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Master of Social Work (MSW)

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The CSULB School of Social Work welcomes your interest in our Master of Social Work (MSW) program. We are pleased you are committed to a career in social work, a profession dedicated to the development of a just society.

General Information

Our MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and prepares students for advanced generalist social work practice. Graduates are prepared to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools and other settings. In addition, students are prepared for advanced, specialized practice in one of the following areas of concentration: Child and Family Wellbeing, Adulthood and Aging, or Integrated Health.

Our MSW degree requires the completion of 60 semester units over the course of a 2-year or 3-year program plan. We also offer an Advanced Standing option for applicants with an undergraduate degree in social work. Field education is an integral part of the MSW curriculum, providing students the opportunity to apply their knowledge, social work practice and intervention skills in a community agency setting under the supervision of qualified field instructors during two 500-hour placements.

Admission

Applicants are admitted to our MSW program for the fall semester only. Application to the MSW program is a TWO-STEP process: applicants must first apply to the University (CSULB) and then submit a supplemental MSW application packet directly to the School of Social Work. The application period is October 1 through January 15. Review the links in the yellow box for more information.

Learn More

Please review the links in the yellow box for more information. We encourage prospective applicants 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!

MSW Admissions
  • MSW Program Overview
  • Contact Us
  • Information Meetings
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How to Apply (basic)
  • Application Forms*
    2017 MSW Application
    2017 MSW Reference Form

    * These forms are fillable PDFs. Try a different web browser (such as Internet Explorer) if you cannot open/fill in form.


  • Fall 2017 Deadline

    University Application: The deadline to apply online to the University (CSULB) through CSU Mentor is January 15, 2017 (system will go off-line at midnight).

    School of Social Work MSW Application Packets: Submission deadline is January 15, 2017 (see notes below):

    • BY MAIL: Application packets submitted via mail must be postmarked ON or BEFORE January 15, 2017. Applications received with postmark dates after January 15 will not be accepted for processing.

    • DROP-OFF: Applicants who intend to drop off their application packets in person may do so until 5:00 P.M. (PST) on TUESDAY, January 17, 2017*. Applications should be dropped off in the SS/PA building, Room 161.

      *DUE TO SUNDAY DEADLINE AND MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY HOLIDAY, HAND-DELIVERED APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH 5PM ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017.