Master of Scocial Work (MSW) is a two year (four semesters) full-time post-graduate programme under Dibrugarh University. This programme consists of theory and practice components, taught and learned through a combination of lectures, field work and research project.

The MSW programme is designed to equip the students with sound theoretical knowledge about social work, social welfare and development concerns of the poor, and enable the students to develop skills and insights into working with people at the individual, group and community levels, and their representatives, and network with other groups and professionals working on similar issues.


Today the society is becoming more and more complex and varied in its working. The prime slogan of today’s world is the “survival of the fittest”. This has increased the number of helpless, deprived and disadvantaged. Here the role of social work comes into play. Social work utilize resources to sort out the problems of such people and try to ameliorate and alleviate their pain and suffering. Social workers try to prevent social problems caused by poverty, unemployment, inadequate health and education facility, alcoholism, drugs abuse. They also try to improve the life of certain disadvantaged like disabled, old aged, orphan and helpless women.

Social work is not just about doing good deeds and helping the under-privileged. Over a period of time, it has evolved into a profession. Correctly it is not a ‘conventional’ career. But with issues of disability, drug misuse, poverty, mental ill health, problems associated with aging etc. rising constantly, social work has become a vital need of our society today.

If you are willing to take up a profession for emotional fulfillment and if your purpose of working is not just financial, this would be the ideal career for you.


There are ample job opportunities for MSW degree holders in both the government as well as non-governmental sector. Opportunity in the government sector is mainly in the community development projects pertaining to health, education, rural development, child, woman and tribal welfare etc. Work in NGOs’ can be specific to either urban or rural area. Postgraduates in Social Work also have job opportunities in the industrial and corporate sector. Students opting social work as career may find job in child welfare and family service agencies for providing mental, health, medical, educational and correctional services. Some MSW degree holders can prefer to be self-employed by establishing their own NGOs. Globalisation has widened the scope of employment for student opting for social work as their career. They may choose to join international NGOs like Amnesty International, Oxfam and Green Peace etc. New problems relating to environment has further forced social work to transgress its traditional limit. Now many NGOs and government agencies are working for environmental protection and conservation where people from social work background can find a good as well as lucrative job


The minimum qualification for admission to MSW programme is a Bachelor Degree in any stream under 10+2+3 pattern, from a recognized university securing minimum 45% marks in major or in agreegate (40% for SC, ST & OBC).

NO. OF SEATS : Total number of seats is 40.

FEE STRUCTURE : Please click here for detailed fee structure


For Admission into MSW Course, c andidates would be assessed for selection through the following:
A. Academic background: 30 marks
B. Written test (1 hour - 50 marks): The test will be written in English. The written test will assess a candidate’s knowledge of and sensitivity to contemporary social issues and his/her proficiency in English –written communication skills, comprehension and analytical abilities. There is no prescribed syllabus or format for the written test.
C. Group Discussion (20 minutes - 20 marks): The group discussion is to assess the
candidate’s ability to conceptualize ideas, communicate effectively, contribute meaningfully in a group, and his/her interactive skills.
D. Personal Interview (10 to 15 minutes - 50 marks): The purpose of personal interview before a panel of experts is to find out the level of interest and aptitude for social work, skills of dealing with people, the experiences of helping people and the ability to cope with and learn from new situations.
To qualify for admission, the candidate is required to secure a minimum of 40% marks separately in the personal interview, group discussion and the written test.
Selected candidates are expected to take admission during the office hours on the specified dates.


Introduction to Social Work Social Work Practice with Individuals
Society and Indian Social Issues Social Work Practice with Groups
Human Growth & Development Governance, Social Policy, Law & Social Work
Skills for Social Work Practitioners Quantitative Research In Social Work
Social Work Practice with Communities Qualitative Research In Social Work
Concurrent Field Work-I Concurrent Field Work-II
Administration & management of Social Welfare Org. Tribal Development
Computer Application of Social Work Specialisation Paper-1
Specialisation Paper-1 Specialisation Paper-2
Specialisation Paper-2 Research Project
Elective Paper Concurrent Field Work-IV
Concurrent Field Work-III Block Field Work

Specialisation Electives
Community Development DisasterManagement 
Medical & Psychiatric Social Work Project Cycle Management
Family & Child Welfare Peace Building
Human Resource Management HIV /AIDS : Stigma, Discrimination & Prevention