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Master of Social Work (MSW) Admissions

The CSULB School of Social Work welcomes your interest in our Master of Social Work (MSW) program. We are pleased you are committed to a career in social work, a profession dedicated to the development of a just society.

General Information

Our MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and prepares students for advanced generalist social work practice. Graduates are prepared to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, and other settings. In addition, students are prepared for advanced practice in one of the following areas of specialization: Child and Family Wellbeing, Adulthood and Aging, or Integrated Health.

Our MSW degree requires the completion of 60-semester units over the course of a 2-year or 3-year program plan. We also offer an Advanced Standing option for applicants with an undergraduate degree in social work. Field education is an integral part of the MSW curriculum, providing students the opportunity to apply their knowledge, social work practice and intervention skills in a community agency setting under the supervision of qualified field instructors during two 500-hour placements.

For more information, find the Information Meetings schedule below under the MSW Information Meetings accordion tab. 

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School of Social Work -  Admissions Office
California State University, Long Beach
SS/PA Building - Room 162
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-4602

Phone: 562) 985-5654
Fax: 562) 985-5514
Email: CHHS-SW@csulb.edu

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm

MSW Program Overview

About Our Program

The School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) welcomes your interest in our School and the programs we offer.  We are pleased you are committed to a career in social work, a profession dedicated to the development of a just society. Our mission is to educate and graduate diverse, ethical and competent social work students; engage in collaborative, community-based research; and provide meaningful service to the community and the profession.  Our goal is to prepare students to enter professional, multicultural social work practice.

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and prepares graduates to serve as professional social workers who excel in all levels of practice in economically and socially diverse environments. Students learn to practice as professional social workers with persons and groups representing the range of human diversity and with all size systems (individuals, families, groups, communities and institutions). In addition, students are prepared for advanced, specialized practice in one of the following specializations: Child and Family Wellbeing, Adulthood and Aging, or Integrated Health.

Our MSW Program emphasizes ecological and systems perspectives which focus on the fit and interactions of a person or system in relation to the various environments likely to be encountered. Within these perspectives, knowledge, values, and skills are used in a change-oriented process within a multicultural context to help individuals and social systems achieve an improved quality of life and social participation, including advocacy for just institutions and equitable access to opportunities and resources. Graduates of our program are prepared to work with diverse populations, advocate in a variety of settings, ensure equitable access for disenfranchised populations and promote social justice. We address community challenges related to child welfare, health and behavioral health integrated care, substance use, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, the growing aging population, and social change.  We educate students for micro and macro practice and leadership in government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, and non-traditional settings.

The MSW degree requires the completion of 60-semester units over the course of a 2-year program or 3-year program plan. We also offer an Advanced Standing option for those applicants who have completed a recent undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program. In addition to on-campus courses, the MSW curriculum includes a fieldwork sequence which allows students to apply their knowledge, social work practice and intervention skills in a community agency setting under the supervision of qualified field instructors during two 500-hour placements. 

MSW Program Overview - Program Plans

The School of Social Work at CSULB offers three program plans for the completion of the MSW degree: 2-Year, 3-Year, and an Advanced Standing option. In addition, we offer a distance education option that follows the 3-year program plan.

2-Year MSW Program

Students admitted to the 2-Year MSW program must complete 60-semester units of coursework. Students enroll in 15 units of coursework (5 courses total) each semester for four (4) semesters as follows: Fall/Spring/Fall/Spring.  Students attend classes on Mondays and Fridays during the daytime.

In addition, each student must complete two fieldwork placements: one in the first year of the program and one in the second year of the program. Each placement involves 500 hours of fieldwork, with a total of 1000 hours completed to fulfill degree requirements. Students complete 16 hours of field placement each week between the months of September and May. Field hours are completed Tuesday through Thursday in either two 8-hour weekdays, or one 8-hour weekday & two 4-hour weekday periods.

3-Year MSW Program

Students admitted to the 3-Year MSW program must complete 60-semester units of coursework. Students enroll in 6-9 units of coursework each semester for eight (8) semesters as follows: Fall/Spring/ Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer/Fall/Spring. Students attend classes on Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and Saturdays during the daytime.

In addition, each student must complete two fieldwork placements: one in the second year of the program and one in the third year of the program. Each placement involves 500 hours of fieldwork, with a total of 1000 hours completed to fulfill degree requirements. Students complete 16 hours of field placement each week between the months of September and May. Field hours are completed Monday through Friday in either two 8-hour weekdays, or one 8-hour weekday & two 4-hour weekday periods.

Advanced Standing MSW Program

Since 2005, our Advanced Standing program has offered students with an undergraduate degree in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program the opportunity to obtain their MSW degree within 12 months (one summer, one fall & one spring semester). Upon successful completion of an intensive Summer Bridge Program, Advanced Standing MSW students complete 30 units of advanced coursework in the fall and spring semesters. Advanced Standing MSW students attend classes on Mondays and Fridays during the daytime (with additional days in the summer) and complete one 660-hour field internship that starts in June and ends the following May. Students complete 16 hours of field placement each week (Tuesday through Thursday) in either two 8-hour weekdays, or one 8-hour weekday & two 4-hour weekday periods.

Distance Education

The MSW program is also offered at off-campus locations throughout the state. Current distance education sites are in the Sonoma County and Ventura County areas. Courses are taught using face-to-face instruction, as well as interactive television and web-based instructional support. The distance education MSW is offered using a 3-year program plan in the Child and Family Wellbeing specialization. Students attend classes on Saturdays and complete fieldwork requirements during the second and third academic years of the program. The next distance education cohorts are scheduled to begin in fall 2022.

CSULB Distance Education MSW Program Flyer (PDF)

MSW Program Overview - Specializations

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree offers an opportunity for study in one of three areas of specialization: Child and Family Wellbeing, Adulthood and Aging, or Integrated Health. Students are assigned a specialization during their first year in the program. The second-year courses and field placement will be determined by this specialization. Program stipend recipients and students who choose to complete the Pupil Personnel Services Credential will be assigned to a specific specialization. 

