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 

MSW Admissions Contact Information:

Phone: (661) 654-2107

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

MSW Admissions

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

Fall 2024 Applicants: Application will be available beginning October 1, 2023. Application deadline is February 16, 2024. 

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

Announcements & Events


MSW Open House Flyer

Open House Dates: 

  • October 13, 2023 @5pm
  • 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. 

Updated: 2023-24 MSW Student Handbook

Updated: 2023-24 Field Manual