New Jersey Social Work Programs and Degrees Guide

It is necessary to complete a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited social work degree program to gain either social work licensure or certification in New Jersey. The available social work programs in the state offer many ways to develop your career in this field. Whether you want to pursue an accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, this guide will help you choose between social work schools in New Jersey. If you would like to complete your MSW online, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, offers an online MSW in clinical social work practice as well as several blended options.

Quick Facts

  • 19 schools offering social work programs in New Jersey are in our database (see below)
  • Of the social work schools in New Jersey, 7 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 9 offer bachelor’s degrees, and 9 offer a master’s or advanced degree1
  • 2 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 20182
  • 4 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs in 20183
  • 1 school ranked in Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs in 20184
  • Across 11 schools, 15 bachelor’s and master’s social work degree programs in New Jersey are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)5

Top-Ranked Schools with Social Work Programs in New Jersey

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (#72 in-state, #51 out-of-state)
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (#34 in-state, #31 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs 2018

  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (#17 tie)
  • Monmouth University (#68 tie)
  • Stockton University (#174 tie)
  • Kean University (#201 tie)

Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018

  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Schools with Social Work Programs Accredited by the CSWE

  • Centenary University
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Georgian Court University
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rutgers University-Camden
  • Rutgers University-Newark
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stockton University

Schools in New Jersey with Social Work Degree Programs

BSW and Other Undergraduate Programs

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ramapo College of New Jersey is located in Mahwah, New Jersey and is ranked #5 among public universities in the North according to US News & World Report. Its School of Social Science and Human Services (SSHS) offers a four-year, CSWE-accredited BSW program that prepares students for generalist social work practice or further social work education or research. Double majors or minors in related subjects, such as psychology, sociology and ethics studies, can be completed with the social work major. Students can indicate their interest in the social work program when applying to the college, but must formally apply to the social work program once they have completed two years of liberal arts study. Once admitted to the program, students take courses in social work theory, ethics, values, and research. All students complete 600 hours of supervised generalist practice during the final two years of the program in relevant field education placements. Previous field education placements have been at addictions, child welfare, and community service organizations across New Jersey.

Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a private Roman Catholic liberal arts school located in Lakewood. In 2016, it was ranked #131 among regional universities in the northern US by US News & World Report. All students in the Department of Social Work and Gerontology must take courses in the core liberal arts curriculum, including communication, history, natural science, and languages. The college also requires that all students complete physical education and experiential learning credits as part of the college’s commitment to service learning. Courses in the CSWE-accredited BSW curriculum cover social welfare, human rights, social policy, and research. Upon completing the BSW program, students will be prepared to work in generalist social work practice in many different settings. Students also complete a field education placement in a local social service agency. Field education placements are available in many different practice settings. The school also offers minors in social work or gerontology, although these are not accredited by the CSWE and will not enable graduates to be licensed as a social worker without further study.

MSW and Other Graduate Programs

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers offers CSWE-accredited BSW and MSW degree programs at the New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark campuses. In 2016, US News & World Report ranked the New Brunswick campus #26 among social work graduate schools in the country. The Professional Foundation core curriculum in the Rutgers-Newark Department of Social Work teaches students who do not have an accredited BSW degree about the history, values, and theory of the social work profession. In the second year, students choose a specialization in either Clinical Social Work or Nonprofit and Public Management. Individuals with a CSWE-accredited BSW degree may be eligible for advanced standing to proceed directly to the specialization year. The university also offers advanced certificate specializations in Addiction Counselor Training, Aging, Jewish Studies, and Violence Against Women and Children. It is possible to complete the MSW with a clinical social work concentration fully online in three years. Blended or intensive weekend classes are also available.

Stockton University

Stockton University is a suburban public institution located in Galloway ranked #53 in the Regional Universities (North) category by US News & World Report. The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a two-year, CSWE-accredited MSW program that prepares students for advanced generalist social work practice with individuals, groups, and communities. The first year of the program teaches generalist social work theory, ethics, values, and research. In the second year, students take courses in advanced practice and research. It is also possible to complete a specialization in Leadership and Management. All students begin the MSW program in the fall term. Individuals with a CSWE-accredited BSW degree are eligible for advanced standing to begin the curriculum in the second year. By completing this degree, graduates are eligible to take the License in Clinical Social Work exam and pursue a career in clinical social work practice. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and prospective students are encouraged to apply early. The university also offers a CSWE-accredited BSW degree.

Monmouth University

Monmouth University has a Master of Social Work degree program that is centered in academic excellence and social work ethics. Students may choose to concentrate in either practice with families and children or international community development. Advanced standing and regular enrollment programs are available for full- and part-time students. The empowerment approach to social work is an important emphasis in the coursework for this degree, and students learn how to use empowerment for the betterment of individuals and communities. To earn the MSW under regular enrollment, students must complete 60 credit hours of graduate coursework, which includes two semesters of fieldwork totaling 500 hours. The Monmouth University School of Social Work also offers a graduate certificate in play therapy focused on clinical mental health practice with children and adolescents.