Child and Family Wellbeing Specialization

The Child and Family Wellbeing specialization prepares students to use strength-based and evidence-based approaches to promote positive child and family functioning across diverse populations. Through coursework and field placements, students will acquire and enhance their skills to effectively engage, assess and intervene with children and families both preventively and with those experiencing challenges.  Students will also gain knowledge of the policies most salient to the lives of children and families and skills to effectively influence such policies. This specialization provides a solid framework for students interested in working in child protective services, schools, and other public agencies or community-based non-profits.

Adulthood and Aging Specialization

The Adulthood and Aging specialization prepares students to use strength-based and evidence-based approaches to promote positive adult, older adult, and family functioning across diverse populations. Through coursework and field placements, students will acquire and enhance their skills to effectively engage, assess, and intervene with adults and older adults. Students will gain knowledge of the unique psychosocial needs facing adults, older adults, and their families. Students will examine adulthood and the aging processes from multiple perspectives: biomedical, psychological, socioeconomic, spiritual and cultural while examining contemporary trends that are shaping aging policy, practice, and theory.  This specialization provides a solid framework for students interested in working in the areas of adult protective services, supportive services for family caregivers, Alzheimer’s and dementia care services, hospice services, the prison system and community corrections, promotion of healthy aging, long-term care, and health care collaborations.

Integrated Health Specialization

The Integrated Health specialization prepares students to use strength-based and evidence-based approaches to meeting the changing needs of people from diverse populations with physical, behavioral health, and substance use challenges. Through coursework and field placements, students will acquire and enhance their skills to effectively engage, assess, and intervene with individuals who face chronic diseases and co-occuring conditions of mental health challenges and/or substance use. Students will learn to utilize prevention and brief intervention models critical to integrated care and how to work effectively on an interdisciplinary team.  Students will learn how evidence-based practice, along with recovery-oriented and strengths-based care philosophies, can foster changes in practice settings and policies. This specialization provides a solid framework for students interested in working to deliver services in outpatient or primary care facilities, community-based behavioral health agencies, hospitals, and acute, chronic and long-term care settings.

MSW Program Overview - Field Education

The field education sequence has an integral role in the MSW curriculum. The experience offers an opportunity for students to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and social work practice and intervention skills in a community agency setting under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. A variety of agencies within the surrounding counties are utilized, reflecting the diverse settings in which social workers are employed. University field faculty select the most appropriate field placement site for students.

Each student has two field placements and concurrent enrollment in practice courses during the course of study. Each placement involves 500 hours of internship in a community agency setting and attendance and participation in an integrated field seminar that meets weekly on campus. The field education sequence encompasses a total of 1000 hours, for which 12 units of academic credit are given. The academic year schedule begins in September and continues through mid-May. Fieldwork includes attendance in a field seminar as well as an internship in the community. Students complete 16 hours per week. This must include either two 8-hour weekdays or one 8-hour weekday and two 4-hour weekday blocks. No weekend placements are available. Students admitted to the Advanced Standing program complete one field placement for a total of 660 hours that begins in June and continues through mid-May.

Students who are employed in social service agencies may request that their agency be evaluated as a site for the second-year field internship only. The agency must be able to meet all criteria established by the School of Social Work to ensure the educational focus of field education and provide a significantly different experience than the student's current job duties. Evaluation of field placement sites and approval to utilize an agency of employment as a field site will be completed by the field faculty.

The School of Social Work will reject an applicant or disqualify an enrolled student whose record of academic achievement or performance in field education does not meet the minimum standards of the profession.

MSW Program Overview - Required Courses and Sequence of Courses

The 2-Year and 3-Year MSW programs require the completion of 60-semester units. In order to meet the requirements for the MSW degree, 2-Year and 3-Year MSW students must complete the following:

30 units of foundation coursework (10 courses):

  • SW 500 Foundation Social Work Micro Practice Skills and Interventions (3)
  • SW 503A Human Behavior & the Social Environment: Focus on Prenatal through Adolescence (3)
  • SW 503B Human Behavior & the Social Environment: Focus on Young Adulthood through Late Life (3)
  • SW 505 Foundation Social Policy: Addressing Oppression through Social Justice (3)
  • SW 570 Foundation Social Work Practice: Skills and Interventions with Groups (3)
  • SW 592 Foundation Social Work Macro Practice Skills and Interventions (3)
  • SW 594A Research Methods in Social Work I (3)
  • SW 594B Research Methods in Social Work II (3)
  • SW 596A Foundation Field Education I (3)
  • SW 596B Foundation Field Education II (3)

30 units of advanced coursework including the following:

  • SW 605 Advanced Social Policy: Analysis, Advocacy & Practice (3)
  • SW 670 Social Work Leadership and Management (3)
  • SW 680A Advanced Field Education I (3)
  • SW 680B Advanced Field Education II (3)

One (1) of the following advanced practice courses (3 units) within the designated specialization:

SW 620 Advanced Social Work Practice: Child and Family Wellbeing (3) OR SW 630 Advanced Social Work Practice: Adulthood and Aging (3) OR SW 650 Advanced Social Work Practice: Integrated Health (3)

Three (3) 600-level elective courses (9 units) from the following list of courses:

  • SW 643: Social Work Practice within Child Welfare Services (3)
  • SW 662: Legal Issues in Social Work Practice (3)
  • SW 663: Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders (3)
  • SW 665: School Social Work (3)
  • SW 675: Social Work Practice with Death, Dying and Loss (3)
  • SW 677: Social Work Practice in Mental Health Services (3)
  • SW 678 Play Therapy with Children, Adolescents and Their Families (3)
  • SW 679: Psychopathology: Assessment and Treatment in Social Work Practice (3)
  • SW 683: Brief Treatment (3)
  • SW 690: Selected Topics in Graduate Social Work (3)
  • SW 691: Non-Violent Conflict Resolution (3)
  • SW 692: Spirituality in Social Work Practice (3)

One of the following capstone requirements (6 units) in the final year of the program:

Thesis/Project I and II (SW 698A and SW 699A) OR Applied Social Work Project: Part I and Part II (SW 698C and SW 699C)

