The MSW Program

MSW Curriculum

The MSW curriculum at CSUB is built on a model of advanced generalist practice, which prepares graduates to work in a variety of roles across micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice.  The curriculum addresses two levels of competency: Foundation and Concentration.

Foundation Courses

SW 510: Social policy and services (5)
SW 520: Foundations of Human Behavior (5)
SW 530: Research methods for Social Work (5)
SW 540: Generalist Social Work Practice I (Micro Practice) (5)
SW 541: Generalist Social Work Practice II (Mezzo Practice) (5)
SW 542: Generalist Social Work Practice III (Macro Practice) (5)
SW 543: Assessment and Diagnosis (5)
SW 550: Field Practicum I (3)
SW 551: Field Practicum II (3)
SW 552: Field Practicum III (4)

In the advanced generalist model, concentration courses add depth and breadth to the generalist foundation.

Concentration Courses

SW 610: Advanced Social Policy and Services (5)
SW 630: Advanced Research Methods for Social Work Practice (5)
SW 646: Advanced Practice I (Micro Practice) (5)
SW 647: Advanced Practice II (Mezzo Practice) (5)
SW 648: Advanced Practice III (Administrative Practice) (5)
SW 650: Advanced Field Practicum I (3)
SW 651: Advanced Field Practicum II (3)
SW 652: Advanced Field Practicum III (4)

Elective course work
The MSW course of study includes at least 10 units of elective courses approved by the department. Students who receive special funding are required to take electives associated with their special funding.

Culminating Experience
In conjunction with the field practicum, each student completes a "portfolio" paper as a culminating experience.

Advancement to Graduate Candidacy

Advancement to candidacy is required prior to initiation of the final year of course work.

Regular MSW students may be advanced to candidacy upon successful completion of the Foundation curriculum, and advanced-standing students may be advanced to candidacy during the second quarter of their studies. Advancement to candidacy is based upon a formal review and recommendation by the faculty and approval by the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.

Degree Requirements

The University confers the MSW degree upon fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 90 hours of course work (50 hours for advanced-standing students) according to an approved degree plan.
  2. Completion of 960 hours of field experience (480 hours for advanced-standing students) and associated seminars.
  3. Completion of a culminating experience.
  4. Grade point average of 3.0, and a grade of "C" or better in all courses taken to satisfy the requirements for the degree as specified in each student's Plan of Study.
  5. Completion of 64 credits in residence for regular students and 32 for the advanced-standing students.
  6. All coursework leading to the MSW degree must be completed within 7 years from first enrollment.

Life or Work Experience

The Department of SocialWork does not accept course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

Student Handbook

Details about the MSW program are available in the Student Handbook.