The Social Work program prepares skilled direct-service providers to function in both public and private sectors of social welfare, and for advanced social work practice such as administrative leadership roles in the state’s social welfare departments and agencies, and at all levels of government, as well as in the voluntary sector. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and includes academic coursework and supervised field practice. Graduates are eligible for certification by the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners and also for advanced standing if they pursue graduate study in social work.
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Potential Career Paths
This major prepares students for professional practice or graduate study in social work and related fields. Social work graduates may start their careers as child, family, or school social workers with human services organizations or state and local government. Graduates may also find positions in public health, mental health, or substance abuse within the healthcare industry. Additionally, social work graduates may become planners and policy makers, and develop programs to address societal issues such as child abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, poverty, and violence.
Students interested in pursuing the Social Work program should complete an associate’s degree in Social Work or Human Services at a community college and the required pre-requisite courses. The BASW program requires completion of a secondary application for admission in addition to the regular undergraduate admission application. The secondary application is available at socialwork.rutgers.edu. The BASW program requires full-time enrollment which is typically 5 classes/15 credits per semester and only accepts students to begin their major requirements in the fall semester. For students who have not completed the Human Services (AS) associate’s degree at Atlantic Cape Community College, it is recommended to consult with a Rutgers at Atlantic Cape advisor prior to applying to transfer to discuss transfer eligibility.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey will transfer a maximum of 60 credits from a NJ county college to a Rutgers degree program for those students who have completed an A.A or A.S degree. Please visit the NJ Transfer website at www.njtransfer.org to review the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) for any undergraduate major at Rutgers. Students may transfer up to 90 credits from both a 2-year and a 4-year institution combined.
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