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(Applies to Non Social Work Graduates Only)

Three prerequisites (research methods/data analysis, human development over the life span, and cultural diversity) are required for non-social work majors.

Please see our most current pre-approved prerequisite lists for each section on the right column.

Consultation is available from the graduate program coordinator regarding eligible courses. To inquire whether a course you have already taken meets one of the requirements listed above, you should: 

  • Fill out the MSW Course Substitution form and submit with any required documents to

  • Explain how the course(s) you took meets the requirement.

  • Include a copy of the syllabus.

  • Include a copy of your unofficial transcript showing your passing grade in that specific course.
  • To find equivalent courses at a community college, see


Research Methods/Data Analysis

RESEARCH METHODS/DATA ANALYSIS - qualitative or quantitative data analysis (applications to social sciences or health sciences recommended).

A specific data analysis (quantitative or qualitative) course in a social science discipline (e.g., psychology, anthropology, sociology, criminology). Similar courses in areas such as education, health science, and human services are also accepted.

If the data analysis content was contained within a “research methods” course, you should provide a copy of the syllabus to document this content. 

Introductory statistics taken to meet the lower division math requirement in a GE pattern is not accepted UNLESS it meets a stated data analysis requirement for a social science major (e.g., psychology, anthropology, sociology, criminology) and your course work includes at least 1 research methods course in the social science major or a more general research methods course for the “social sciences” that is required for the major. Please provide documentation of these requirements.

Human Development

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT OVER THE LIFE SPAN/HEALTH ISSUES - exclusive focus on human biological development over the life span/health issues.

A course that includes content such as human biological development over the life span, the biological bases of behavior, and health issues over the life span (covers prenatal to old age).

Introductory Biology courses, cell/human biology, human sexuality, etc. are not accepted.

A health course (equivalent to CSUF’s Public Health 90) is the most common course taken by applicants. It may also be taken at a community college.

Cultural Diversity

CULTURAL DIVERSITY - ethnic/cultural systems or women’s studies.

MUST be an upper division course in study of an ethnic/cultural group or community/group based on identity or status. Community college/junior college courses do not satisfy this prerequisite.