M.A. (Social Work)

Master of Arts in Social Work

Stream Social Studies
Course Type Master
Duration 2 Years

M.A. Social Work or Master of Arts in Social Work is postgraduate Social Work course. It covers social work which is a professional and academic discipline committed to the pursuit of social welfare, social change and social justice. The duration of M.A. in Social Work is mostly of two academic years but it varies from institute to institute. Certain institutes offer it as Master of Social Work (M.S.W.). Generally, the minimum time to complete the course is two years. Course is available both in full time and may be provided on part time basis by certain institutes. The curriculum for the course is divided into four semesters plus field work. This Masters’ degree is an important one and provides many job opportunities to the candidates.

M.A. Social Work Employment Areas

Academic Institutes


Social Welfare Agencies


Mental Health Offices

M.A. Social Work Job Types

Social workers who specialize in human resource management can get jobs in the Personnel, HRM, Welfare departments of factories and commercial organizations, as executive officers, trainee officers, welfare officers and social security officers.

Trained professionals can get executive card jobs in government, semi-government undertakings, private organizations as labour welfare officers, welfare officers, social workers etc.

There are also Non-Government Organisations (NGO) and institutes providing services to different sections in the society. NGO’s need trained social workers to work in various fields.

Social workers can also take up teaching assignments. After a few years of experience, one can even become a consultant with various organizations and can also start freelance work.

Social workers can pursue a career as a counsellor in healthcare, adoption, environmental protection, community policing etc. They can specialize in child welfare and family services, mental health services, public assistance, medical social work, community organization, social work, planning and policy development or social welfare administration.



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The candidates should complete their B.A. degree under any registered University in Arts stream in Social work (B.S.W., B.A).

The marks for admission vary from place to place and in some colleges and universities there is an entrance exam for admission.