Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Faculty of Social Work at the M.S. University of Baroda, was instituted in the year 1949, on 15 March. The only institution, having the status of the Faculty and third of its kind in the country. The Faculty offers a Post-Graduate Degree in Masters of Social work since its inception. Social Work Education is offered for a processional career, by teachers trained and qualified for the social work learning in a generic approach. Its a University Department Institution.
Aim of the M.S.W. Course

To give students the opportunity to develop their understanding of social functioning, social problems and learn skills of practice for a generic role in social work setting.

Unique Features

  • Development of conceptual, analytical and professional abilities apart from giving additional stress on Human relations.
  • Moulds professional executives out of young intellectual individuals at an impressionable age.
  • Enables the students to analyze and comprehend the complex environment so as to handle their jobs and responsibilities in a competent, effective and independent manner.
  • Enables the students to develop inter and intra personal, social and communication skills.
  • Facilitates emerging professionals to equip themselves with right attitudes, value system and insight into individuals, group and communities.
  • Fosters among the students creativity, leadership, discipline, adaptability, foresight ,character and ethics in order to mould them into mature personalities.
  • Students are placed in rural, urban, industrial and health setting during the course of two years of field training. One-to one close supervision educational inputs are given to facilitate the understanding of classroom teaching on field.


(1) Candidates who have passed qualifying Bachelor Degree Examination with minimum (10+2+3) or (10+2+4)in case of Technology/Engineering branches) or its equivalent in any discipline as a regular student from recognized university with atleast in aggregate 50 percent marks ( 45 % for SC ST) or an equivalent grade are eligible for applying for admission to the M.S.W./ M.H.R.M.  Programme.

The percentage aggregate of marks is to be calculated as per the practice followed by the concerned University/Institution. Those who are in the final year and who expect to complete all the requirements of graduation successfully can also apply.Candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s Degree programme but have not passed in all the courses (main/Major/Subsidiary etc.) of first and second years (if the Degree is of 3 years duration) and first, second and third years (if the degree is of 4 years duration) are not eligible to admission to any course.

(2) Candidate should have passed S.S.C and H.S.C. with English as one of the subject.

(a) Those who have passed graduation in other medium of instruction than English should have English as one of the subjects at graduation.

(b) Those who have English as medium of instruction at Graduate level and do not have English as a subject are also eligible to apply.

(3) Seats for SC and ST candidates, Nomadic Tribes and Denotified Tribes and SEBC shall be reserved as per Government rules.

(4) Candidates coming from Universities other than Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda will be finally accepted for admission only after obtaining Eligibility certificate from the M.S. University of Baroda.

(5) Admissions will be based on the candidates performance in the admission tests which will include written test ,group discussion and personal interview.

(6) If provisionally admitted students fails in the final year of his/her Bachelor’s Degree Examination and even if he/she has applied for re-evaluation at the University/college, he /she will not be allowed to continue the programme as the offer of provisional admission stands automatically cancelled.


On the basis of performance in the admissions test, 40 students shall be admitted to the first year of M.S.W. every year.


The M.S.W. course is two years full time Post-Graduate Degree course leading to Masters Degree in Social Work.

Requirement for the M.S.W. Degree course

Candidate on being admitted to the M.S.W. degree course will be expected to
a) Regular attendance in class-room (80% of the total lectures arranged) and field work (80% of the total weeks, with 20 hours a week.)

b) Timely submission of various assignments and fieldwork reports.

c) Active participation in class room and other activities.

d) Undertake an acceptable research work and submit its report on the scheduled day and time.

e) Successfully complete the viva-voce.

Teaching Programme

The teaching programme at the Faculty for the M.S.W. course includes credited courses in Theory, Fieldwork and Research. The Non-Credited activities includes Student Seminar, Extra Mural Activities , Rural Study Camp and Study Tour in a period of two years. Theory courses comprise of Background Courses, Field Courses and Method Courses.

Subjects Taught in MSW Programme

Background Courses
Provide for a multi-disciplinary framework to understand and analyze social realities. They are :

Ist Semester 7 Subjects 14 credits

 Background courses:


  1. Philosophy of Social Work 2 credit
  2. Introduction to Social Sciences 2 credit
  3. Human Growth and Behavior 2 credit
  4. Social Problems 2 credit


Method Courses:

  1. Social Case work : Concept and components 2 credit
  2. Social Group Work : Concept and components 2 credit
  3. Community Organization :Concept and components 2 credit


IInd Semester 7 Subjects 14 credits


Background courses:

  1. Psychopathology      2 credit


Method Courses :

  1. Social Work Intervention Individual     2 credit
  2. Social Work Intervention Group     2 credit
  3. Social Work Intervention Community 2 credit
  4. Social Work Research 2 credit


Practice Domain Courses :

  1. Labour Welfare and Human Resource Management 2 credit
  2. Social Development 2 credit


IIIrd Semester 5 Compulsory Subjects + 4 elective subjects 14 credits

 Method Courses:

  1. Information Processing and Research Applications 2 credit
  2. Management of NPOs / VOs 2 credit


Practice Domain:

  1. Medical and Psychiatric Social Work 2 credit
  2. Criminology and Correctional Social Work 2 credit
  3. Family Dynamics and Family Social Work 2 credit


Electives in Practice Domain :                                    4 credits


  1. Labour Welfare and Human Resource Management
  2. Human Resource Management
  3. Labour and Business Laws
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility
  5. Labour Welfare: Policy and Programmes


  1. Social Development

          El. 6. Rural and Tribal Development El .

          El. 7. Urban Community Development

         El . 8. Gender, Empowerment and Development

         El. 9. Human Rights

IV Semester 1 Compulsory Subject + 8 Electives subjects 10 credits

 Method Courses:


  1. Social work Administration and Social Policy     2 credits


Electives in practice domain                                       8 credits


           El. 5. Entrepreneurship Development

B       Social Development

           El.10 Working with Dalits

            El.11 People’s Governance and Social Action

C       Medical and Psychiatric Social Work

          El.12 Mental Health

          El.13 Community Health

          El.14 Health & Development

          El.15 Therapeutic Counseling

D     Criminology and Correctional Social Work

         El. 16 Juvenile Justice and Youth

         El. 17 Victimology

         El. 18 Penology

         El. 19 Rehabilitation in Correctional Setting

E     Family Dynamics and Family Social Work

       El. 20 Working with children

       El. 21 Working with youth

       El. 22 Working with women

       El. 23 Gerontological social Work

       El. 24 Working with disabled person

Field Work Programme

 A concurrent feature in the M.S.W. course. The student has to undertake fieldwork during three days a week, for 20 hours a week in a term of 15 weeks. This activity is to provide exposure to the students to the social realities, through the medium of a social organization. Thus, also help him understand, develop techniques and skills to handle these realities. The field work agency contributes in the entire process of learning by doing of the student. These agencies are in the rural and urban setting; Labour and Industrial Setting, Medical and Psychiatric Setting and Correctional Setting.

 Project Report

Each student is required to undertake the study of social work related area or topic, write a project report on the study done under the guidance of a Faculty member. This report is assessed by the internal guide and external expert, and graded. Seminar A compulsory exercise, offering academic learning for each student in the Sr. M.S.W. Seminar papers related to common topic decided by the joint effort of the Faculty staff and students, are papered and presented. Study Camps and Tours These programmes are compulsory and academic in content and nature, providing for additional social work field and profession related learning outside the Faculty and city of Baroda. Each student in the Jr. M.S.W. class has to participate in the Rural Study Camp and when in Sr. M.S.W. class, student has to participate in the Study tours to metro-cities of the country.

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