Social work

Off-Campus Programs

Because of its urban setting in the heart of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County, CSUN offers an approach to graduate-level social work education that concentrates on urban family practice. This focus offers students opportunities to learn and develop strategies for working in any urban environment at any level – from individual/family to group/community to societal/policy. CSUN's MSW degree prepares students for careers as administrators, community advocates, counselors, policy makers, researchers, supervisors and service workers in a wide variety of settings, including community and government organizations, healthcare centers and schools.

This relatively new program – the fifth class graduated in 2011– aims to enhance the sensitivity of students to issues of social and economic justice while providing opportunities for critical review of social policies. Because the program features a substantial field-education component, students are exposed to practice with vulnerable and at-risk populations, an experience that stimulates student interest in social advocacy and enhances their appreciation of the planned-change process. The curriculum also emphasizes the development of creative and critical thinking to enable graduates to initiate, adapt and evaluate policies and interventions appropriate to specific client groups.

Designed for working professionals in collaboration with the Department of Social Work in CSUN's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, this MSW program is offered both online (as a two-year, full-time program) and (as a part-time, three-year program) at three off-campus locations: College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services in the City of Industry (for LADPSS employees only), and the Ventura County Human Services Agency in Ventura.

All courses are taught by distinguished CSUN faculty who are also experts in the field of social work, and the program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSUN academic programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Master of Social Work - Santa Clarita, CA (COC)

Three-year part time program

Students attend classes year round. Classes are taught three at a time, in 16-week semesters. Students complete a total of 21 classes (63 graduate units). While CSUN's MSW is a 60-unit degree, students who participate in off-campus cohorts may be required to complete additional units to meet the specific Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) fieldwork requirements for each cohort/location. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 4-10 p.m., and occasional Saturdays. Students must be available for field placement Monday-Friday, from 9-5pm. Evening and weekend field placements are unavailable. When field internship hours remain incomplete beyond the first and second years of the program students are required to complete their remaining field hours in the final year of the program. It is not possible for students to complete a field internship at their place of employment.

College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Beginning the Fall semester of the first year, students are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours of field placement internship per week. Field placement days and times are determined by the CSUN MSW Field Education Department, based on agency needs, student schedules and employer approval. If offered admission to the CSUN MSW Program, students are required to successfully complete a field internship interview on campus. All applicants are advised to review the Field Education Manual and Student Manual for the policies governing the field internship and academic program prior to applying to the CSUN MSW Program.

Master of Social Work - City of Industry, CA (DPSS)

Three-year part time program (FOR DPSS EMPLOYEES ONLY)

Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
12860 Crossroads Parkway South
City of Industry, CA 91746

Students attend classes year round. Classes are taught three at a time, in 14-week semesters. Classes are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Students complete 22 classes (66 graduate units). Students earn a 60-unit degree with an additional six units to meet the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation fieldwork requirement for this cohort. Students will complete two internships during the MSW program, at two different agencies outside of DPSS. Each internship will run from September through August for the first and second years of the program. When field internship hours remain incomplete beyond the first and second years of the program students are required to complete their remaining field hours in the final year of the program.  Students are required to complete nine hours per week of field placement internship, which begins in the Fall semester of the first year. Field placement days and times are determined by the CSUN MSW Field Education Department, based on agency needs, student schedules and employer approval.  Students must be available for field placement Monday-Friday, from 9-5pm.  Evening and weekend field placements are unavailable.  It is the student's responsibility to negotiate their absence from DPSS with their supervisor.  CSUN is not involved in the negotiation of RDO's. It is not possible for students to complete a field internship at their place of employment.   If offered admission to the CSUN MSW Program, students are required to successfully complete a field internship interview. All applicants are advised to review the Field Education Manual and Student Manual for the policies governing the field internship and academic program prior to applying to the CSUN MSW Program.

Master of Social Work – Online

Two-year full time program

The MSW online program is a two-year (four-semester), asynchronous, full-time program with the exception of a weekly synchronous field education class. This means that students do not have to be online at a specific time for the academic classes, but must attend a weekly, one-hour (synchronous) online field education class. Students take two eight-week courses at a time for a total of 20 classes (60 graduate units), plus ongoing 16-week field education classes.

Students will not be required to come to the CSUN campus or any other affiliate university campus during the four-semester online MSW program.

Field hours will be 16 hours per week during the entire duration of the program. Students must be available for field placement Monday-Friday, from 9-5pm. Evening and weekend field placements are unavailable. It is not possible for students to complete a field internship at their place of employment. Field placement days and times are determined by the CSUN MSW Field Education Department, based on agency needs, student schedules and employer approval. If offered admission to the CSUN Online MSW Program, students are required to successfully complete a field internship interview. All applicants are advised to review the Field Education Manual and Student Manual for the policies governing the field internship and academic program prior to applying to the CSUN Online MSW Program.

Sample Class Schedules

Want get more information or apply to an off-campus program? 

Contact: Erin Traynor at (818) 677-6367 or Janice Ollis at (818) 677-4638

To get more information or to apply please visit: http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/programs/MSW

Accreditation

The Department of Social Work received national initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) from 2004-2005 to 2012. This accreditation has been reaffirmed by the CSWE Commission on Accreditation (COA) for eight years, ending February 2020.

Admission Overview for Off-campus Programs

The Department of Social Work invites applications from those who are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of the residents of San Fernando Valley, and the Greater Los Angeles Region. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and accepts candidates who demonstrate personal and academic qualifications necessary for success as a graduate student and as an autonomous social work practitioner.

Admission Criteria for Off-Campus Programs

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college. A liberal arts background with some coursework in the social, behavioral and biological sciences is strongly preferred.

Applicants must present evidence of the ability to complete graduate study. Applicants should have attained a GPA of 3.0, although an exception might be made in some circumstances. If you have less than a 3.0 overall GPA, the University requires the GRE.

Individuals applying should demonstrate evidence of personal maturity, including the ability to withstand difficult emotional challenges, a commitment to interpersonal processing within the parameters of cultural expectations, respect for others and for their life decisions, a readiness to learn advanced clinical and macro practice and research skills, a commitment to social justice and to the profession's Code of Ethics and a capacity for flexibility and creativity.

Preference will be given to applicants who have had post-baccalaureate work experience. Academic credit, however, cannot be given for prior life and work experience.