California State University, Long Beach
Policy Statement 85-01 (REV.)
July 1, 1992

This Policy Statement supersedes Policy Statement 79-07.

This policy was revised by the Academic Senate on May 14, 1992 and received the concurrence of the President on June 29, 1992.


The symbol "W" indicates that the student was permitted to drop a course after the second week of instruction with the approval of the instructor and appropriate campus official. It carries no connotation of quality of student performance and is not used in calculating grade point average.

Students are held responsible for completion of every course in which they register OR FOR WITHDRAWING DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF CLASSES FROM COURSES WHICH THEY DO NOT INTEND TO COMPLETE. Application for withdrawal from the University or from a class must be officially filed by the student at the Admissions and Records Office whether the student has ever attended the class or not; otherwise, the student will receive a grade of "U" (unauthorized incomplete) in the course. Application for withdrawal is made at the Admissions and Records Office. (See also the California State University policy on "Return of Fees.")

1. Withdrawal during the first two weeks of instruction:

Students may withdraw during this period and the course will not appear on their permanent records. To do this a student must file a Complete Withdrawal Application to drop all classes or a Change of Program Form for a specific class or classes. Fees are not refundable after the second week of classes.

2. Withdrawal after the second week of instruction and prior to the final three weeks of instruction:

Withdrawal during this period are permissible only for serious and compelling reasons. The procedure for withdrawal during this period are the same as in item 1., except that the approval signatures of the instructor and department chairperson are required. The request and approvals shall state the reasons for the withdrawal. Students should be aware that the definition of "serious and compelling reasons" as applied by faculty and administrators may become narrower as the semester progresses. Copies of such approvals are kept on file in the Admissions and Records Office.

3. Withdrawal during the final three weeks of instruction:

Withdrawal during the final three weeks of instruction are not permitted except in cases such as accident or serious illness where the circumstances causing the withdrawal are clearly beyond the student's control and the assignment of an Incomplete is not practical. Ordinarily, withdrawal in this category will involve total withdrawal from the campus except that a Credit / No Credit grade or an Incomplete may be assigned for courses in which sufficient work has been completed to permit an evaluation to be made. Request for permission to withdraw under these circumstances must be made in writing on forms available in the Office of Admissions and Records. The requests and approvals shall state the reasons for the withdrawal. These requests must be approved by the instructor, department chairperson and dean of the school. Copies of such approvals are kept on file in the Office of Admissions and Records.

4. Medical Withdrawal:

A student who becomes seriously ill or injured, or is hospitalized and hence is unable to complete the academic term may withdraw without academic penalty. A Physician's Statement for medical withdrawal, obtainable from the Student Health Service, must be completed by the student's attending physician and submitted to the Medical Director. Additional evaluation by the Director of Financial Aid may be required for those students receiving financial aid. The Student Health Service, upon approval of such a request, will forward its recommendation to the Office of Admissions and Records.

5. Instructor Withdrawal:

An instructor may withdraw a student who has never attended a class by completing an "Instructor Drop Card" and submitting it to the Office of Admissions and Records along with the Enrollment Verification List at the end of the third week of classes. Students, however, should not rely on the instructor to do this and should officially withdraw from classes themselves to avoid assignment of a "U" in the course.

An instructor may also withdraw a student who has enrolled in a course requiring "permission of the instructor" or completion of prerequisites if the student has not properly secured this permission or satisfactorily completed the prerequisites before enrolling.

Effective: Spring 1993


NUMBER: 85-02

FILE: Master of Social Work

The subject curriculum was recommended by the Academic Senate on May 19, 1983, authorized by the Chancellor on December 27, 1984, and approved for implementation by the President on January 11, 1985.


The overall mission of the Master of Social Work Program is to prepare social work students and practitioners for advanced entry into specialized social work practice. The specific objectives of the program are as follows: to provide a unique program which serves the needs of the Southern California community; to provide professional training in the areas of high-risk populations, i.e., the sick, elderly, children, mentally ill, handicapped, Indo-Chinese refugees, Pacific Asian-Americans, Mexican- Americans, Black, Native American, and others; to provide instruction with a cross-cultural perspective; to provide concentrated instruction in Health and Mental Health and in Services to Children, Youth, Adults, and the Aged; and, to provide understanding and awareness of the values and ethics within the social work field.

Admission --

To be admitted to graduate work on a full-time or part-time basis in the Master of Social Work program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1) Hold a Bachelor's degree from a university or college of recognized standing and be eligible for admission to graduate standing at CSULB.

2) Have the professional and intellectual ability to perform graduate work satisfactorily. A cumulative grade point average (gpa) of 2.75 or above (on the 4.0 scale) on the last sixty-units attempted is required for admission to the Program.

3) Results of the Graduate Record Examination must be presented at the time of admission.

4) Applicants working in a paid or unpaid social work employment setting must have their current employment evaluated for Practicum credit in advance of enrollment.

5) Admission interviews may be required by the Program faculty.

6) A copy of all college/university transcripts (in addition to those provided the University) and personal letters of recommendation must be presented to the department prior to admission.

* Applicants with deficiencies in pre-professional preparation may be admitted as "Conditionally Classified" students. All students must be fully "Classified" before seeking Advancement to Candidacy for the degree.

** Students with a B.S.W. from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program, who pass a waiver examination may be eligible to waive up to 12 semester units of course work.

*** The Department of Social Work will reject an applicant or disqualify an enrolled student whose record of academic achievement or performance in field instruction does not meet the minimum standards of the profession.

Advancement to Candidacy --

A Conditionally Classified or fully Classified student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all courses taken subsequent to admission. In addition, a g.p.a. of 3.0 must be maintained in all courses required for the degree. A student will be eligible for advancement to candidacy for the degree after successful completion of 12 units of graduate level courses in Social Work.

Requirements for the Degree --

The Master of Social Work Program requires the completion of 60 semester units, taken in sequence as follows:

Term I - SW 500, 503, 505, 596A, 597;
Term II - SW 550, 560 or 561, 592, 594, 596B; Term III - SW 660 or 661, 680A, 693, 697, and one elective course; Term IV - SW 670 or 671, 680B, 681, 698, and one elective course.

Term I - 503, 505; Term II - 550, 594;
Term III - 500, 596A, 597; Term IV - 560 or 561, 592, 596B;
Term V - 660 or 661, 680A, 693; Term VI - 670 or 671, 680B, 681;
Term VII - 697, elective; Term VIII - 698, elective.

EFFECTIVE: Fall 1985