Dear Prospective Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Links to all of the information and forms needed to complete your application are included below. Please make sure that you read each section fully, as applicants will be held to the deadlines and guidelines detailed therein. To be considered for admission, all application forms and documents must be received or post-marked by January 15, 2014.
1. INFORMATION AND FORMS:
- Application Checklists
- Admission Requirements
- Application Instructions
- Department Application
- Applicant Contract
- Personal Statement Instructions
- Recommendation Packet Instructions for Applicant
- Recommendation Packet Instructions and Forms for Recommender
- Resume Instructions
2. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO COMPLETE THE UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENT APPLICATIONS:
- CSUN Application via CSU Mentor (http://csumentor.com/admissionapp/grad_apply.asp)
- Graduate Application Fee ($55)
- Official transcripts
- The CSUN Admissions and Records Office requires transcripts from every college and/or university attended.
- The MSW Department requires transcripts for the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of your undergraduate degree and any post-grad or graduate programs.
- Application for the MSW Program
- Applicant Contract
- Applicant’s Personal Statement
- Three (3) Recommendation Packets
- Applicant’s Resume
CSUN Admission Timeline
Complete Application Received by
December 2, 2013
January 15, 2014
Department Decision On or Before
May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014
The mission of the Department of Social Work at California State University, Northridge is to prepare professional social workers to promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities in the urban setting.
The Department will provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values and skills required to:
- Prevent social, emotional and behavioral problems; improve the well-being of individuals and families; and support the recovery process.
- Develop programs and policies which build on the strengths of urban families.
- Empower and be relevant to the needs of the multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural San Fernando Valley and its surrounding communities.
- Advocate for a diverse and just society.
The CSUN MSW program and curriculum are accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and our department’s mission, goals, and objectives reflect the CSWE’s ten core competencies for the social work profession. These competencies, which represent the key areas of lifelong learning for social workers, include:
- Professional Identity—Identify as a professional Social Worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
- Ethical Practice—Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- Critical Thinking—Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Diversity in Practice—Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Human Rights and Justice—Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
- Research Based Practice—Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
- Human Behavior—Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- Policy Practice—Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
- Practice Contexts—Respond to contexts that shape practice.
- Engage Assess Intervene Evaluate—Engage, asses, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families groups, organizations and communities.
Thank you again for your interest in the MSW program at CSUN. If you have additional questions about the program or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Admission Coordinator, Tiffany Newton, at email@example.com.
Dr. Amy Levin, Department Chair
Dr. Wendy Ashley, Admissions Committee Chair
Tiffany Newton, Administrative Admissions Coordinator