Required Courses for MSW Program: Advanced Standing MSW Program

Students in the Advanced Standing MSW program are provisionally admitted to the School until they have successfully completed the Summer Bridge program. After they successfully complete the Summer Bridge modules and summer field internship hours, the School of Social Work waives the foundation courses (30 units) and the student completes the second year of the 2-Year MSW program in the Fall semester.  In order to meet the requirements for the MSW degree, Advanced Standing MSW students must complete the following:

Summer Bridge Program Modules:

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment
  • Policy
  • Research
  • Practice (Micro & Macro)
  • Technology
  • Fieldwork – 16 hours per week for 10 weeks (160 hours total) plus 2 hours of seminar per week

30 units of advanced coursework including the following:

  • SW 605 Advanced Social Policy: Analysis, Advocacy & Practive (3)
  • SW 670 Social Work Leadership and Management (3)
  • SW 680A Advanced Field Education I (3)
  • SW 680B Advanced Field Education II (3)

One (1) of the following advanced practice courses (3 units) within the designated specialization:

  • SW 620 Advanced Social Work Practice: Child and Family Wellbeing (3) OR
  • SW 630 Advanced Social Work Practice: Adulthood and Aging (3) OR
  • SW 650 Advanced Social Work Practice: Integrated Health (3)

Three (3) 600-level elective courses (9 units) from the following list of courses:

  • SW 643: Social Work Practice within Child Welfare Services (3)
  • SW 662: Legal Issues in Social Work Practice (3)
  • SW 663: Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders (3)
  • SW 665: School Social Work (3)
  • SW 675: Social Work Practice with Death, Dying and Loss (3)
  • SW 677: Social Work Practice in Mental Health Services (3)
  • SW 678 Play Therapy with Children, Adolescents and Their Families (3)
  • SW 679: Psychopathology: Assessment and Treatment in Social Work Practice (3)
  • SW 683: Brief Treatment (3)
  • SW 690: Selected Topics in Graduate Social Work (3)
  • SW 691: Non-Violent Conflict Resolution (3)
  • SW 692: Spirituality in Social Work Practice (3)

One of the following capstone requirements (6 units):

Thesis/Project I and II (SW 698A and SW 699A) OR Applied Social Work Project: Part I and Part II (SW 698C and SW 699C)

Sequence of Required Courses

The MSW Program is taken in one of the following four sequences:

2-Year Program:

  • Term 1: SW 500, 503A, 505, 594A, 596A (Fall)
  • Term 2: SW 503B, 570, 592, 594B, 596B (Spring)
  • Term 3: SW 620 or 630 or 650, 680A, 698A/C, TWO 600-level electives (Fall)
  • Term 4: SW 605, 670, 680B, 699A/C, 600-level elective (Spring)

3-Year Program:

  • Term 1: SW 503A, 505 (Fall)
  • Term 2: SW 503B, 594A (Spring)
  • Term 3: SW 500, 594B (Summer)
  • Term 4: SW 570, 596A, 600-level elective (Fall)
  • Term 5: SW 592, 596B, 600-level elective (Spring)
  • Term 6: SW 605, 600-level elective (Summer)
  • Term 7: SW 620 or 630 or 650, 680A, 698A/C (Fall)
  • Term 8: SW 670, 680B, 699A/C (Spring)

Advanced Standing Program

Summer Bridge Modules:

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment
  • Policy
  • Practice (Micro & Macro)
  • Technology
  • Fieldwork – 16 hours per week for 10 weeks (160 hours total) plus 2 hours of seminar per wk

Advanced Coursework:

  • SW 620 or 630 or 650, 680A, 698A/C, TWO 600-level electives (Fall)
  • SW 605, 670, 680B, 699A/C, 600-level elective (Spring)

Distance Education Program (Child and Family Wellbeing specialization only):

  • Term 1: SW 503A, 505 (Fall)
  • Term 2: SW 503B, 594A (Spring)
  • Term 3: SW 500, 594B (Summer)
  • Term 4: SW 570, 596A, 600-level elective (Fall)
  • Term 5: SW 592, 596B, 600-level elective (Spring)
  • Term 6: SW 605, 600-level elective (Summer)
  • Term 7: SW 620, 680A, 698A/C (Fall)
  • Term 8: SW 670, 680B, 699A/C (Spring)

MSW Program Overview - Course Descriptions (numerical listing)
 

SW 500. Foundation Social Work Micro Practice Skills and Interventions (3)

This foundation practice course provides the basic knowledge and skills for interventions with children, adults, older adults and families in the context of generalist practice. Emphasis is on engagement, assessment, and evidence-based interventions with a focus on multicultural perspectives.  Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 503A. Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Focus on Prenatal through Adolescence (3)

This course provides an examination of human behavior and development utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective.  Theoretical perspectives on development within the social environment from perinatal through late adolescence are critically reviewed for bias and potential for multicultural application.  Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 503B. Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Focus on Young Adulthood through Late Life (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

This course provides an examination of human behavior and development utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective.  Theoretical perspectives on development within the social environment from young adulthood through end of life are critically reviewed for bias and potential for multicultural application. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 505. Foundation Social Policy: Addressing Oppression through Social Justice (3)

This course focuses on the critical analysis of policies which includes socio-economic, political and global factors influencing the U.S. social welfare system.  Societal values and structural impediments influencing formation, implementation and evaluation of policies are emphasized using a multicultural framework.

Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 570. Foundation Social Work Practice: Skills and Interventions with Groups (3)

Prerequisite: SW 500. Corequisites: SW 596A or SW 596B.

This course focuses on intervention techniques with treatment and task groups across the lifespan. The course will examine all aspects of working with groups including planning, facilitating, analyzing, and evaluating different groups. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 590. Selected Topics in Social Work (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units for majors and 9 units for non majors with different topics. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

SW 592. Foundation Social Work Macro Practice Skills and Interventions (3)

Corequisites: SW 596A or SW 596B.

