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Mangaluru – 575013

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Kavoor Rd, Vidya Nagar,
Mangaluru – 575013

Master of Social Work

Dr. M.V Shetty Institute of Professional Sciences and Management, established in the year 1999, is the second college to start Social Work Education under Mangalore University. The College ensures excellence in professional education and instils high moral and professional standards to create quality human resources.

About Course

The Master of Social Work program at Dr. M.V. Shetty Institute of Professional Sciences and Management is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to make a meaningful impact in the field of social work. This two-year postgraduate program is rooted in the principles of social justice, human rights, and community development.

Throughout the course, students will delve into various specializations, including Community Development, Medical and Psychiatric Social Work, and Human Resource Management. They will be trained to act as advocates for social causes, facilitate healthcare provision, and nurture capabilities in the human resource development program. The curriculum includes both theoretical and practical components, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in real-world social work scenarios.



On Completion of the two years  in Master of Social Work program, the graduate will be able to :

Duration of the Programme :

2 years in 4 semesters

Key Information

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Course Type

    Bachelor Degree

  • Campus

    Main Campus

  • Semester


  • Course Type

    Full Time


Admission to the first-year programme shall be open to the candidates who have passed 3 years degree examination of Mangalore University or equivalent thereto in Arts, Sciences, Commerce, BBM, Law, HRD and any other courses approved by the Mangalore University with a minimum of 45% (40% for SC/ST Candidates) marks in the optional subjects

MSW being a professional course, the curriculum consists of Theory Classes, Field Work/ Practical Training, Rural Camp, Study tour, Seminars, Research Projects, Block Placement/ Internship etc.

Theory :

There will be four theory papers in the I semester, five theory papers in the II & III semester and three theory papers in the IV semester. Each theory Paper shall carry a maximum of 100 marks out of which 30 marks shall be for internal assessment. The remaining 70 marks shall be for University examinations, which shall be conducted as per the rules and regulations prescribed by the university. The internal assessment of 30 marks shall be based on two compulsory tests and an Assignment.


The practicum consists of concurrent fieldwork of 16 hours per week. A student shall be placed in a community/organization to gain experience of working with people at individual, intra-group, community and organizational levels during the first two semesters and in a setting appropriate to their specialization during the last two semesters. The students work under the guidance of a faculty and agency supervisor.

The practicum of the I Semester includes orientation visits, 7 days of Rural camp in the II Semester, Observation visits and a study tour of seven days in the III Semester. At the end of the IV semester, the students will have to undergo a block placement / Internship of four weeks.

Research Project:

The research project is a compulsory paper which offers students an opportunity to plan a study, prepare research tools, collect data in the field, analyse the data, and write up the project under the guidance of the faculty. A student shall select the research topic in the second semester itself in consultation with the faculty in charge of each specialization and report the same to the head of the institution in writing. Research Project will be assessed by the internal guide (30 marks) and by the external (70 marks) during the IV semester.


A student must have 75% attendance in each subject and field work practicum to be eligible to attend the University examination. The candidate, who does not satisfy the requirement of attendance, shall not be eligible to take the whole examination of the concerned semester.

Documents required for Admission

Following Original Certificates should be submitted at the time of Admission with one set of attested copy.

  • Aadhar Id(Xerox copy)
  • SSLC/10th Marks card
  • HSC/PUC/10+2 Marks card
  • Degree marks cards of all the years.
  • Transfer certificate issued by the college last studied
  • Character/conduct certificate issued by the College last studied
  • Provisional Pass Certificate/ Degree certificate issued by the University
  • Migration certificate issued by the University for students other than Mangalore University.
  • Eligibility Certificate from Mangalore University (other than Mangalore University).
  • Physical fitness/Medical certificate.
  • Pass port size photograph 10 Nos
  • For students from Nepal: Provisional Pass Certificate or Degree certificate issued by the University/Board, Nepalese citizenship certificate, Date of birth in Indian Almanac (A.D.) and Equivalence certificate
  • For students from other country: Pass port and student visa and date of birth in Indian Almanac.


Our pedagogy for the Master of Social Work (MSW) program is rooted in a learner-centric and experiential learning framework. We believe in nurturing students to become compassionate and skilled social work professionals. Our approach includes:

  1. Interactive Learning: Engaging classroom discussions, case studies, and group activities facilitate a deep understanding of social work theories, practices, and ethical considerations.

  2. Fieldwork Experience: Practical exposure through field placements in diverse social work settings, including hospitals, communities, and organizations, enables students to apply classroom learning to real-world situations.

  3. Research and Analysis: Encouraging research projects and data-driven analysis empowers students to critically assess social issues and contribute to evidence-based solutions.

  4. Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Exposure to various fields such as community development, medical and psychiatric social work, and human resource management broadens students’ perspectives and equips them with versatile skills.

  5. Ethical and Inclusive Practice: Emphasizing ethical standards, cultural sensitivity, and inclusivity ensures that students graduate as socially responsible professionals.

  6. Professional Development: Soft skills training, workshops, and seminars enhance students’ communication, leadership, and advocacy abilities.

  7. Mentorship: Guidance from experienced faculty and practitioners nurtures students’ growth as socially conscious and competent social work professionals.

Career Paths

  1. Clinical Social Worker: Provide direct counseling and support to individuals and families facing various challenges, such as mental health issues, addiction, or domestic problems.
  2. Medical Social Worker: Work in healthcare settings to assist patients and their families in navigating the healthcare system, accessing resources, and coping with illnesses.
  3. School Social Worker: Focus on supporting students’ academic and social development, addressing issues like bullying, absenteeism, and special education needs.
  4. Child Welfare Case Worker: Work with child protective services or social service agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of children in at-risk situations.
  5. Geriatric Social Worker: Specialize in providing services to elderly individuals, including assistance with healthcare, housing, and end-of-life planning.
  1. Community Organizer: Lead community initiatives, advocate for social change, and empower marginalized groups to improve their living conditions.
  2. Policy Analyst/Advocate: Research and analyze social policies, and work with government agencies or advocacy groups to influence policy decisions and promote social justice.
  3. Substance Abuse Counselor: Help individuals struggling with addiction to overcome their substance abuse issues through counseling and support.
  4. International Social Worker: Engage in humanitarian work and address global issues, such as refugee resettlement, human rights, and disaster relief.
  5. Academic/Researcher: Pursue a career in academia or research institutions, contributing to the field’s knowledge base through teaching and research projects.

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