M. S. W.


India – poised to be the most populous country in the world, is also home to the most diversified strata of society anywhere on this globe. Such diversity brings up equally diverse social challenges that needs a lot more beyond, a responsive public policy. In this context, the 2-year specialized program in Master’s in Social Work at Chanakya University is designed to create well-rounded professionals with a deep sense of social and civic responsibility who can understand and intervene into the ever-diverse social challenges.

This program comprises courses that prepare students through a stimulating classroom experience while complimenting them, which are equally strong practicum components spread across all the semesters. Research methods in social sciences are one of the important required courses in this program. In this regard, the M.S.W. program helps students to apply a scientific approach to the study of social problems while carrying out their dissertation/ research.


  • Social work practitioners that Chanakya University aims to graduate will.
  • Be able to serve as skilled practitioners who engage with societal problems from an ethical perspective recognizing diversity.
  • Serve as change agents who advance social, economic, and environmental justice and also promote human rights.
  • Become leaders who value and appreciate human relationships as much as the synergistic relationship of human civilization with nature.
  • Practice scientific enquiry and lifelong learning.
  • Multi-lateral bi-lateral agencies
  • Big International NGOs
  • Foundations / Think tanks
  • CSR division of corporate houses
  • Government departments intervening into social dysfunction
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Cooperatives
  • Industrial relations and personal management offices
  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Hands on practice of social work in reputed and change making NGOs
  • Interaction with established professionals to inform practice aspects of theory
  • Ethnographic understanding of social problems during field study
  • Opportunity to intern at Big NGOs[BINGOs] and International NGOs[INGOs]
  • Participatory research in Asia
  • International society for Third sector Research [ISTR] JHU, Baltimore
  • Social solidarity economy, Manila, Philippines
  • Eco-Foundation for sustainable alternatives
  • Charles Leopold Mayers foundation

Academic Calendar 

September 2023- June 2024

Course Structure

Course TypeCourse TiltleCourse Credit
Semester 1CoreIntroduction to Professional Social Work4
CoreHuman Growth and Development4
CoreSocial Case Work4
CoreSocial Group Work4
Special PaperCommunication Skills for Social Workers4
Special PaperPersonal and Professional Growth4
CoreField Work/Practicum 14
Semester 2CoreCommunity Organisation4
CoreSocial Work Research and Statistics4
CoreCounselling – Theory and Practise4
Special PaperSocial Action – Networking and Advocacy4
Special PaperDevelopment Paradigms for the Empowerment of the Marginalized4
CoreField Work/Practicum 24
Open ElectiveLife Skills for Quality Living4
Semester 3CoreSocial Policy, Law, Governance and Social Work4
CoreMedical and Psychiatric Social Work4
CoreHuman Resource Management and Development4
Special PaperOrganisational Behaviour and Organisational Development4
Special PaperSocial Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development4
CoreField Work/ Practicum 34
Open ElectiveMental Health and Counselling4
Semester 4CoreManagement of Welfare and Development Organisations4
CoreRural Urban and Tribal Community Development4
CoreLabour Legislation and Industrial Relations4
Special PaperProject Management for Participatory Development4
Special PaperWomen Child and Correctional Social Work4
CoreDissertation/Research Project4
CoreField Work/Practicum 44