Admission Information

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 bottom 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 semester of each year. The application process for fall 2024 will begin October 1, 2023, applications for admission will be available then. The application deadline for the fall 2024 is February 16, 2024. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline. 

Application Process

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the MSW program is based on an overall evaluation of the applicant on the following criteria: 1) intellectual and academic potential, 2) relevant human services experience, 3) leadership potential, and 4) quality of reference letters.

Writing Proficiency Requirement: Please see below #5. 

Bachelor's Degree

The Department of Social Work requires a minimum of an earned baccalaureate degree for admission to its MSW program.

Essential Requirements

An applicant must meet these requirements before the Admissions Committee will review the application.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application file is complete.

  1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree that provides a liberal arts foundation significantly equivalent to the general education requirements listed in the CSUB catalog and that is from a recognized college or university. 
  2. A GPA of at least 2.5 (on a four point scale) in the last 60/90 units.
  3. A completed University application via Cal State Apply
  4. A completed Department of Social Work application
  5. Proof of Writing Proficiency Requirement (see below) 
           - Fall 2024 applicants must complete the MSW Writing Exam by 2/15/2024. 
           - The MSW Writing Exam is proctored at the CSUB Testing Center weekly on Mondays through Thursdays at 9am, 10am, and 2pm. Contact the Testing Center to schedule an appointment to take the exam: Office: 661 654-3373; Email:  **If you live outside of a 100 mile radius and need testing accomodations, please reach out to the department at . **
  6. Official sealed copies of transcripts from all colleges attended.
  7. Resume (according to the guidelines in the department application)
  8. Three letters of reference
  9. Cal State Apply Application fee ($70)

Applicants who meet items 2 through 10 above will be evaluated for possible admission to the program.  Applicants who do not yet have a bachelor’s degree may be admitted as “conditional” graduate students and must submit proof of having completed their degrees before beginning the MSW program. 

Financial Resources

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

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

For more information email: 

Part Time Program Information

The MSW part-time program is offered in a blended format, which includes face-to-face and on-line instruction for each course.  The blended program allows 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. Part-time 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.

Advanced Standing Program

Students who meet the following requirements may apply for admission with Advanced Standing:

  1. Must have completed the BSW degree within five years prior to admission to the graduate program.
  2. Must have an overall GPA of 3.0 for the baccalaureate degree.
  3. Must have a grade of B (3.0) or better for all social work courses.  

Students who qualify for Advanced Standing receive a waiver of the foundation content.  


Information Meetings

MSW Open House Flyer 

Open House Dates:

  • October 13, 2023 @ 5pm-Email to register for this in-person session. 
  • November 15, 2023 @ 6pm
  • December 4, 2023 @ 6pm

*Sessions will be offered both in-person/via Zoom, scan the QR code available on the MSW Open House Flyer to register to attend.

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Admission Materials

Application and accompanying materials will be submitted electronically via email at: 

*The Department plans to conclude the Fall 2024 admissions notification process in late Spring 2024.


Deadline to Apply

Fall 2024: Application will open Oct. 1, 2023 & all application materials will be due February 16, 2024. 

*The department plans to conclude the Fall 2023 admissions notification process in late Spring 2024.