17 May 2017

Master of Social Work (MSW) Program in Manipal University (MU), Karnataka

About Manipal University (MU)

MU is a renowned centre of excellence in teaching and in providing quality education in India and in other parts of the world making it a universally accepted destination by students. The breadth of disciplines and collaboration among constituent institutions give unparalleled opportunity to students to cross departmental boundaries and explore different horizons.  MU is equipped with world class facilities, state-of-art infrastructure, and dedicated faculty for teaching, learning, training, research excellence and service.
Master of Social Work Manipal University

Social Work

Social work profession promotes social development, cohesion, and empowerment of people by intervening at different levels from individual and group level to building world peace. The profession is rooted in the principles of social justice and human rights. Social Work encompasses designing, execution and evaluation of sustainable interventions with different population in various human service sectors and the environment. All over the World, Social Work profession has been well recognised for its relevance in child and adolescent development, community mobilisation, women empowerment, public health, mental health, disabilities, social gerontology, building human resources and disaster mitigation.

About MSW programme

MSW Programme at MU started in the year 2009 with a focus to develop a cadre of skilled Social Workers to manage emerging challenges in service, development and corporate sectors.  The training in MSW course at MU provides students a rigorous, comprehensive, constructive and progressive experience of growth with the help of richly experienced faculty members. Didactic lectures, individual exercises, role-plays, case studies, group tasks, educative games and watching documentaries followed by discussion are some of the common teaching strategies used to enhance students learning.
Master of Social Work Manipal University
Master of Social Work Manipal University

Ample opportunities are offered to the students to interact with the subject academicians and practitioners from Public Health, Media and Communication, Management, Humanities, Medicine, NGOs and Corporates through conferences, workshops, seminars and guest lectures. Students are offered opportunities to interact with the students and faculties from Universities overseas. The training is strengthened through engaging students in conducting a number of research and service projects and present their experiences in seminars and conferences.


MSW programme at MU aims to become a leading centre of excellence in education, training and research in social care and development.

Specialisations offered

The Master of Social Work (MSW) programmes offers the following specialisations:
Community Development
Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Medical and Psychiatric Social Work


Students exchange programme with Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Competency driven curriculum
Multidisciplinary campus
Over 90% job placement
Participatory teaching – learning methodologies
State of art sports facilities

Career Opportunities

More than 90% of the Social Work students are in various Governmental & Non-Governmental Organisations. Some of the organisations include Manipal Technologies and Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, Toyota Kirloskar, NIMHANS, Accenture, ITC, Arvind Motors, Wipro Technologies, Shahi Exports and ING Vysya in Bangalore, Ministry of Tribal Welfare (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), National Rural Health Mission (Assam), and Sarthee Consultancy (Pune). Higher education aspirants are pursuing their higher studies in premier institutions like Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, NIMHANS, Bangalore and KMC, Manipal.

Quotes from Alumni

“Studying in one of the word class University was the best feeling. Meeting people around the globe improved the territory of thoughts and ideas. Manipal provides updated and current syllabus for the MSW course.... Use of modern technologies and equipments in teaching” - Abinash Biswal from Odisha

“The 2 year MSW program was a life changing experience.....” – Carismah H Coutinho from Bangalore

“Apart from lecture the course also provides a platform for class presentation of students (Individual & Group), Class Discussion, Journal Club, Video Screening related to subjects followed by discussion breaks the monotonous teaching thereby motivates me not only to listen and learn but also explores the creativity within me” – Shabana Moidu from Andamans

“MSW at Manipal helps individual to grow overall and that is the beauty of this course” – Nylek Nair from Chennai

Quotes from exchange students

“The Social Work Elective has been an once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, because of both, the curricular and the extracurricular experiences I was able to gain. From the very first second, I felt absolutely welcome, appreciated and supported by everyone at Manipal University, who were caring about our well-being in every sense, always. The curriculum absolutely fit my expectations and interests, especially the field visits at different NGOs and health institutions.” - Tjark Hoppen, Exchange Student from Maastricht University, The Netherlands

“This has been one of the best decisions, as I've learnt so much about the Indian healthcare system both within the classroom but more importantly out in the field where we collaborated with various healthcare related NGOs. I would highly recommend  this course to all of my peers across the world, as studying within an economically developing country such as India will add a unforgettably valuable element to your skill-sets.“ - Donna Campbell, Exchange Student from Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Course Structure

The course duration is split into four semesters over two years. Each semester consists of four theory papers and a field work practicum. Across all semesters, fieldwork experiences are given significant priority. Writing up a dissertation in the fourth semester and a block placement at the end of the course for 4 weeks are mandatory. Students’ performance will be evaluated based on credit system.

Who can apply?

Graduates in social sciences, arts, commerce, management, engineering and health sciences from a recognised University with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks.

How to apply?

You can apply online @ www.manipal.edu
Applications are available at selected branches of State Bank of India.
Write to the Director, Admissions with course and complete postal address (Include pin code, telephone number and email address, if any) by enclosing a DD for Rs.600/- drawn on ‘Manipal University’ payable at Manipal or Udupi (Karnataka).

Mr. Teddy Andrews Ms. Ida D’Souza
Email: teddy.andrews[at]manipal[dot]edu Email: ida.dsouza[at]manipal[dot]edu

Prasanna School of Public Health
Manipal University, Manipal – 576104
Udupi District. Karnataka. India
Email: admissions[at]manipal[dot]edu / publichealth.mu[at]manipal[dot]edu