Accreditation Information for New Jersey Social Work Schools

School Graduation Rate1 Transfer-Out Rate1 Associate’s SW Program Bachelor’s SW Program Graduate SW Program CSWE Accred.5 US News Best Social Work Grad Schools Ranking3 Net Price*1
Brookdale Community College 22% 18% Yes No No No Not Ranked $5,923
Camden County College 11% 18% Yes No No No Not Ranked $8,425
Centenary College 61% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $25,615
Cumberland County College 23% 12% Yes No No No Not Ranked $8,294
Essex County College 8% 13% Yes No No No Not Ranked $2,748
Georgian Court University 48% 35% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $18,778
Hudson County Community College 9% 14% Yes No No No Not Ranked $6,415
Kean University 48% 25% No Yes Yes Yes #201 tie $15,110
Monmouth University 67% 28% No Yes Yes Yes #68 tie $27,149
Montclair State University 64% 23% Yes Yes Yes No Not Ranked $14,798
Ocean County College 30% 17% Yes No No No Not Ranked $9,234
Passaic County Community College 10% 13% Yes No No No Not Ranked $7,096
Ramapo College of New Jersey 72% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $15,771
Rutgers University-Camden 53% 27% No Yes No No Not Ranked $12,201
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 81% 11% No Yes Yes Yes #17 tie $15,917
Rutgers University-Newark 66% 18% No Yes Yes Yes Not Ranked $9,858
Seton Hall University 66% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $26,585
Stockton University 67% 14% No Yes Yes Yes #174 tie $15,215
Sussex County Community College 22% 22% Yes No No No Not Ranked $10,770

*The net price is calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics by subtracting the average amount of aid (including grants and scholarships) from the total published cost of attendance for in-state/in-district students, which includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses. To gain a better understanding of how to interpret the statistics discussed in this table, see our list of important definitions.

Directory of New Jersey Social Work School Programs

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Rd
Lincroft, NJ 07738-1597
(732) 224-2345

Camden County College
200 College Dr
Blackwood, NJ 08012
(856) 227-7200

Centenary College*
400 Jefferson St
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-1400

Cumberland County College
3322 College Dr
Vineland, NJ 08362-1500
(856) 691-8600

Essex County College
303 University Ave
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 877-3000

Georgian Court University*
900 Lakewood Ave
Lakewood, NJ 08701-2697
(732) 987-2200

Hudson County Community College
70 Sip Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 714-7100

Kean University*
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 737-5326

Monmouth University*
400 Cedar Ave
West Long Branch, NJ 07764-1898
(732) 571-3400

Montclair State University
1 Normal Ave
Montclair, NJ 07043-1624
(973) 655-4000

Ocean County College
1 College Dr
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001
(732) 255-0400

Passaic County Community College
One College Blvd
Paterson, NJ 07505-1179
(973) 684-6800

Ramapo College of New Jersey*
505 Ramapo Valley Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430-1680
(201) 684-7500

Rutgers University-Camden
406 Penn
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6095

Rutgers University-New Brunswick*
83 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1281
(732) 932-1766

Student Review: “The Rutgers University social work program is a very well esteemed program. It is challenging, and for this, it is accepted by almost any employer in the field. The issues with the program lay in its size. The school is too large and too widespread, therefore, resources and faculty are spread too thin at times. The program was rigorous and would definitely pay off to a student who does not mind learning and studying on their own. However, someone like me, who needs instruction, may not always benefit, depending on the specific class (some psych classes contained 300+ students). These large class sizes also made it hard to communicate with the instructor one-on-one. Office hours were a struggle and were always crowded. However, email was always a viable option thankfully. Another plus for the program was in its staff, who were all very well qualified through their attained degrees, and moreover, their work experience in social work, psychology, and clinical psychology. The facilities were always up to standard because of the wide range of available facilities on campus. Therefore, the program, and the school were very well qualified to offer this course of study, it just needed more attention and less crowding in facilities and courses.” – Student at Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers University-Newark*
249 University Ave
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 353-1766

Seton Hall University*
400 S Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079-2697
(973) 761-9000

Stockton University*
101 Vera King Farris Dr
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
(609) 652-1776

Sussex County Community College
One College Hill Rd
Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 300-2100

Thomas Edison State University
101 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
(888) 442-8372

Student Review: “I really enjoyed the social work program. Most of the classes were online which caused me to work even harder and really focus on the content which caused me to learn a lot more. I found the material to be very thought-provoking and enjoyable to read and study. I only have two complaints regarding the program. My first issue with the program is that the advisers who ran the program were not really helpful when it came to questions regarding the classes. My second issue with the program is that they offered help with post-employment and they didn’t really follow through. I would not really recommend the program from this school as I feel both my complaints are major things to consider.” – Student at Thomas Edison State University

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-private-colleges/index.php?table=all
3. US News & World Report Social Work Best Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings
4. Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018: /degrees/masters/online/
5. Council on Social Work Education: https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Directory-of-Accredited-Programs.aspx