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Application Materials

MSW Application Materials

Fall 2020 MSW Application materials will be available October 1, 2019 via Cal State ApplyThe deadline to complete your application for Fall 2020 is January 31, 2020. You are encouraged to initiate your application through Cal State Apply early in order to give your references adequate time to upload their letters of recommendation in the system.

If you have any questions about your university application, contact the University Admissions Office - Graduate/Postbaccalaureate at 559.278.4073.

Your Cal State Apply application process will need the following:

CAL STATE APPLY/MSW  Program Application 

Access Cal State Apply application

Complete all required sections and submit with required documentation before January 31,2020

Statement of Purpose

You can find the Statement of Purpose questions when you complete the Cal State Apply application. Your statement should enable the MSW Admissions Committee to make an informed decision about your potential for success in the Graduate Social Work Program.

Two References 

All references should be listed in the appropriate area in the Cal State Apply application. Suitable references include employers/supervisors, professional and academic references. Do not use relatives or social acquaintances as references.


  • Official transcripts will be required to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office as requested through the CAL STATE APPLY Application process.
  • If your undergraduate institution did not issue grades (e.g., A through F), the registrar of that institution needs to interpret your transcript to reflect grades.
  • Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be reviewed by International Admissions.