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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

The School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) welcomes your interest in the programs we offer.  We are pleased you are considering a career in social work, a profession dedicated to the development of a just society.

General Information

The School of Social Work offers a two-year professional program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) degree. Our BASW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The goals of the BASW program are to prepare students for entry level, professional, generalist social work practice and for graduate social work education including advanced standing. Students learn to practice as professional social workers with persons and groups representing the range of human diversity and with all size systems (individuals, families, groups, institutions and communities). Please review the BASW Program Flyer for more details.

Program Schedule:

The BASW program offers the opportunity for students to study in a daytime or evening program model. Classes are usually scheduled at the times indicated below but are subject to change (depending on University restrictions and classroom availability):

  • Daytime Program classes: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Evening Program classes: Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. and Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:45 p.m.

Field Education Requirements:

Fieldwork is an integral part of the BASW curriculum, providing an opportunity for students to apply social work knowledge and practice skills in an agency based, educationally focused field setting.

  • BASW students in their junior year must complete an 80-hour practicum at a community agency (8 hours per week for 10 weeks).
  • BASW students in their senior year must complete 450 hours of fieldwork throughout the academic year, as well as attend a weekly seminar. Students must complete 16 hours per week in an assigned field agency setting, which must include either two 8-hour weekdays, or one 8-hour and two 4-hour weekdays.


There is an application process to enter the BASW program (major) at CSULB. We will begin accepting applications on October 1. Please review the links in the yellow box for more information. Students who are interested in applying to the BASW program are encouraged to attend one of our information meetings to learn more about the program and the application process.

We look forward to meeting you at an information meeting! Go Beach!


BASW Admissions Information


  • Transfer Applicants: The deadline to apply to CSULB via Cal State Apply is November 30, 2019
  • All BASW Applicants: School of Social Work supplemental application packets are due March 1, 2020*
    *Due to the deadline falling on a Sunday, walk-in applications will be accepted through 5pm on Monday, March 2, 2020. Mailed applications must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2020 to be considered. 

Attend an Information Meeting (link)