Social work

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Programs do you offer?

We have both two-year and three-year MSW programs here on the CSUN campus.

We also have a variety of off-campus programs including:

  • An online MSW program
  • An MSW program offered on the College of the Canyons campus in Santa Clarita, CA

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 offer a generalist program with a focus on urban families. Thus, we do not offer specialized tracks in gerontology, veterans, or criminology like some other local MSW programs.

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 class 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.  Scholarship opportunities are available

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.

What are the admission requirements for the program?

  • 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 (provide a link to the NASW 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.

When do you accept applications?

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

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 2-year and 3-year on-campus cohorts.

Do you have Spring admissions?

We only admit students for the Fall term each year.

Do you have print materials that cover this information?

Our program brochure, links to our newsletter archive, and other materials are available in the prospective student section of our website.