Social work

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Frequently Asked Questions

What programs do you offer?

Is the MSW program accredited?

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, at which time the Department will seek reaccreditation. Reaccreditation is required every 8 years.                   

Do you offer tracks or concentrations?

We do not offer concentrations, instead we offer a generalist program with a focus on urban families. A generalist approach gives you the foundation to work in a variety of settings with a variety of populations. 

Are the classes offered online?

At present, the only online classes are those for the online MSW program. However, we may have some online or hybrid classes in the future.

Do you offer financial aid? Stipends? Grants?

The Department of Social Work does have some small scholarships for students and applications are made available at the end of the first year in the program. Students are encouraged to seek scholarships on their own and browse through the Funding Your Graduate Education section of our webiste.  

We also offer several stipends in child welfare (Title IV E), gerontology or mental health. Depending on the stipend, information is presented either at our new student orientation or during the second year field placement fair.

For financial aid information, please call the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department at 818-677-4085. You can also visit their website at

Financial opportunities for CSUN graduate students can also be found on the Graduate Studies website.

When do you accept applications?

The application deadlines may change from year to year, so please refer to our admissions page for more information: Admissions

The application for Fall 2015 will be open on October 1st, 2014.  Students begin the program only in the Fall semester. 

Where can I find the application?

Our application becomes available the first week of October on our website under admissions.

Do you offer advisement appointments or information sessions?

We hold information sessions each Fall semester. The current dates can be found on the website.

We are unable to offer individual advisement appointments. However, you are always welcome to call, email or visit us with any questions you may have.

What are my chances of being admitted?

We typically accept between 25% and 35% of the applicants whom apply to the program each year with a targeted incoming class size of around 100. This estimate includes both the two-year and three-year on-campus cohorts.

Do you have Spring admissions?

No, we only have Fall admissions. 

Do you have print materials that cover this information?

Prospective students can download the MSW View Book.


What is social work? What can I do with an MSW degree?

The primary mission of social work is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and
empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty (NASW Code of Ethics).

We encourage you to visit the following websites for more detailed information regarding types of social workers, job opportunities after obtaining an MSW, and more detailed information regarding the profession:

Learn to Become a Social Worker website

NASW Explore the Social Work Profession