This course focuses on the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills for macro practice.  History, methods, theories, and socio-political determinants are emphasized.  Explores implications for diverse communities; examines the relationship between professional values and ethical dimensions within community practice. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 594A. Research Methods in Social Work I (3)

This course focuses on the evidence-based research process, including conceptualization of research problems, designs, sampling, measurement, and data collection.  The emphases are on building skills for conducting multiculturally-focused social work research and evaluating findings critically. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 594B. Research Methods in Social Work II (3)

Prerequisite: SW 594A.

This course covers the application of research methods for evidence-based social work practice, including qualitative data analyses, quantitative statistical analyses, program evaluation, and preparation of reports for dissemination, with continued emphasis on the ability to conduct and critique multiculturally-focused research. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 596A. Foundation Field Education I (3)

Corequisite: SW 500 or SW 570.

First of two semesters of supervised agency practice. Develops basic skills with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Includes weekly integrative seminar which utilizes group process to support practice competencies, professional development, self-awareness, ethics, and problem solving in a multicultural context.

Credit/No Credit grading only. Course fee may be required. Seminar 2 hours, Clinical Process 1 hour. Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours in agency placement required.

SW 596B. Foundation Field Education II (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500 and SW 596A. Corequisite: SW 570 or SW 592.

Second of two semesters of supervised agency practice. Develops basic skills with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Includes weekly integrative seminar which utilizes group process to support practice competencies, professional development, self-awareness, ethics, and problem solving in a multicultural context.

Credit/No Credit grading only. Course fee may be required. Seminar 2 hours, Clinical Process 1 hour. Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours in agency placement required.

SW 599. Independent Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of School and instructor.

Independent study of special topics under supervision of a faculty member.

May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 605. Advanced Social Policy: Analysis, Advocacy & Practice (3)

Prerequisite: SW 505.

This course focuses on an advanced understanding of key issues, concepts, and skills associated with policy reform. Students will learn how to apply various strategies, techniques and actions that can influence elected officials, policy makers, organizations and communities.  Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 620. Advanced Social Work Practice: Child and Family Wellbeing (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500, SW 570, and SW 592. Corequisite: SW 680A.

This course is an advanced practice course that focuses on working with children and families. Emphasis is on evidenced-based intervention techniques and evolving perspectives of goals of social work practice. Multicultural perspectives on assessment and interventions will be examined.  Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 630. Advanced Social Work Practice: Adulthood and Aging (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500, SW 570, and SW 592. Corequisite: SW 680A.

This course focuses on assessment and intervention with adults and older adults, while addressing the basic processes of aging. The course covers advanced practice models in relation to ecological systems and multicultural perspectives. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 643. Social Work Practice within Child Welfare Services (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

This course covers child protective policies and practices, including adoption, family preservation, transitional age youth, foster, kinship, and group care, with focus on incorporating innovative service delivery, multicultural practice and federally mandated outcomes related to child safety, wellbeing, and permanency. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 650. Advanced Social Work Practice: Integrated Health (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500, SW 570, and SW 592. Corequisite: SW 680A.

This is an advanced course in integrating behavioral health practice with primary care. The role of social workers, theories, models, and multicultural aspects are enhanced. Advanced engagement, assessment, intervention, implementation, and practice evaluation skills are developed. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 662. Legal Issues in Social Work Practice (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

This course covers the legal systems affecting social work interventions and the role of social workers within those systems. Examines how laws and legal systems impact client populations. Legal research and resources, legal reasoning, and the court systems are examined. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 663. Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

This course focuses on clinical and policy issues significant for social work practice with individuals, family systems and the community. Alcohol and substance use is examined across the lifespan with a focus on multicultural and strengths-based practice. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 665. School Social Work (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

School social work practice emphasizes the home-school-community connection. School social workers intervene in multiple systems, providing support for students and families while bringing about change in school practices. Course content includes social work roles, education laws, evidence-based practice, and diversity. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 670. Social Work Leadership and Management (3)

Corequisite: SW 680B.

This course focuses on organizational leadership and problem solving, using theories of organizational behavior and management. Examines frameworks for governance, planning, monitoring, information management, human resources, fiscal responsibility, quality assurance, and community relations with attention to multicultural and gender issues. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 674. Clinical Diagnosis and Therapeutic Communication (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

Reviews the major theoretical approaches to social work treatment to teach specific clinical interventions. Students are trained to skillfully and therapeutically intervene with a variety of diagnostic categories. Outcome research will be reviewed and evaluated. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 675. Social Work Practice with Death, Dying and Loss (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

This course provides an overview of psychological, cultural, and professional perspectives of death and dying.  Topics examined include health-related death, unexpected traumatic death, and bereavement following loss.  Emotional impact of loss and coping strategies used to promote healing are explored.

Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 677. Social Work Practice in Mental Health Services (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

This course focuses on social, economic and cultural factors as they affect social work practice in mental health services including the Recovery Paradigm and client-centered approaches that are in accordance with the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 678. Play Therapy with Children, Adolescents and Their Families (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500 and 503A.

This course explores the use of play therapy as a social work practice intervention. It focuses on the modality of play as a means of helping children, adolescents, and their families in a therapeutic setting.

Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 679. Psychopathology: Assessment and Treatment in Social Work Practice (3)

Prerequisites: SW 503A and SW 503B.

This course prepares students to assess and diagnose psychopathology using diagnostic tools such as the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  Ethical challenges presented in the use of these tools in social work practice will be addressed. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 680A. Advanced Field Education I (3)

Prerequisites: SW 596A and SW 596B. Corequisite: SW 620 or SW 630 or SW 650.

First of two semesters of field placement in area of specialization. Seminar experience utilizes group process to develop advanced competencies. Emphasis is placed on case presentation, demonstration and evaluation of practice skills, supervision use, cultural responsiveness, and professional ethics.

Credit/No Credit grading only. Course fee may be required. Seminar 1 hour, clinical process 2 hours. Two hours bi-weekly in field seminar and 16 hours in agency placement required.

SW 680B. Advanced Field Education II (3)

Prerequisite: SW 680A. Corequisite: SW 670.

Continuation of specialization field placement. Seminar is facilitated by students with support from the instructor. Focus is on integration of graduate coursework and professional development within the context of multicultural practice. Content includes preparation for master’s level social work employment.

