IGNOU MSW Admission 2020: Date, Eligibility, Fees, Syllabus, Course

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Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers a wide range of open learning courses in all the streams like arts, science, technology, management, commerce, etc. IGNOU School of Social Work offers MSW (Masters in Social Work). Registration for the program has been closed for January 2020 session. Next, Registration will start in the month of June for June 2020 IGNOU Admissions.

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IGNOU MSW Course Details

Masters in Social Work(MSW) is a postgraduate course that uses social sciences, sociology, psychology, political science, public health, community development, law, and economics to solve problems at individual and community levels. It encompasses 14 subjects for which there are annual exams.

Minimum Duration2 years
Maximum Duration5 years
EligibilityAny Bachelor Degree from any recognized university
Course FeeINR 32,400
Minimum AgeNo Bar
Maximum AgeNo Bar

Note: Course Fee: INR 32,400 for the full program to be paid year wise @ INR 16,200 per year (Subject to change from time to time as per University norms)

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IGNOU MSW Application Process

IGNOU offers admission to MSW courses on basis of percentage scored in bachelor degree. The application procedure is online and one can get admission through online mode only.

Application steps in MSW Courses

  • Visit the IGNOU Website.
  • Fill the form for new registration if you are not a registered candidate.
  • Select your course, and note down its Course ID.
  • Next, click on “Application”
  • Fill the form for the candidate’s application.
  • Pay the course fees for one year.
  • Upload the required documents.
  • Click on the submit button.
  • Your application is provisionally accepted. 

Note: After verifying all the details, and documents, your application will be finally accepted by the authorities and your admission will be confirmed.

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IGNOU MSW Admission Keypoints

  • The candidates are advised to download the prospectus and read the instructions carefully before filling up the form
  • The candidates should remember their Username and Password for subsequent login
  • The application fee can be paid by the following methods
    • Credit Card (Master/Visa)
    • Debit Card (Master/Visa/Rupay)
    • Net Banking
    • ATM Card (PNB)

IGNOU MSW Program Structure

The University follows the credit system for its Master’s Degree Programme. Each credit amounts to 30 hours of study comprising all learning activities. Thus, a 4 credit course involves 120 study hours, a 6 credit course involves 180 study hours and 10 credit course involves 300 study hours. To successfully complete the MSW program, you will have to earn 66 credits over a period of 2 to 5 years depending on your convenience.

The Master’s Degree Programme in MSW has three major components: 1. Compulsory Papers 38 Credits 2. Optional Papers 8 Credits 3. Field Work 20 Credits Total 66 Credits

Compulsory Papers

The students have to earn 38 credits in Compulsory papers. The list of compulsory courses is given below.

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit
MSW-001Origin and Development of Social Work (Theory)4
MSW-002Professional Social Work: Indian Perspectives (Theory)4
MSW-003Basic Social Science Concepts4
MSW-004Social Work and Social Development (Theory)4
MSW-005Social Work Practicum and Supervision (Theory)4
MSW-006Social Work Research (Theory) 6
MSW-007Case Work and Counselling: Working with individuals4
MSW-008Social Group Work: Working with groups4
MSW-009Community Organization Management for Community Development 4

Optional courses in social work

These courses are opted in second year of the MSW program.

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit
MSWE-001HIV/AIDS: Stigma, Discrimination, and Prevention4
MSWE-002Women and Child Development4
MSWE-002Disaster Management4
MSW-010Introduction to Philanthropic Social Work4
MSWP-001Dissertation (Project Work) 6

Course Code Course Title Credit MSWE-001 HIV/AIDS: Stigma, Discrimination, and Prevention 4 MSWE-002 Women and Child Development 4 MSWE-002 Disaster Management 4 MSW-010 Introduction to Philanthropic Social Work 4 MSWP-001 Dissertation (Project Work)  6 Course Code Course Title Credit MSWE-001 HIV/AIDS: Stigma, Discrimination, and Prevention 4 MSWE-002 Women and Child Development 4 MSWE-002 Disaster Management 4 MSW-010 Introduction to Philanthropic Social Work 4 MSWP-001 Dissertation (Project Work)  6

Additional optional courses will be offered at a later stage.

Field Work Components

The third component of the MSW program is the Field Work Practicum. The University has prepared two Field Work Journals for the 1st and 2nd year separately. Each year you are expected to successfully complete 10 credits of Field Work Practicum under the guidance of a professionally qualified Social Worker.

Therefore ensure from the coordinator at the study center that your supervisor has formal qualifications in social work at the post-graduation level. Completion of Field Work in MSW Ist year is mandatory for starting the social work practicum of the second year.

List of Field Work Components

MSWL-0011st yearSocial Work Practicum-I (Practical)10
MSWL-0022nd yearSocial Work Practicum-II (Practical)10

“In case a student wants to have assignments, he/she can obtain a copy of the same from the Study Centre or Regional Centre or may download it from the IGNOU website.

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IGNOU MSW Study Material

Study material are dispatched prior to the assignment submit date. One can choose to opt for online or offline study material. One can study from online sources till the time offline material is dispatched. But if you are opting for offline study material, you need to pay at the time of admission fee. 

Note: If you do not get material in time write to Registrar, MPDD, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi - 110068.


Ques. How many credits are there in MSW Program?

Ans. There are in all 66 credits in MSW Program.

Ques. What to do if you do not receive the study material in time?

Ans. If you do not get material in time write to: Registrar, MPDD, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi - 110068.

Ques. If a student does not appear for the first year exam, is he eligible to register for the second year examination?

Ans. After the first year, whether you pass the first year examinations or not, you can seek admission for the second year by submitting the course registration form with requisite programme fee within the re-registration schedule as notified by the university.

Ques. What is the evaluation scheme for MSW Course in IGNOU?

Ans. Theory Courses: i) Continuous Evaluation through assignments carries 30% weightage and ii) Term-end examination carries 70% weightage. Social Work Practicum: i) Evaluation done by supervisor carries 50% weightage, & ii) External evaluation carries 50% weightage. 23 The Dissertation (Project work) carries 100% weightage.

Ques. What are the minimum marks required for passing theory marks?

Ans. Minimum 40% marks are required separately in continuous evaluation and term-end examination to complete each theory course.

Ques. What is the grading system for the evaluation of marks?

Ans. Depending on the percentage of marks secured by a candidate, the divisions will be awarded as follows: Ist Division - 60% and above IInd Division - 50% but below 60% IIIrdDivision - 40% but below 50% Unsuccessful - Below 40%.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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