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

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 2016 will be open on September 1st, 2015.  Students begin the program only in the Fall semester. 

Where can I find the application?

Our application becomes available the first week of September 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 offer Fall admissions. 

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

Do you have any pre-requisite course requirements?

No, the program does not require any specific coursework before applying.

To be considered for admission to the MSW program, applicants must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college, prior to Fall 2016. While a major in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Liberal Arts, or a related field is preferred, other majors will be considered for admission.

To be considered for admission to the MSW program, applicants must have graduated with a baccalaureatedegree from an accredited university or college, prior to Fall 2015. While a major in Social Work, Sociology,Psychology, Liberal Arts, or a related field is preferred, other majors will be considered for admission.


What is the minimum GPA in order to apply?

The minimum GPA requirement to apply is a 2.5 in either the cumulative GPA or last 60 units.
Ideally, applicants should have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above for the last 60 units of undergraduate or graduate course work. 

Is the GRE required in order to apply?

All applicants with a cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) below a 3.0 are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Applicants must pass one of the three sections on the GRE by receiving a score in the fiftieth percentile on the verbal or quantitative portions, or a 4.5 or above in the analytical writing portion of the GRE. For students accepted into the MSW Program, the GRE must be taken by October 1 of the year in which they will begin the program. For information and registration please go to