Credit/No Credit grading only. Course fee may be required. Seminar 1 hour, clinical process 2 hours. Two hours bi-weekly in field seminar and 16 hours in agency placement required.

SW 683. Brief Treatment (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

This course covers the methodologies used in brief and/or time-limited clinical treatment. Models of brief therapy, empirical research and diverse client populations are explored. Reviews ethnic, gender, and other issues related to the use of this treatment approach.  Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 690. Selected Topics in Graduate Social Work (3)

Prerequisites: Consent of school.

Topics of special interest in social work selected for intensive study.

Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

SW 691. Non-Violent Conflict Resolution (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

This course is designed to help students examine conflict, their own and others' responses to conflict situations on the intrapersonal, interpersonal and community levels, and to learn to deal with conflict in a productive, non-violent manner. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 692. Spirituality in Social Work Practice (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.

This course examines issues pertaining to spiritually sensitive social work practice. The rich and diverse forms of spiritual expressions and religious and philosophical ideologies that may be espoused by clients are explored. Letter grade only (A-F).

SW 698A. Thesis or Project I (3)

Prerequisites: SW 594A, 594B. Completion of 30 MSW units with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and advancement to candidacy.

Under the direction of the Thesis/Project Advisor, the student completes a thesis/project proposal, instruments and IRB protocol (if applicable), and drafts literature review.

Letter grade only (A-F). A grade of "B" or better is required for successful completion.

SW 698C. Applied Social Work Project: Part I (3)

Prerequisites:  Completion of foundation coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and advancement to candidacy.

This first course of a 2-semester sequence is a culminating experience incorporating analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the MSW curriculum. Implementation of knowledge, skills, values, and practice methods related to all size systems is emphasized using a multicultural perspective.

Letter grade only (A-F). A grade of "B" or better is required for successful completion.

SW 699A. Thesis or Project II (3)

Prerequisite: SW 698A.

Under the direction of the Thesis/Project Advisor, the student finalizes the literature review and completes the remaining chapters (typically, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, and implications) of thesis/project.

Letter grade only (A-F). A grade of "B" or better is required for successful completion.

SW 699C. Applied Social Work Project: Part II (3)

Prerequisites: SW 698C.

This second course of a 2-semester sequence is a continuation of a culminating experience incorporating analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the curriculum. Implementation of knowledge, skills, values, and practice methods in all size systems is emphasized using a multicultural perspective.

Letter grade only (A-F). A grade of "B" or better is required for successful completion. 

 

MSW Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet certain minimum requirements for admission to our MSW program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to our program. Please refer to the Fall 2022 admission requirements below for our MSW program plan options.

2-Year MSW / 3-Year MSW / Distance Education MSW

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university no later than Spring 2022
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of an Elementary Statistics prerequisite course with a letter grade of “C” or better no later than Spring 2022 [NOTE: A grade of “C minus (C-)“ does not meet this requirement.]

Advanced Standing MSW

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited social work program no later than Spring 2022 (degree must have been completed within the last 5 years)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of an Elementary Statistics prerequisite course with a letter grade of “C” or better no later than Spring 2022 [NOTE: A grade of “C minus (C-)“ does not meet this requirement.]
  • NOTE: Specific references and an additional question in the Personal & Professional Statement are required for applicants to the Advanced Standing MSW program. Please refer to the “Application Process” section for details.

GRE/Admissions Tests

We do not require the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or any other admission tests for our MSW programs.

Interviews

Interviews may be required if further clarification is needed in order for the evaluators to make an informed decision on the application.

CSULB MSW Program Approved Elementary Statistics Courses (PDF)

MSW Application Guidelines and Process

Applicants are admitted to the CSULB Master of Social Work (MSW) program for the Fall semester only; we do not offer Spring admission. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis beginning October 1, 2021, and are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis until spaces are filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application early.  The deadline for all application materials is January 18, 2022 (January 15, 2022 falls on a Saturday and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday falls on January 17, 2022).

The School of Social Work at CSULB offers the following three program plans for the completion of the MSW degree: 2-Year, 3-Year, and an Advanced Standing option. For more information regarding the MSW program and the various program options, please review the “MSW Program Overview - Program Plans” tab above.  Additionally, the 3-Year MSW Program is also offered at off-campus locations throughout the state.  Distance Education applications will be accepted next for the Fall 2022 admission cycle.  Please review the “Distance Education” flyer in the "MSW Program Over - Program Plans" tab above.

To be considered for the Advanced Standing MSW program, applicants must meet additional eligibility requirements. In addition, applicants are required to respond to an additional question in their Personal Statement and include specific references in their application via Cal State Apply. Applicants to the Advanced Standing MSW program should read through these application guidelines closely to ensure they have met all of these requirements. Applicants are provisionally admitted to the Advanced Standing MSW program until they have successfully completed the Summer Bridge program. Refer to the “MSW Program Overview - Program Overview” tab for more details.

Information Meetings

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend one of our information meetings for timely information regarding admission requirements and the application process. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to ask questions, meet others who are also interested in the social work field and assess the educational opportunities provided by the MSW program at CSULB. 

There is no RSVP required to attend an information meeting. Please refer to the online campus maps for parking information. Visitors to the CSULB campus may purchase a $9 parking permit from the dispensers inside the parking lots.

For Fall 2021, Information Meetings will be held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Please see the MSW Infomation Meeting accordion tab for more information.  

Tuition Cost*

Tuition fees are set by University Enrollment Services (fall & spring classes) and the College of Continuing & Professional Education (summer classes) and are subject to change. Total tuition costs for the CSULB MSW program varies by program plan and California residency status. The table below provides estimated tuition costs for the three MSW program plans for California residents (as of 4/25/2019). These costs are for tuition and fees only and do not include the costs for books, room and board, or other living expenses.

  • Advanced Standing (California Resident): $12,318.00
  • 2-Year (California Resident): $16,536.00
  • 3-Year (California Resident): $27,048.00
  • Distance Education (California Resident): See Distance Education Link on the School of Social Work website for more information.

