Consideration for admission requires two separate applications: a university application and a department application.  The department application also requires three professional references.  The university application, department application, and reference forms are available via the links on the right.

The university notifies the applicant of admission to the university, and the department notifies the applicant of admission to the department.  Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the department.

Students are admitted only in the fall quarter of each year.  The application process for fall 2015 is closed.  Applications for admission in the fall of 2016 will be available in the fall of 2015.  The application deadline for Fall 2016 will be about February 1, 2016.

Financial Resources

All applicants are encouraged to apply to the university for financial aid.

Individuals who are interested in the Titile IV-E CalSWEC program should follow the directions on the last two pages of the department application.  Additional information about the Title IV-E CalSWEC program is available from CalSWEC's child welfare site

The Mental Health CalSWEC program is available only to students in the final year of the MSW program.  Information about that program is available from CalSWEC's mental health site.

2016-2017 Part Time Program Information

The MSW part-time program will be offered in a blended format beginning in the academic year 2016-2017. The blended format will include one face-to-face session for each course every three weeks of the semester and significant online learning opportunities between face-to-face sessions. The blended program will allow students to take all three courses in a semester on one evening during the workweek. These courses will be offered either on Tuesday or Thursday night. As seen in the part-time program of study below, students will complete three courses in the fall and spring semesters of all three years and one course during the summer of the first and second year of the program.

1st Year

Fall   Semester

Spring   Semester

Summer (6 weeks)

6400: Professional   Social Work Identity (3)

6430 Foundational   Micro Practice

6420:   Diagnostic Process in Social Work (3)

6410:   Generalist Social Work Practice (3)

6440 Foundational   Mezzo Practice

6100:   Foundation Policy in Social Work (3)

6200:   Foundation Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)

2nd   Year

Fall Semester

 Spring Semester

Summer (6 weeks)

6500: Foundation Social Work Field Practicum (3)

6160: Advanced Policy in Social Work (3)

6260: Advanced Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)

 (3)   6450 Foundation   Macro Practice

Foundation Research in Social Work (3)

* Foundation Elective

6300   Foundation Research in Social Work (3)

3rd   Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

6560: Advanced Field Practicum I (3)

6570: Advanced Social Work Field Practicum II (3)

6460: Advanced Social Work Practice I (3)

6470: Advanced Social Work Practice II (3)

Advanced Research

6590: Culminating Social Work Project (3)

Information Meetings

Individuals who need information may contact the department to arrange a phone consultation or a face-to-face meeting.