About the Program

The Masters of Social Work (MSW) program at Kean University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The curriculum for the MSW major is guided by nine core competency areas of the CSWE along with the program’s mission and goals.  The curriculum prepares students for social work practice through mastery of the CSWE core competencies (see full description of competencies and practice behaviors below).

The MSW program has served the neighboring communities for over 15 years.  Our alumni have gone on to serve the social work profession locally, nationally and internationally as direct social work practitioners, supervisors, administrators and educators. The MSW program prides itself for its quality of instruction which prepares students for evidence-based practice.  It supports a university-wide climate of respect and celebration of diversity, anchored in the Human Rights Institute.  Faculty are dedicated and committed to ensuring that the MSW program graduates critical thinkers adept at professional values of human dignity, social and economic justice for practice as direct practitioners.


The Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Kean University is committed to expanding learning opportunities to a diverse student body that is representative of the community it serves. It also fosters the development of clinically competent, ethically-grounded, technologically-informed professional social workers to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, groups and communities. The MSW at Kean University aims to promote economic and social justice through evidenced –based clinical practice, research-informed advocacy and service. 


These nine core competencies guide the curriculum content and field work learning expectations for all accredited MSW programs.  The competencies guide performance and evaluation.

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, Communities

Competency 8: Intervene with individuals, families, groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities


Updated 8/3/17