MSW – Master of Social Work

Professional Social Work based on a body of knowledge and skill rooted in the democratic values and implemented through the methods of social case work, social group work, community organization, social welfare administration , social work research and social action. Its purpose is to help people individually in groups through problem solving activity. The value system of social work profession embraces a belief in the worth and dignity of human being, a conviction for self fulfillment and a feeling of responsibility for social change. Social workers today must contribute to community leadership as an active and creative practitioner in helping people in changing the world to a healthy society. We offer Master’s Degree in Social Work with specialization in Community Development and Medical and Psychiatric Social Work.


A degree from any University recognized by the University of Calicut with minimum 50% mark in Part III Main & subsidiary. Those candidates who have only main papers require 50% marks for main only.

Application form:

Application forms are available in the college office and college website

Entrance Test:

Entrance test will be conducted by the University for selecting the candidates. The selected candidates will have to appear for group discussion and interview.


Field work is designed to provide a variety of opportunities to develop and enhance professional practice skills. Learning is aided through observation, analysis of social realities and experience of participation in designing and providing social work intervention. Major components of field work are observation visits, community living experience/camp, concurrent field work, study tour, summer placement and block placement. Field work should involve the selective utilization of all social work methods. The student should also be assigned small research studies, organizing programmes for the clientele of the agency and conducting training programmes. Each student is to be assigned to a faculty supervisor who supervises the filed work activities of the student. Individual conferences with the students are recommended. The Department should prepare an evaluation proforma to assess the level of competence of the student. This should be given to the agency supervisor for assessment. The students should prepare and submit the report of their activities during field work. They should also present a summary of activities in the field work seminar held every semester. A viva voce exam will be held at the end of each semester in which a social work practitioner will be the examiner. This viva voce exam can be conducted by the Department themselves, except in the final semester’s viva voce .


Semester Field Practicum component
I a. Observation visits b. Community living/camp
II a. Concurrent Field work
III a. Concurrent Field work b. Study Tour
IV a. Summer placement/Concurrent Field Work b. Block Placement



The student has to prepare and submit a dissertation under the guidance of a faculty. The student is engaged meaningfully in the process of problem formulation; review of literature related to the study; preparing the research proposal, choosing an appropriate research strategy and developing instruments for data collection, data processing, analyzing and interpreting the data and preparing the research report. The length of the research report may be between 80 to 100 pages and should not exceed 120 pages. The total marks for the dissertation work is 150. it is divided into three components; 80 marks for external evaluation, 40 for internal evaluation and 30 marks for the viva voce. Minimum 50 percent is required for each component for a pass. If a candidate fails in the dissertation, the examiner will give comments and suggestions for resubmission. Corrected dissertation should be submitted to the University within one month of the receipt of comments from the university. The resubmitted dissertation may be sent to an examiner for revaluation.

Viva Voce

During viva the examiner can assess the capacity of the researcher to recall and explain the research process and to defend the research work.

Student Enrichment Education Programmes

In addition to the regular curriculum of MSW program, Holy Cross Institute of Management and Technology offers various Certificate Courses so as to equip the student with recent developments in the field of social work. This will help the students to become better professionals
  • Rural Camps

  • Social Action Programmes

  • Human Resource Development Programme

  • Leadership Trainings

  • Environment Management

  • Event Management

  • Live learning labs

  • Communicative English

  • Computer Application

  • Transactional Analysis (TA)

  • Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)

  • Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS)

  • Study Tour

  • Project Planning and Preparation

  • Stress Management

  • Time Management

  • Yoga

Job Opportunities

MSW promotes the employment not only in the areas of social welfare but also in other area in both Govt and NGO’s.

MSW promotes the employment not only in the areas of social welfare but also in other area in both Govt and NGO’s.

1. Social Investigation / Social Scientists

2. Social Welfare Officers in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

3. Medical social workers in hospitals

4. Extension educators and amity organisers

5. Superintends and care workers in social welfare institutions.

6. Social workers in the department of preventive and social Medicine, Blood banks, Public and Non Govt. Organizations, Health centres

7. Counsellors/therapists

8. School Social Worker

9. Project Officers and Programme coordinators in social work agencies both in Govt. and Non Govt. organizations.

10. Probation Officers in District Probation System

11. Child welfare officers in Juvenile Justice system

12. Administration officers

13. Personal Officers

14. Community Organizers

15. Project Officers

16. Coordinators in Govt. program like literacy mission, Kudumbasree and other welfare programmes

17. Research officers both in Govt. and NGO

18. Hospital Administrators

19. Public Relation Officer in Govt. and NGO’s