Culminating Experience

Every year, CSULB MSW students complete a Culminating Experience in their final year of the graduate program. Some CSULB MSW students elect to do individual research projects and complete a Masters Thesis. Other students work collaboratively to assess and engage communities during the Applied Projects I & II courses.

These advanced efforts culminate in collaborative interventions to improve the lives of vulnerable populations or help community organizations, programs, or agencies function more effectively. All MSW students build on research, policy, and practice knowledge and experience to better understand the community and to develop a comprehensive project or thesis.

The annual Applied Projects and Thesis Posters showcase the creative efforts our most recent graduates developed in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Students in the MSW Distance Education Program highlight work they completed in and around Ventura and Sonoma counties.

​Culminating Experience - Applied Projects

Working with their community partners, the Applied Projects teams create interventions and support the work community-based partner organizations are doing. These experiences also showcase the broad range of skills social workers have, often allowing communities to see the profession in new and different ways.
Click here to visit the Applied Projects and Thesis Posters.

Culminating Experience - Thesis

Thesis students help to advance knowledge in the field of social work through creating qualitative and quantitative projects, grant projects, policy analyses, curriculum development and more. 
These research efforts showcase the broad range of skills social workers have, adding to the body of literature on a variety of social work topics. 
Click here to visit the Thesis Posters from 2019, 2020 and 2021.