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Make a Difference.

The profession of social work is grounded in a commitment to serving vulnerable and oppressed populations and advocating for public policies that promote social justice.  

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at CSUB prepares students for advanced generalist social work practice. Graduates are prepared to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in fields such as mental health, physical health, child and family services, gerontology, corrections, juvenile justice, youth services, and substance abuse treatment. 

CSUB uses advanced-generalist practice as the model for the curriculum.  This model prepares graduates to perform a variety of roles across micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice. Within the advanced-generalist framework of the curriculum, students may choose an emphasis in child and family services, mental health, or gerontology/ health social work in a full-time, part-time, or advanced standing plan of study. CSU Bakersfield’s MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Pursuing a degree and career in Social Work is a life-altering experience. If you want an exciting education that gives you the skills you need to create real change in the community, study Social Work at CSUB!

Please click on the links at left for more information about the MSW program at CSUB.

Department of Social Work

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022 

Phone: (661) 654-3434

Fax: (661) 654-6928
Office: Dorothy Donahoe Hall A100 

MSW Admissions

Phone: (661) 654-2107
Office:  Dorothy Donahoe Hall A103

Fall 2022 Applicants: Application will be available beginning October 1, 2021. Application deadline is 12/1/2021

*The Department plans to conclude the admissions notification process in April 2022

Announcements & Events

MSW Open House Flyer 2022 

Virtual Open House Dates: (Email to register) 

  • October 8, 2021 (4-6pm)
  • October 20, 2021 (5:30-7:30pm)
  • November 3, 2021 (5:30-7:30pm)

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our department is telecommuting. If you have any questions about the program or application status, please email us. 

Updated: 2020-21 MSW Student Handbook

Updated: 2020-21 Field Manual

GWAR Information