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PGD in Social Work is a 1-year diploma course in social work divided into two semesters. The minimum eligibility for the post is a Bachelor’s degree (Graduate qualification) from any recognized University with minimum 55% aggregate marks.  Social Work deals with the various services structured as such to help the poor, needy and the aged. 

Some of the top colleges/institutes that offer admission to PGD in Social Work course are as follows:

  • Indira Gandhi National Open University - IGNOU (Delhi)
  • Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
  • Maharaja Harishchandra Post Graduate College, Moradabad
  • School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore

Some colleges offer direct admission to the candidates on the basis of their performance in the previous qualifying examination. Some also give weightage to overall academic performance. In some colleges, an entrance exam might be conducted by the college/University itself or a relevant common entrance exam is required to be cleared for admission to PGD in Social Work course. 

The course provides specialization in social work. PGD in Social Work curriculum includes knowledge of Origin and Development of Social work, Professional Social Work: Indian Perspectives, Basic Social Science Concept, Social Work and Development, Social Work Practicum and Supervision, Social Work Research and Social Work Practicum (Field Work). It is an important job oriented course in the social sector.

The average course fee for the entire duration ranges around INR 12,000. After successful completion of PGD in Social Work course, the candidates can find employment in areas like clinics, correction cells, education sectors, health industry, hospitals, counseling centers, disaster management departments, gender issues associations or groups, human rights agencies, old age homes, NGOs and so on.

The various job profiles such candidates can look out for are as follows: Project Coordinator, Welfare Officer, Human Resources Manager, Assistant Director, Technical Assistant, Expert Social-Work,  and many more. The average salary a freshly pass out candidate can expect is around 2 lacs to 10 lacs per annum, which will increase with experience and expertise.

PGD in Social Work: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelDiploma
Duration1 years
Examination TypeAnnually
EligibilityBachelor’s degree (Graduate qualification) from any recognized University with minimum 55% aggregate marks at the undergraduate level
Admission ProcessEntrance Exam based
Course FeeINR 12,000
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 Lac/s to 10 lac/s per annum
Job Positions Project Coordinator, Welfare Officer, Human Resources Manager, Assistant Director, Technical Assistant, Expert Social-Work, Social-Media Copywriter, Professor, Junior Research Fellow, Humanitarian Consultant, Documentation and Communication Officer and many more

PGD in Social Work: What is it About?

PGD in Social Work is a post-graduate diploma course which spans for 1 year. It is specially designed for those candidates who want to study social work but cannot attend a full time course.

The various subjects taught in PGD in Social Work course include Origin and Development of Social work, Professional Social Work: Indian Perspectives, Basic Social Science Concept, Social Work and Development, Social Work Practicum and Supervision, Social Work Research and Social Work Practicum (Field Work).

PGD in Social Work course is necessarily a job orienting one in social sectors. It is highly useful for people working in NGOs and other such agencies. It is very suitable for people who want to bring a change to the society and help the poor and needy by doing their part. It is a shortcut for students who cannot attend a full time course.

PGD in Social Work: Top Institutes

Name of InstituteLocationAverage Annual Fees (in INR)
DBS PG CollegeDehradun, UttarakhandINR 14,000
Maharaja Harish Chandra Post Graduate CollegeMoradabad, Uttar PradeshINR 12,000
Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya - [MGAHV]Wardha, MaharashtraINR 2,600
Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University - [UPRTOU]Allahbad, Uttar PradeshINR 4,000
University of Technology - [UOT]Jaipur, RajasthanINR 15,000
Sambalpur University Distance EducationSambalpur, OrrisaINR 9,400

PGD in Social Work: Eligibility

Different institutes across the country have different eligibility criteria. However, candidates wishing to apply for PGD in Social Work  course need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s degree, or
  • Any diploma given by the Board of Technical Education of any state or Central Government (After SSC three years Diploma with 1 year post Diploma experience or Post HSC two years Diploma with 1 year post –Diploma experience). 

PGD in Social Work: Admission Process

Admission procedure is different for different institutes. Some colleges offer direct admission to the candidates on the basis of their performance in the qualifying exam. Some also give weightage to overall academic performance. In some colleges, an entrance exam might be conducted by the college/University itself or a relevant common entrance exam, is required to be cleared.

PGD in Social Work: Syllabus and Course Description

The course has a variable duration ranging from 1 year to maximum of 4 years. It has been tabulated below:

Subjects of study
Origin and Development of Social work
Professional Social Work: Indian Perspectives
Basic Social Science Concept
Social Work and Development
Social Work Practicum and Supervision
Social Work Research
Social Work Practicum (Field Work)

PGD in Social Work: Career Prospects

PGD in Social Work postgraduates has ample options to choose their career. They can find employment in various areas like clinics, correction cells, education sectors, health industry, hospitals, counseling centres, disaster management departments, gender issues associations or groups, human rights agencies, old age homes, NGOs and so on.

The various job profiles such candidates after the completion of PGD in Social Work course can look out for are as follows: Project Coordinator, Welfare Officer, Human Resources Manager, Assistant Director, Technical Assistant, Expert Social-Work, Social-Media Copywriter, Professor, Junior Research Fellow, Humanitarian Consultant, Documentation and Communication Officer and many more.

Candidates interested in higher studies can opt for an M.Phil. or a Ph.D. in Social Work.

Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary (in INR)
Welfare OfficerProvide leadership in safeguarding children and needy and vulnerable adults at the organization where they are working.INR 2 to 3 lacs
Humanitarian ConsultantHelp various workers including humanitarian workers in managing, guiding and developing emergency response programs in designated geographical locations which have been subjected to war, disasters or other environmental and developmental issues.INR 8 to 10 lacs
Human Resources ManagerLeading a particular organization’s HR policies and programs as and when applied to compensation, benefits, performance, relations and staffing levels.INR 5 to 6 lacs
Social Media CopywriterEditing, writing, publishing engaging content in various social networking sites like facebook, instagram and twitter. Modify the social media posts including tone, language and message for a target audience.INR 3 to 4 lacs

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