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IGNOU Master of Social Work (Counselling) Admission, Eligibility, Grade Card, Result

IGNOU Master of Social Work (Counselling) Admission 2018

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers admission to Master of Social Work (Counselling)(MSWC) in both January and July academic cycles. The discipline has been developed by the School of Social Work (SOSW), IGNOU. Students can apply for admission in Master of Social Work counselling IGNOU online at university official website.

Programme Objective

The main objective of this programme is to provide both academic learning and professional education and training in Counselling, extending beyond theoretical knowledge. It has been developed in such as way that it suits the counselors working in a wide range of organizational and community contexts as well as individuals in a family. As we can see these days that the social scenario has been changing too fast and so the  the problems face by people are also increasing.

The counselling service provided in India is very much adequate which lacks in the western world. The demand for the professional counselors in in schools, corporate sector, health care setting, social and welfare sectors, correctional settings, etc,  has been increasing day by day.  But the institutions providing the education in counselling are very limited here.

The students who complete this programme can apply for employment in government as well as NGO sectors.  The specially trained counselors are very few in our country but their need to to handle the stress of employees is very high who are working with call centres, corporate sectors, families, family courts, correctional settings, school, universities and educational institutions, rehabilitation centres, refugee camps, institutions for the differently abled, aged, child care and adoption centres, family planning, voluntary Counselling and testing centres, rural sectors especially where farmers are driven to commit suicide, de-addiction centres etc.

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IGNOU Master of Social Work (Counselling) Programme Details

The more details about the Master of Social Work(MSW) programme are mentioned below :

Medium of Instruction


Admission Eligibility

The student seeking admission to this discipline should be having Bachelor’s Degree or a higher degree from a recognized University.

Fee Structure

The students need to pay Rs. 36,000/- for complete programme which has to be paid year wise @Rs. 18,000/- per year.

Duration of Programme

The university provides a minimum time duration of 2 years and maximum duration of 5 years to complete this master degree programme. If not completed on time, the students has to take re-admission and submit the fees again.

IGNOU MSW (Counselling) Syllabus & Courses

The 2-tier system approach has been followed by university for teaching this programme.The learner need to complete 72 credits to obtain the master degree. We have mentioned below the Course Code and Course Names for Master of Social Work (Counselling) discipline offered in first and second year.

The detail about the courses or syllabus is mentioned below :

IGNOU MSW(C) First Year Courses

Course CodeTitle of the CourseCredits
MSW-01Origin and Development of Social Work4
MSW-02Professional Social Work: Indian Perspectives4
MSW-05Social Work Practicum and Supervision4
MSW-08Social Group Work: Working with Groups4
MSW-09Community Organisation Management for Community Development4
MSWL-46Social Work Practicum-18
MSWL-47Block Placement8

IGNOU MSW(C) Second Year Courses

Course CodeTitle of the CourseCredits
MSW-12Introduction to Life Characteristics and Challanges4
MSW-13Introduction to Psychological Basis of Counselling4
MSW-14Relevance of Social Case Work in Counselling4
MSW-15Basics of Counselling4
MSW-16Fields of Counselling4
MSWL-48Social Work Practicum-I8
Total Credits72

The  students studying the Master of Social Work programme has been urged to opt for Associate Studentship Scheme of IGNOU. The MSW-6 (Social Work Research) course is one of the most important and useful course which can be taken along with any of the suggested of 4 credit courses. It will be big help for those learners who has been intended to go for research leading to M.Phil./Ph.D in Social Work.

 List of Courses in Social Work Discipline for Associate Studentship :
Course CodeTitle of the CourseCredits
MSW-06Social Work Research4
MSWE-01HIV/AIDS : Stigma, Discrimination and Prevention4
MSW-10Introduction to Philanthropic Social Work4
MSW-11Working Among the Poorest of the Poor4
MSWE-03Disaster Management4

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