Master of Arts or MA in Social Work is a post-graduate degree which aims to equip a candidate with the knowledge of social practices and prepares them to work for the welfare of the society. Our country is full of diversity which leads to many such practices which can affect our society. To shield the individuals from ill effects of such practices there are many persons who work as social workers for the welfare of the society.
Social workers work for the resurgence of that section of society which is deprived of its basic amenities. This includes children, women, physically handicaps, backward class people etc.
Minimum eligibility for admission to MA in Social Work is a Bachelor’s degree in any stream. MA in Social work is a 2 year program, generally divided into 4 semesters which consists of theory and practical knowledge.
Average tuition fee for the course ranges from 20,000 to 30,000 INR for two years.
MA in Social Work makes one eligible for job opportunities in both government and non-government organizations which function in the area of social welfare. The initial salary in the field is not high and can be anywhere between 8,000 INR to 15,000 INR.
Master of Arts in Social Work is a course which emphasizes on the aspects necessary for humanitarian efforts in a society. No civilization is perfect and every society strives towards equality and justice. Social Work is a domain which focuses on the disadvantaged and the weaker sections of a society and emphasizes on their upliftment. This course aims to provide necessary insight and training which can aid in carrying out social work for welfare of citizens, animals, etc.
MA Social Work is an ideal course for those with a zeal to bring change in society. Since the course demands a progressive view in its pursuer plus a sensitive view towards the issues of social cause, a person with a heightened sense of responsibility towards citizen and society should opt or the course. The course also acts as a natural successor for courses like BA Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work.
MA in Social Work is of 2 years duration and each year is divided in 2 semesters making a total of 4 semesters. Out of these 4 semesters, the last semester is usually dedicated to research and dissertation.
After an MA in Social Work, there are options in research degree for those looking to pursue an academic career in Social Work. Students willing to continue studies in Social Work can opt for M.Phil. in Social Work which is available at universities like Christ University, Bangalore and Jaipur National University, Jaipur. PhD in Social Work is available at universities such as Bharathiar University and Jamia Millia Islamia Unievrsity. Another option for such candidates can be M.Phil. in Women Studies which is offered by universities such as Jadavpur University and University of Calicut.
Though studies in the field of Social Work is a fairly recent one, many Arts and Humanities Colleges in India offer an MA in Social Work. Some of the top institutes which offer this course are:
Name of Institute
Madras Christian College
St. Joseph’s College
Institute for Excellence in Higher Education
Jaipur National University
Chhatrapati Sahu Ji Maharaj University
Hindustan College of Arts and Science
Rajiv Gandhi College
Satwik Institute of Professional Studies
Shia PG College
Karpagam Arts and Science College
Stella Maris College
Heramba Chandra College
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Jamia Millia Islamia University
University of Delhi
Banaras Hindu University
Students with a Bachelor’s degree in any stream are eligible for admission to this course. Although there is no set criteria that a student with a Bachelor of Social Work or BA in Social Work are only eligible for the course, but they do enjoy preference while universities set out their respective shortlist. Certain universities also require a student to have a minimum of 55% marks in graduation for admission to MA Social Work program.
Admission to MA Social Work in most of the institutes is through an entrance test. The entrance test is generally conducted in the month of June or July. The entrance test paper is designed so as to test a candidate’s aptitude to work as human service professional. Some of the topics which are commonly asked in the test are:
The test is mostly of two hours duration. A candidate needs to score 40% marks in the entrance test to be eligible for interview. Some of the universities which conduct entrance test for admission to the course are:
Candidates who score a minimum requisite marks in the entrance test, which in most cases is 40%, are then called for a group discussion and personal interview. While group discussion may not be held by all universities, personal interview is a common selection criteria. The final list of selected candidates for admission is on the basis of their performance in the entrance test, personal interview and group discussion. The weightage for each criteria is as follows:
There are certain universities which do not conduct entrance test for admission and instead select candidates on the basis of marks scored in qualifying examination. An example is Jaipur National University which offers merit based admission. However, it does conduct an interview for shortlisting candidates.
MA Social Work is also available in correspondence mode for students at open universities such as Tamil Nadu Open University, Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi tendon Open University and Acharya Nagarjuna University.