ABOUT OUR MSW PROGRAM
The MSW Program is currently not accepting applications. Please check back in October 2018 for Fall 2019 materials. Program application requirements are subject to change.
Master of Social Work
The profession of social work and the Department of Social Work Education are dedicated to meeting the diverse social service needs of special populations of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Because we are a practice-oriented profession, the graduates of our program deal with social concerns that range from societal oppression to people's emotional/behavioral problems. The social work practitioner who is educated in our program is taught to help at-risk populations which typically include the poor and homeless, abused/neglected children and adults, people of color, women, recent refugees, chronically mentally ill, developmentally disabled, physically ill or disabled, substance abusers, criminal offenders and the aged. In focusing on disadvantaged groups, the student is trained to use a range of traditional and non-traditional methods to promote well-being, personal growth, and social justice, e.g., individual client and large system policy advocating, brokering, consulting, individual, family and group counseling/ psychotherapy, mediating, researching, supervising and teaching.
The master's degree in social work offered by our department is designed to educate advanced social work practitioners who can meet complex client needs within a diversity of public and private human service settings and who can perform in a variety of roles using multiple social work practice methodologies. This course of study prepares the student learner for autonomous social work practice at multiple levels of intervention as well as for doctoral study in social work and related human service arenas.
The MSW Program Has The Following Requirements:
2.75 Cumulative GPA
- Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of less than 2.75 must provide a cover letter in which they explain the circumstances that affected their cumulative GPA, and evidence to demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate level course work (e.g., grades received in upper division or graduate level coursework taken since receiving the BA degree).
- Additional consideration would be demonstrated commitment to the profession as evidenced by a significant number of years (e.g., over 6 years) of employment as a human services professional.
- For applicants with cumulative GPA less than 2.5 (the minimum required by the university), your application will not be reviewed or considered.
Evidence of a "Liberal Arts" Education
Your undergraduate education must have breadth, i.e., include courses in the sciences, arts and humanities, and social sciences. General education patterns often provide much of this breadth. (This expectation does not require a major in Liberal Studies.)
Meet 3 Prerequisites
Required for all NON SOCIAL WORK majors
Prerequisite course work must be taken for letter grades (or document that CR means a “C” or better); you must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course – there are 3 course prerequisites;
- Data Analysis,
- Human Biological Development
- Cultural Diversity.
NOTE: Lack of a course prerequisite will not affect consideration of your application. If accepted into the program you will be expected to complete them before the semester begins.
HOW TO APPLY
Please follow steps 1 - 2 - 3 . . .
You will need to complete all 3 steps prior to our Social Work department's deadline
which has not been set for Fall 2019.
Apply to the University by completing the CALSTATE APPLY application.
Click on the following link to begin your application: University Graduate Admission Application
Make sure you complete your GRE Exam ASAP. You will need a printout of your scores for your MSW program application. Please click on the GRE link on the left column for further information. Your GRE scores must be within the last 5 years, anything older will not be accepted.
Lastly, you will need to complete a second application which is the MSW Program Application. The application and supporting documents must be turned in ALL TOGETHER. You will need to turn this in by our due date in order to be considered for our MSW Program.
Your Completed MSW Program Application Packet Should Include the following:
a) Cal State Apply Application confirmation email or printout
c) Statement of Purpose
c) Reference sheets
d) GRE Test scores (Proof print out)
COMPLETED APPLICATIONS CAN BE MAILED TO OUR OFFICE:
DELIVERED IN PERSON:
To the Professional Human Services (PHS) Building, Room 128.
(Note: please plan on waiting upon your submission as your application will be checked before you receive your receipt).