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Master of Social Work Distance Education Program

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Program Announcement

The School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is planning to offer the MSW degree through our Distance Education Program at two sites (Santa Rosa Junior College and Ventura County Community College).

Program Description

The Distance Education program is a three-year part-time model. All classes are held on Saturdays. Three academic years and two summers are required. Most classes are offered via teleconferencing with frequent in-person visits by experienced CSULB faculty and some on-line content.

Teleconferencing allows for the simultaneous transmission of two-way audio and video. This enables students and faculty to interact in “real-time.” Distance Education students and faculty from the Long Beach campus view each other on a large screen. Each student has a microphone at his/her desk for individual comments and questions.

Courses requiring intensive hands-on instruction are taught in-person by local faculty. Two field placements (during the second and third years of the program) are arranged locally. A local Site Coordinator attends all classes, provides in-person support and advisement, and generally serves as an additional link between Distance Education students and the Long Beach campus.

For further information about the curriculum, go to Master of Social Work Distance Education Info Sheet and Admissions Handout.

Program History

Our Distance Education Program has a long and successful history.  We have offered Distance Education coursework since 1995.  Our first cohorts were located on the following CSU campuses:  Chico and Humboldt (1995-1998); Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, and Humboldt (1998-2001); Channel Islands, Hayward (now East Bay), and Humboldt (2001-2004); Channel Islands and San Marcos (2004-2007); Channel Islands and Sonoma (2007-2010); and Sonoma and Ventura (2010-2016).  Thus far, over 300 MSWs have graduated from our Distance Education Program.

Costs and Financial Assistance

For information about the costs of our Distance Education Program and the benefits of obtaining the Master of Social Work degree,go to Cost-Benefit Analysis. Stipends are available for public child welfare employees through funding from the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC). For information about stipend eligibility, go to Master of Social Work (CalSWEC) Part-Time Brochure.

Additional Information

For general information, please contact Marilyn Potts, Distance Education Program Coordinator, at, or Sue Elliott, Distance Education Program Administrative Assistant, at  For information about admissions, please contact the School of Social Work admissions office.

Distance Education Contact

Marilyn Potts, Ph.D.
Distance Education Program Coordinator
(562) 985-5183

Sue Elliot
Administrative Assistant for Distance Education
(562) 985-5041
Fax: (877) 347-3379