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Master of Arts in Social Work (Counselling)

Location: Guwahati

School: School of Social Work - Guwahati Campus

Intake: 25



Social work with its simultaneous focus on human dignity and quest for Social Justice has evolved into a generalist profession which combines skill-sets and methods known to and employed by professionals according to the situation at hand. With only few universities in the North East region providing Social Work Training at a Masters level, it becomes all the more pertinent for TISS with its 75 years of experience in Social Work and Social Sciences education and research to step in. The curriculum has been designed keeping the needs of the country as well as the region in mind, while retaining the global ideals of TISS and the social work profession.  The proposed curriculum draws from the existing programmes in TISS Mumbai and extends the scope to include some changes and combinations in keeping with the needs and aspirations of the region and the profession in general.

TISS has over the years been engaged with the North East Region through various Government Projects, support to universities and NGOs and also through the network of its alumni from the region. From this association emerged the need to train young workers with a heightened sensitivity to issues concerning the people and environment around them as well as an ability to view and respond to situations as required. The Guwahati Campus of TISS was envisioned with the idea of reaching out to the area. TISS – Guwahati Campus now offers an MA in Social Work in following specializations:

  1. Community Organisation & Development Practice
  2. Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship
  3. Counseling
  4. Public Health

The M.A. in Social Work programmes provide research and practice within a framework that is in tune with the existing and emerging needs and realities of India and the North East region while providing the larger picture of developmental and human professions around the world. The course objectives are to create Social Work professionals who are in a position to respond to the area and also take on the role of development workers elsewhere in the country and abroad. It would help the students develop a comprehensive interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and attitude on a range of issues pertaining to development, communities, social entrepreneurship and the cross sectional aspects of the same. The students after graduating can act as a catalyst to bring about positive change in society using enterprise and an in-depth understanding of communities and their environment within a framework of social work values.


Description of Programme:

With the quagmire of complexities that exist in today’s world, interwoven with challenges of poverty and deprivation, people are uncertain of their futures creating conditions of stress which are extremely difficult to cope with. Mental stress is generally high and counselling services are very inadequate in this country. There is a dearth of counselors in hospitals, schools, family settings and rehabilitation centres.

It is imperative to build the social work experience, which had always used counselling as one of its skills, to consolidate and further develop. Hence the M.A. in social work, specialization in counselling will enhance the counselling skills in social work practice contexts. The programme is tailored to suit social workers working in a wide range of

organizational and community contexts as well as individuals in a family. During the program, the students will not only study counselling techniques, approaches but will get an in-depth knowledge of Mental Health in India and engage in research related to the subject.


On completion of the programme, students will be able to work in corporate organizations, families, family courts, disability sector, feminist counselling centres, correctional settings, school, universities and educational institutions, rehabilitation centres, during disasters, with the elderly, child care and adoption centres, and in the rural areas with programmes on health, education & livelihood .

A student opting for M.A. in social work specialization in counselling will study the foundation courses and the social work practice courses. In addition, their field work in second year will be in counselling settings and the M.A. dissertation should be related to their specialization.

Distribution of Credit Hours:



Foundation Courses


Social Work Practice Courses


Specialization Courses


Field Work






Semesterwise Courses:

Semester ICourse No.Course NameCredits
I FC Module 1: Understanding Society, culture and change 1
FC Module 2:  Economy, polity and governance 1
FC Module 3: Social Exclusion and Social Policy 2
SW 1 Self and Society 2
SW 2 History and Ideologies of Social Work 2
SW 3 Social Work Practice: Principles and Concepts 1 4
SW 4 Research in Social Work - 1 2
 CN 1 Introduction to Counselling: Its relevance and scope in Social Work  
  Filed Work (Block/Concurrent)  
II FC Module 4: Development: Concepts, Theories, Dimensions and Strategies 2
FC Module 5: India’s Development Experience 1
FC Module 6: Introduction to Issues in the NE 1
SW 4 Research in Social Work 2
SW 5 Social Work Practice : Principles and Concepts 2 2
SW 6 Project planning and Assessment 1
SW 7 Human Resource Management: Principles and practices 1
CN 2 Secular Ethics (CBCS) 2
  Filed Work 6
  Rural Practicum Non-Credit
III  CN 3  Human growth and development 2
CN 4 Exploring mental health: meaning, concepts, and understanding  
  Mental Health Disorders 2
CN 5 Theoretical approaches and techniques of counselling 2
CN 6 Psychosocial Support: A Focus on Povert, Conflict, Disasters & Displacemment (CBCS) 2
CN 7 Counselling with different collectivities: Women, Children, Elderly-I 2
  Field Work 6
IV CN 7 Counselling with different collectivities: Women, Children, Elderly-II 2
CN 8 Personal and Interpersonal Development of the Councellor 2
CN 9 Emerging social problems & counseling 2
  Field Work 6
  Dissertation 6


Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.


Fee Structure:


Components M.A. Social Work in (CODP,LE,CL,PH)
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000
IT Charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 10,000 0 10,000 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500 0 0
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0    
  Semester wise Course Fee 51,500 27,500 39,000 27,000
  Yearly Fees 79,000 66,000
  Total Course Fee 1,45,000
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.


*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.