Master of Social Work

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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

Admission Procedure

All admissions in the coming academic year 2014 to different courses of the Faculty of Social Work, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda are through online Registration only.

Admissions to MSW Course will be based on the candidate’s performance in the admission tests that will include written test, group discussion and personal interview. Seats for SC and ST Candidates, Nomadic Tribes and Denotified Tribes and SEBC shall be reserved as per Government rules. Candidates coming from outside the M.S. University of Baroda will be finally accepted for admission only after obtaining Eligibility certificate from the M.S. University of Baroda.

After initial screening of the applications, list of eligible students for admission test is declared. After clearing the test, the students will be called for personal interview and group discussion then admission will be finalized only after satisfactory performance in the interview and various tests administered by the Faculty. The Faculty reserves the right to refuse admission to any student found unsuitable without assigning any reasons. Applicants are directed to see notice board from time to time. No correspondence is entertained about these test.

Admission Requirement

Candidate must submit attested copies of following documents along with application form :

(1) Mark sheets of F.Y., S.Y. and T.Y., Degree Certificate.

(2) College bonnie certificate (if final year result is awaited-certificate should contain the candidate have appeared for the examination)

(3) School Leaving Certificate (12th)

(4) Provisional Eligibility Certificate from the Registrar, M.S. University of Baroda for students graduated other than M.S. University of Baroda.

(5) University Enrolment No. and Date : for students graduated from M.S. University (given by the respective faculty at overleaf of 12th School leaving original certificate).

(6) Two Testimonials, one of which should be from the Head of the Institution last attended . (To be submitted at the time of Personal Interview)

(7) Medical Certificate of fitness, stating that candidate is physically fit for 8 hours rigors work.

(8) Brief Biographical Sketch giving such information as is necessary for understanding applicant's personal background and interest in fields of Social Work .

Admission Tests

Phase I : Consists of multiple choice and/or of short answers which includes of a)Social Science Test b) English Language Test c)Social Sensitivity Test d) Social Awareness Test.

Candidate may refer MSU Website for more details.

Phase II : a) Group Discussion and b) Personal Interview.

Download Test Syllabus

Course Fees

For Boys Rs.4,810/- For Girls Rs.3010/-. Computer Lab Fees,Examination Fees will be extra.(subect to change without notice).

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.

Credit Distribution:

Courses Credits
Background Courses 10
Methods Courses 20
Compulsory Course in Practice Domain 10
Electives in Practice Domain 12
Total 52
Field Work 32
(8 credits x 4 semesters)
Seminar 2
Research 6
Camp 2
Study Tour 2
Final Viva Voce 4
Total 100

Details related to selection of students in elective field courses.

  1. Each elective course will have minimum of 5 students and maximum of 15 students.
  2. Each student will give their choices of electives in order of preference by end of the IInd term.
  3. Students will be allotted elective courses in order of merit.
  4. Each elective will be of one credit.
  5. Each student will have to take minimum one credit from each of the practice domain  across two semesters.
  6. That is they can take that one elective either in Semester III Or IV
  7. In short each of the student will have minimum of  three credits of each of the  Practice Domain course i.e. Two credits of compulsory  course in Practice domain and One credit of any of the elective of that domain

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
A. Labour Welfare and Human Resource Management

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

B. Social Development
El. 6. Rural  and Tribal Development  
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.


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.

Evaluation and Assessment

There is concurrent and internal method of evaluation of the student’s performance throughout the four terms, in the span of two years of M.S.W. Course Study.

The performance of the student is evaluated as per the seven point scale mentioned below :

Grade              Qualitative                 Quantitative         Range                      
Points              Grade                            Grade                     
       10              Outstanding                       O                       Above 9.01     
       9                Excellent                            A                       8.01 - 9.00      
       8                Very Good                          B                       7.01 - 8.00      
       7                Good                                  C                       6.01 - 7.00      
       6                Fair                                    D                       5.01 -  6.00     
       5                Average                             E                       4.01-  5.00      
       4                Dropped                             F                       4 and below

Note : The above grading scale is applicable to students passing from the year 2012-13 onwards.

Students Association

Curricular activities are supplemented and complimented by co-curricular activities like cultural activities. Welcome and farewell programmes, sports and celebrations, planned and organized by Students Association, under the guidance and supervision of Dean of Students.

Job Placements

The Faculty encourages and invites for job placements for its students in NGO’s, Industrial and Corporate houses, and similar kind organizations. Campus Interviews are scheduled to facilitate final job selections.

Contact Person

Prof. M.N.Parmar
Dean & Head

Contact No

Tel : 91-265-2791411 Fax: 91-265-2794212


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