*IMPORTANT: These estimated tuition costs are based on the fee schedule posted on 4/25/2019 and are subject to change at any time. Non-residents are required to pay an additional $396 per unit. International students must meet minimum enrollment requirements that may incur additional tuition costs and should contact the Center for International Education for more information. The School of Social Work does not set tuition fees for the MSW program. Applicants should consult the University Enrollment Services website for the most up-to-date tuition and fee information.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial aid, so applicants to the MSW program at CSULB can apply for financial aid. Applicants who need more information on financial aid and how to finance their education should consult the CSULB Financial Aid website.

Summer 2021 Update:  The application process for the MSW program has changed significantly for Fall 2022.  We strongly encourage all applicants to attend an Information Meeting for more information.  

The application process to the MSW program has two distinct parts. Each applicant must apply online to the University (CSULB) by completing Quadrants One through Three. Each applicant also must complete Quadrant Four, including the Recommendation requests and Document uploads, for the School of Social Work. All Quadrants are submitted simultaneously. The following information provides details about the application process.  

STEP 1: Application to the University (CSULB) as a Graduate Student

Quadrants One through Three via Cal State Apply

Each applicant must apply to the University as a graduate student by completing Quadrants One through Three of Cal State Apply. There is a $70.00 application fee for the University application. Each applicant must have official transcripts from the postsecondary school where your degree is either in-progress or was completed sent directly to “CSULB Enrollment Services/Admissions, CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840.” Refer to the “Transcripts” section for more information.

NOTE TO DISTANCE EDUCATION APPLICANTS ONLY: When applying to the University, applicants to the Distance Education MSW program must choose “Long Beach Campus” as the Campus/Program to which they are applying and must select “Master of Social Work” under “Long Beach Extension.”

STEP 2: Application to the School of Social Work MSW Program

Quadrant Four via Cal State Apply

The second step in the application process is to complete the School of Social Work specific questions, recommendation requests and document uploads in Quadrant Four via Cal State Apply.

A complete MSW Application must include the following:

  • Quadrant Four School of Social Work Questions
  • Professional, Volunteer and Social Services Experience/Résumé Document
  • Personal Statement Document
  • Unofficial Transcript Document (if Elementary Statistics Course does not appear on under official transcript from undergraduate degree institution)
  • At least three (3) References, submitted via Cal State Apply 
  • Elementary Statistics Course Syllabus (if applicable, see instructions - submitted via email)

The following includes a detailed description and instructions for the MSW application materials:

(A) Cal State Apply Quadrant Four - School of Social Work Specific Questions

Complete the questions in Quadrant Four of the Cal State Apply application for the CSULB School of Social Work.  

  • The applicant must complete these questions.
  • The applicant must agree to the Acknowledgement Box to be considered an applicant to the MSW program.

(B) Professional, Volunteer and Social Service Experience/Résumé Document

Please submit a document that includes relevent experience.  

  • The applicant should include all paid, internship, and volunteer experience in the résumé and list the most recent Social Work or Social Work-related experience first.
  • For each position, the applicant must include all of the information requested under the document instructions on the Documents tab of Quadrant Four of the Cal State Apply application.
  • Upload document via Cal State Apply.  

(C)  Personal Statement Document

The statement must include the applicant’s responses to the specific questions under the document instructions on the Documents tab of Quadrant Four of the Cal State Apply application.

  • The statement must be typed, double-spaced, 12-pt font, and 4 - 6 pages in length.
  • Advanced Standing applicants must respond to Question #10 in addition to Questions #1 - 9 in their statement.
  • Upload document via Cal State Apply.  

(D)  Unofficial Transcripts

The University requires an official transcript from the institution where you received your undergraduate degree.  If you completed your elementary statistics course at a different institution, upload the unofficial transcript document that includes this course for verfication you completed the prerequisite.  

  • Upload document via Cal State Apply.  

(E)  At Least Three (3) References

Applicants must request at least three (3) References via Cal State Apply from the following individuals:

  • One reference must be from an academic source (e.g., professor, instructor)
  • One reference must be from a professional source (e.g., supervisor, program or agency director)
  • The third reference can be from either an academic or professional source
  • A fourth reference can be requested as a back-up, but only three will be evaluated.  Applicants should rank their choices for evaluation in Quadrant Four under the Questions tab on Cal State Apply, there is a specific field for identifying and ranking references.
  • Applicants should provide references from professors or professionals who are able to comment on the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study in social work.
  • Recommenders will have the ability to provide additional detail in a comments section on the form.
  • Once you have saved an electronic recommendation request in Cal State Apply, an email request will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf.  Please advise the recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.  
  • Please request that the recommender submit the reference no later than the application deadline.

Advanced Standing Applicants only:

  • Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the Advanced Standing program must submit references from the following individuals.  Please also identify the references as outlined in Quadrant Four under the Questions tab on Cal State Apply.
  1. The applicant’s Senior-Year field instructor/field supervisor or field liaison or the Director/Coordinator of field education for the applicant’s BASW/BSW program or if you graduated two or more years ago and work in the social work field, your current supervisor
  2. The applicant’s Social Work Academic Advisor or a Social Work (BASW/BSW) professor whose course the applicant completed or is currently taking
  3. The third reference must be from a professional source (i.e. a supervisor from a paid or volunteer position NOT from the BSW internship)

(F) Elementary Course (Elementary Course Syllabus, if applicable)

The applicant must earn a grade of “C” or better in an approved statistics course no later than Spring 2022 [a grade of “C minus (C-)“ does not meet this requirement]. The School of Social Work has posted a list of approved statistics courses on the School website at the following link: Elementary Statistics Courses. The applicant must verify that the prerequisite course in elementary statistics s/he completed is included on the list of approved courses.

If the course is not included on the approved list, the applicant must submit a copy of the course syllabus via email to the following email address for evaluation - CHHS-SWApplications@csulb.edu.

The syllabus will be reviewed, and the applicant will be notified via email as to whether or not the course is approved.

Submission of Application

To be considered an applicant to the MSW program, the application and uploaded documents must be submitted via the Cal State Apply application by the deadline.  

