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Updated on 16 Aug, 2013

Master in Social Work (Philanthropy) (MSW)

Minimum Duration: 2 Years
Maximum Duration: 2 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 7,500
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university/institution.

Note: Course fee of Rs 7,500 is per semester

Medium: English


Objectives of the programme


MSW (with specialization in philanthropic social work) is perhaps the first of its kind across the globe. It is offered in English at IGNOU, New Delhi.
The curriculum has been designed to help the learner in understanding the origin and development of professional social work across the globe with a unique paper on
professional social work in Indian context, special focus on the three primary methods of social work practice namely, social case work, social group work and community organisation management for community development; theory paper on social work practicum and supervision and specialisation papers on philanthropic social work.
The field practicum has been designed in such a way that each learner would be provided adequate opportunities of gaining knowledge, information and the much needed skills for working with the poorest of the poor that include the destitute, orphans, leprosy as well as HIV infected patients, prostitutes, mentally ill and the mentally retarded, refugees, landless and homeless labourers and those in correctional settings.
The concept of philanthropic social work is relevant to developing countries, where interventions among the poorest of the poor are much needed. Some of the interventions including those of Baba Amte, Acharya Vinoba Bhave and Mother Teresa have been found to be acceptable across the globe. Their approaches and especially the use of the Social Action method to ameliorate the sufferings of the needy and poorest of the poor have been adequately highlighted in the syllabus.
MSW (Philanthropy) is perhaps the first of its kind across the globe. Professional social work has its origin in Charity Organisation Societies (COS). Philanthropic Social Work has its origin in the vision, mission and charitable works of philanthropists, who devoted their lives for serving the poorest of the poor.
This Programme would be of great interest to developing countries in South Asia, Africa, South America and particularly the Indian sub-continent.
This programme has been designed to develop a cadre of professionally qualified social workers with total commitment to help the downtrodden to live in dignity for the rest of their lives.
Specifically, the objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • To provide professional training at post graduate level in social work with specialization in philanthropy.
  • To train a cadre of professionally qualified social workers to work amongst the poorest of the poor and thus to improve the social conditions of the disadvantaged sections of the society.
  • To help the learner in understanding the origin and development of professional social work across the globe
  • To enable students understand the diverse social issues, distinct nature of oppression and discrimination and their implications.
  • To develop skills and techniques amongst the students in order to enable them apply strategies of social change aiming towards social justice.
  • To offer opportunity to learners for higher studies in professional social work.


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