

Full-time, Distance.

Admission Process

Merit as well as Entrance Exams

Entrance Exams


Fees of the course

Rs 10,000 - Rs 3.00 Lakhs


Eligibility Criteria: - 

  • Candidates must have graduated from BSW.
  • Candidates must have secured an aggregate score of 45%- 55% in the graduation.
  • Candidates may have to pass the entrance exam.

Syllabus for MSW: 

The MSW syllabus will vary from college to college, but the course aims and subjects shall remain the same; the subject distribution over the syllabus may differ, but the study matter remains consistent. Nevertheless, candidates should check the official website to know the complete syllabus. Here is a general guide to MSW syllabus design, as commonly followed by Indian colleges: 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Social Work Profession and Philosophy

Social Policy and Planning

Social Work Methods: Social Case Work

Social Work with Individuals and Families

Social Work Methods: Group Work

Social Work with Groups

Social Work Methods: Community Organisation

Social Work with Communities

Human Growth and Behavior

Counselling Theories and Techniques

Social Work Research Methods

Field Work Practicum I

Semester 3

Semester 4

Social Work Administration and Management

Gender and Development

Social Work in Rural Development

Child and Youth Welfare

Social Work in Urban Development

Gerontology and Social Work with Older Adults

Social Work and Health

Disability Studies and Social Work

Human Rights and Social Justice

Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development

Field Work Practicum II

Dissertation/Project Work


Further studies after MSW:-

  • M.Phil in Social Works
  • PhD in Social Works
  • Certificate Courses: NGO Management, Counseling, Community Development, Gerontology, and Child Rights and Protection.

Employment after MSW:- 

Job Profiles

Average Salary (Lakhs Per Annum)


Rs 4.00 - Rs 9.00 LPA

Case Manager

Rs 2.00 - Rs 5.00 LPA

Community Organiser

Rs 3.00 - Rs 7.00 LPA

Rehabilitation Counselor

Rs 2.50 - Rs 6.50 LPA

School Counsellor

Rs 3.00 - Rs 5.00 LPA

Marriage and Family Therapist

Rs 2.70 - Rs 8.00 LPA

Child and Youth Workers

Rs 3.00 - Rs 5.00 LPA

Psychiatric Social Worker

Rs 2.70 - Rs 8.00 LPA

Social Worker

Rs 3.00 - Rs 7.00 LPA

Social Educator

Rs 2.50 - Rs 6.50 LPA

Teacher of Social Science

Rs 3.00 - Rs 5.00 LPA

Professor of Social Work

Rs 3.70 - Rs 8.00 LPA

Top Colleges for MSW Courses:-

Candidates can refer to the table below to find some of the top colleges offering MSW course: 

MSW Colleges

MSW College Fees

Amity University, Noida

Rs 2.40 lakh

Amity University, Mumbai

Rs 2.00 lakh

Chanakya University, Bangalore

Rs 3.00 lakh

Hindustan College of Arts and Science

Rs 79500

NIMS University, Jaipur

Rs 60000

Parul University, Vadodara

Rs 1.20 lakh

Stella Maris College, Chennai

Rs 1.40 lakh

St. Joseph's University, Bangalore

Rs 2.00 lakh

Sabarmati University, Ahmedabad

Rs 1.80 lakh

William Carey University, Shillong

Rs 3.00 lakh

MCC - Madras Christian College


IGNOU - Indira Gandhi National Open University

Rs 18000

MSU, Vadodara

Rs 2.00 lakh

CSJM, Kanpur

Rs 67000

Visva Bharati University, West Bengal

Rs 3000

VMOU, Kota

Rs 14000

DAVV - Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore

Rs 24000


Top Recruiting Companies:-

Top Recruiters for MSW



CRY (Child Rights and You)


Smile Foundation

Nani Kali

Helpage India

Care India


Sammaan Foundation



  1.  What is a Master of Social Work?
    MSW, or Master of Social Work, is a comprehensive postgraduate degree program. It equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional practice in social work, with a strong focus on social justice, human rights, and community development. This broad foundation prepares graduates for a diverse range of professional roles in the field.
  2. What are the qualifying requirements for MSW programs in India?
    Eligibility for MSW programs typically requires a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) or a similar discipline from a recognised university. However, some institutions also consider individuals from other fields, valuing the diverse perspectives and experiences they bring, especially if they have suitable job experience.
  3. What are the professional options after earning an MSW?
    MSW degree graduates can work in various contexts, including social welfare organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), hospital settings, schools, rehabilitation facilities, corporate social responsibility (CSR) sectors, and government agencies. They can serve as social workers, counsellors, community organisers, policy analysts, researchers, or educators.
  4. Are there any specialisations in MSW programs?
    MSW programs frequently provide specialisation tracks or optional courses in community development, health and mental health, child and family welfare, gerontology, rural and urban development, and social policy.


Other courses in Social Works: - 

BSW, M.Phil in Social Work.

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