The Amrita MSW is a two-year full-time residential program which requires high levels of concentration, long hours of work and sustained commitment from students. Its credit-based system allows tremendous flexibility in matters of course design, curricula, timeframe, teaching and learning methodologies, and evaluation procedures. 

The curriculum is on par with that of the best international institutions in the field of Social Work, while taking into account the specific requirements of the Social Work profession in the Indian context. 

The MSW program maintains a healthy balance between classroom sessions and field practice.

In the first semester, students are introduced to basic concepts in Social Work and the values and ethics integral to the Social Work profession. Students undertake observational visits to selected social service agencies and health care centers offering community services.

In the second semester, the curriculum teaches various perspectives and diverse methods of Social Work, giving students the requisite theoretical foundation and professional skills to do Social Work. During third and fourth semesters, students concentrate on the specialization of their choice: Community Development, Disaster Management, Child Rights or Health/ Mental Health.Students are involved in field work with selected agencies, both concurrent with academic courses and separately in blocks. In the fourth semester, students are required to do a ten-week research project with a social service organization in their area of specialization. This gives them exposure to the functioning of social service organizations, familiarizes them with their future roles in the profession and teaches them to do field-based research projects and create research reports and presentations.

MSW students also provide counseling services for local people with psycho/social/emotional problems and have developed several grant proposals. The MSW Student Association works to raise awareness of human needs in this era of technology. It frequently displays wall posters on current social issues, problems and needs, to inform and educate students and the public. Students also conduct seminars and workshops on Drugs and Alcohol Abuse, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Management. MSW students are also active in Amrita's diverse cultural and spiritual activities.Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been in a long standing cooperation with foreign universities, organizations and related institutions.International partnerships involve programs in education and research suited to national as well as international development.

These innovative programs prepare students to become advocates for social equality and social justice. The Department of Social Work offering MSW Programme was started in two campuses, Ettimadai-Coimbatore (Tamilnadu) & Amritapuri- Kollam (Kerala), in the academic year 2007-08. It has also engaged itself in strengthening social work practice, research and field projects. Besides the regular teaching and fieldwork, the Department of Social Work organises a large number of professionally useful training programmes, certificate courses and workshops.

The AMRITA MSW Advantage

  • Among the 3 categories of Deemed Universities in the country, Amrita is placed in Category-1 by the MHRD, GOI
  • Qualified and experienced fulltime faculty
  • Nationally and internationally recognized experts as visiting faculty
  • Wide and diversified settings for concurrent field work, unmatched learning experience through closely supervised field work
  • Block placements and internships in nationally & internationally reputed voluntary (NGOs/ INGOs) and corporate organizations, government departments, as well as at the development projects of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math
  • Credit-based curriculum and continuous evaluation under semester pattern
  • A dedicated in-house ‘Training & Placement Directorate’
  • Students from different parts of the country including North and North East India.
  • International alliances and excellent infrastructure facilities
  • Unparalleled benefits of living and studying in a huge campus

Specializations Offered

  • Community Development
  • Physical and Mental Health.[Medical & Psychiatric Social Work]
  • Disaster Management
  • Child Rights & Child Protection

Field Education

Field education is the signature pedagogy for social work. Consistent with the mission of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, the students are bestowed with an opportunity to transcend theoretical knowledge by engaging in educational endeavors that helps nurture their skills and appreciate the realities of coping with complex problems in the quest to improve the quality of life and subjective well-being of the society.


Semester I

Course Code Course Title
17SWK501 Foundations of Social Work Practice
17SWK502 Psychosocial Perspectives and Counselling
17SWK503 Society, Change and Development
17SWK504 Working with Individuals
17SWK505 Working with Groups
17SWK591 Concurrent Fieldwork I
17SWK592 Rural, Urban or Tribal Camp
15CUL501 Cultural Education

Semester 2

Course Code Course Title
17SWK511  Working with Communities
17SWK512 Introduction to Child Rights and Child Protection
17SWK513 Introduction to Disaster Management
17SWK514  Introduction to Physical and Mental Health
17SWK515  Social Work Research
17SWK596 Concurrent Fieldwork II & Winter Internship$
15AVP501 Amrita Values Program

Semester 3

Course Code Course Title
17SWK601 Social Legislation for Vulnerable Groups
17SWK602 Project Formulation and Management
17SWK603 Social Welfare Policy and Administration
  Elective Paper I
  Elective Paper II
17SWK691 Concurrent Fieldwork III/ Internship I & Summer Internship#
15SWK690 Live-in-Lab.@/ Open Elective*
17SWK698 Research Project - Part 1

Semester 4

Course Code Course Title
17SWK611 Corporate Social Responsibility
  Elective Paper III
  Elective Paper IV
17SWK696 Concurrent Fieldwork IV/ Internship II
17SWK697 Block Field Placement - June
17SWK699 Research Project - Part 2

List of elective courses based on specilaization ( Student can opt any one Specialization)


Course Code Course Title
17SWK631 Rural and Tribal Community Development
17SWK632 Urban Community Development and Good Governance
17SWK633 Climate Change and Sustainable Development
17SWK634 Technological Interventions for Community Development


Course Code Course Title
17SWK641 Social Work Practice in Mental Health
17SWK642 Community Care in Mental Health
17SWK643 Social Work Practice in Physical Health
17SWK644 Community Care in Physical Health
You can join this program at
Postgraduate (PG)
School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Social Work