Official Transcripts

Applicants must have an official transcript from the postsecondary school where you received your undergraduate degree or your undergraduate degree is in-progress sent directly to “CSULB Enrollment Services/Admissions, CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840” or electronically to CSULB Enrollment Services at ES-IDPTrans@csulb.edu by January 18, 2022. Please note the following guidelines regarding transcript submission:

  • CSULB Graduates: Applicants who completed (or are completing) their undergraduate degree at CSULB do not need to request transcripts.
  • Reapplying Applicants: If an applicant submitted a transcript that shows degree conferral to University Enrollment Services at the time of his/her initial application and has not completed any additional coursework, s/he does not need to submit new transcripts.  If the degree has been conferred after the initial application, an updated transcript will need to be submitted to verify completion of degree.  
  • Degree in Progress: Applicants who have a degree in progress at the time of application must send another updated transcript that reflects the degree conferral to University Enrollment Services no later than July 1, 2022.
  • Statistics Course In-Progress: Applicants who have a statistics course in-progress at the time of application must send another updated unofficial transcript that reflects the statistics course grade to the School of Social Work via email (CHHS-SW@csulb.edu) no later than July 1, 2022.

Incomplete or Late Applications

Incomplete applications will not be processed.  Late applications will not be considered.  Once the application closes, you will be unable to update or submit an application.  

Reapplying Applicants

Applicants who applied to the CSULB MSW program in a previous year are welcome to reapply in a future term. Applicants who choose to reapply must meet the eligibility criteria of the term for which they are reapplying and follow the complete application process. Applicants who are reapplying should also refer to the “Transcripts” section for more information.

International Applicants

International applicants who hold a non-immigrant (student or exchange) visa must review the information posted on the Center for Professional and International Education (CPIE) website for University admission requirements. In addition to University admission requirements, international applicants must complete the Social Work specific questions and documents under Quadrant Four of Cal State Apply. Please confer with the CPIE website for all updated deadlines and policies regarding international admission requirements.

Application Deadline

The MSW application deadline has been extended to January 18, 2022 due January 15, 2022 falling on a Saturday and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on January 17, 2022.  The Cal State Apply online application system closes at midnight on January 18, 2022.

Due to the complexity of the application process, applicants should be mindful of the requirements and the time needed to compile and submit the application.  

Applicants must also have an original transcripts from the postsecondary school where you received your undergraduate degree or your undergraduate degree is in-progress sent directly to “CSULB Enrollment Services/Admissions, CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840” or to the U.E.S. email address (ES-IDPTrans@csulb.edu) by the January 18th deadline.

Transfer Credit

Applicants cannot “transfer” from one MSW program into the MSW program at CSULB. Applicants who have completed approved graduate education related to social work in another institution with a grade of B or better may be allowed to transfer up to 6 semester credit hours providing:

  • The maximum amount of transfer credit is no more than 6 semester credit hours
  • All requirements for the degree are satisfied, including completion of all transfer and School of Social Work courses, within the required time limit (7 years)
  • The student is in good standing with the previous social work program
  • The student has a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better
  • The Field Director reports the student was in good standing in field placements

Units accepted must be for CSWE-accredited courses only. No continuing education courses or non-accredited training courses qualify for transfer into the MSW program. The Graduate Program Coordinator will make the final decision regarding the acceptance of units.   

Questions?

Please attend one of the information meetings for the most current and up-to-date program criteria and information. Specific questions regarding the MSW application process should be directed to:

School of Social Work -  Admissions Office
California State University, Long Beach
SS/PA Building - Room 162
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-4602

Phone: 562) 985-5654
Fax: 562) 985-5514
Email: CHHS-SW@csulb.edu

MSW Frequently Asked Questions

SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE QUESTIONS

Q. What can I do with a Social Work degree?
A. For more information, please click on the link.

Q. What is considered Social Work experience?
A. Experience working in the social work field, case management, health and human services, and/or has been supervised by a credentialed social worker (B.S.W., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Ph.D., or D.S.W.).

Q. Where can I volunteer to get more Social Work experience?
A. We don't keep a list of local agencies looking for staff or volunteers. You can search online for agencies that interest you and contact them for more information. Check out the VolunteerMatch website to get started!

Q. How can I find out more information about getting an LCSW?
A.  For more information please review the information posted on the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) website.

APPLICATION PROCESS QUESTIONS

Q. When is the deadline to apply to the MSW Program?
A. The deadline to apply to the School of Social Work MSW Program is January 15th. The deadline to apply to the University is also January 15th.  Due to the deadline falling on a Saturday and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on January 17, 2022, the deadline has been extended to January 18, 2022 for Fall 2022 admission only.  

Q. When do you start accepting applications?
A. The School of Social Work will begin accepting applications for Fall 2022 on October 1st.

Q. Do you have Spring admissions?
A. No. We only admit students for fall semester.

Q. Do I need to mail my application or can I drop it off in person?
A. Applications are submitted electronically via Cal State Apply website.

Q. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the MSW Program, what does that mean for me as an applicant?
A. Applications are processed on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Evaluation is done as soon as an application is deemed complete and ready for review, applications are evaluated until available spaces are filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early. 

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENT QUESTIONS

Q. Do I have to have a Bachelor's degree?
A. Yes. If your degree is "in progress" when you submit your application, it must be completed no later than the end of Spring 2022. You will need to submit official transcripts to Enrollment Services to verify that your Bachelor’s degree has been conferred.

Q. Do I have to have a degree in Social Work in order to apply to the MSW program?
A.  No. As long as you hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, you may apply to the MSW program.

ADMISSIONS TESTS / GRE QUESTIONS

Q. Is the GRE required?
A. No. The GRE is not required.

GPA QUESTIONS

Q. Can I apply to the program with a low GPA?
A. No. The minimum GPA to apply is a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

GPA Calculator

Q. How can I increase my GPA?
A. The only way to increase your GPA for consideration into the MSW program is by taking upper division (300- or 400-level) courses through Open University at the CSULB College of Professional and International Education You can also take upper division undergraduate courses at another college or university ONLY WHILE ENROLLED AT THAT FACILITY. These courses MAY NOT be taken through continuing education at other universities.

REFERENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS QUESTIONS

Q. Do I have to have an Academic and a Professional reference?
A. Yes. In order to apply to the MSW program, you must have three (3) references. One reference must be from an academic source (i.e. a professor or instructor), one reference must be from a professional source (i.e. a supervisor in a volunteer or paid position), and the third reference can be from either an academic or professional source.  Personal references are not appropriate and will not be accepted.

If you graduated more than five years ago, please contact our office for alternative arrangements for academic reference.

PREREQUISITES FOR MSW QUESTIONS

Q. What are the prerequisites for the MSW program?
A. You must complete a prerequisite course in Elementary Statistics with a grade of "C" or better no later than Spring 2022. A grade of "C minus (C-)" does NOT meet this requirement.

Q. How can I verify that the statistics class I took is equivalent to the Elementary Statistics prerequisite?
A. We have posted a list of approved statistics courses (PDF). If the course you took is not included on the posted list, you must submit a course syllabus to the School of Social Work Admissions Office via email for evaluation.  You will receive an email confirmation as to whether the course was approved or denied.

TRANSCRIPT QUESTIONS

Q. Do I need official transcripts from all of the colleges that I’ve attended?
A. University Enrollment Services requires an official transcript from the postsecondary school where you received your undergraduate degree or your undergraduate degree is in-progress.  The transcript deadline is the same as the application deadline, January 18, 2022 for Fall 2022 admission.

Q. Do I need unofficial transcripts from all of the colleges that I’ve attended?
A. The School of Social work requests an unofficial transcript be uploaded via Quadrant Four in Cal State Apply if your elementary statistics course was done at a different institution from your undergraduate degree.  If the course is in-progress at the time the application is submitted, you need to email an updated unofficial transcript once the coursework is complete.  

TRANSFER CREDIT QUESTIONS

Q. Can I transfer credit from another MSW program?
A. Graduate credit for social work courses taken in another accredited graduate social work program may be recommended for transfer of credits up to 6 semester credit hours.

AVAILABLE SERVICES

Q. Does CSULB have services available for veterans?
A. Yes. CSULB Veterans Services provides veterans with information about applying for admissions to CSULB. Check out their website for more information.

Q. Does CSULB offer services for students with disabilities?
A. Yes. The Bob Murphy Access Center assists students with disabilities as they secure their university degrees at CSULB. Check out their website for more information.

MSW Information Meetings

Please note: all Information Meetings for Fall 2022 admission will be held virtually, find the registration links below.  

Are you interested in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at CSULB? Plan to attend an MSW Information Meeting before you apply!

  • Information meetings are offered in the fall semester.
  • For on-campus Information Sessions, no RSVP is required to attend.  All Fall 2021 sessions will be held virtually, registrations links will be posted once the schedule is announced.
  • This is an opportunity to learn more about the the program and the application process, ask questions, meet others who are interested in the social work field and assess the education opportunities provided by the MSW program at CSULB.

For current parking information, please contact the CSULB Parking & Transportation website.  Additionally, maps of the CSULB campus can be found on the website.

INFORMATION MEETING DATES

MSW Information Meetings will be offered on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, September 10, 2021 - 6pm to 8pm  

    Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Registration

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 10am to 12pm  

    Register in advance for this meeting:  Zoom Registration

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Friday, October 8, 2021 - 6pm to 8pm  

    Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Registration

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 10am to 12pm  

    Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Registration

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Friday, November 5, 2021 - 6pm to 8pm  

    Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Registration

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • MEETING CANCELED - Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 10am to 12pm  

    Register in advance for this meeting: Meeting Canceled

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 6pm to 8pm  

    Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Registration

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please note, registration for these sessions will be limited.  If you are unable to attend or the registration for the meetings is full, we have recorded a Fall 2021 Information Meeting for later viewing.  Please find the link below.      

To access the recorded session, use the following passcode: Ze3xBQw^ 

Please note, you may have to type the passcode in rather than utilizing copy/paste to access the recorded session.  

MSW Application

Summer 2021 Update:  The application process for the MSW program has changed significantly for Fall 2022.  We strongly encourage all applicants to attend an Information Meeting for more information.  

The following information provides details about the application process. Applicants are admitted to our MSW program for the fall semester only. The application process to the MSW program via Cal State Apply has two distinct parts, submitted at one time. Each applicant must apply online to the University (CSULB) by completing Quadrants One through Three. Then each applicant must complete Quadrant Four, including the Recommendation requests and Document uploads, for the School of Social Work.  The application period is October 1 through January 15th, although for Fall 2022 the deadline has been extended to January 18, 2022 due to January 15, 2022 falling a Saturday and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on January 17, 2022.  Applicants should read the entire application carefully for full instructions as they are expected to provide complete and accurate information.

DEADLINE

The deadline to apply for the MSW program for Fall 2022 admission is January 18, 2022 (due to January 15, 2022 falling on a Saturday and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on January 17, 2022).  The Cal State Apply application will go offline at midnight, 12 am. 

  • Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed. 

Due to the complexity of the application process, applicants should be mindful of the requirements and the time needed to compile and submit the application.  

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Summer 2021 Update:  The application process for the MSW program has changed significantly for Fall 2022.  We strongly encourage all applicants to attend an Information Meeting for more information.   

All application materials will be submitted via Cal State Apply.  Before submitting any application documents, please review all instructions including those within Quadrant Four of Cal State Apply.  

Fall 2022 MSW Application - Cal State Apply [Application Opens October 1, 2021]

Fall 2022 MSW Personal Statement Prompt (PDF)

CSULB MSW Program Approved Elementary Statistics Courses (PDF)

APPLICATION DOCUMENT SUBMISSION

Summer 2021 Update:  The application process for the MSW program has changed significantly for Fall 2022.  We strongly encourage all applicants to attend an Information Meeting for more information.   

All pieces of the application, including the School of Social Work specific Questions, Personal Statement document, Professional, Volunteer and Social Service Experience/Résumé document, Unofficial Transcript document (if needed) and Recommendations are submitted via Cal State Apply.  

All inquiries should be directed to the following Email Address:  CHHS-SW@csulb.edu