Designed in collaboration between the Department of Social Work in CSUN's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and The Tseng College, this MSW program is offered both online (as a two-year, full-time program) and off-campus (as a part-time, three-year program). Locations for off-campus vary each admissions cycle.
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 – 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 9am-6pm. 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.
Master of Social Work - Off-Campus
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 (COC) or Thursdays (Ventura) from 4-10 pm, and includes up to four additional Saturdays during the Summer terms. Students must be available for field placement Monday-Friday, from 9am-6pm. 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 (COC)
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Ventura County Government Center
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009
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.
Sample Class Schedules
Want to get more information or apply to an Online or Off-campus program?
Contact: Julie Garcia (Tseng College) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachel Navarro (Online & Offsite Coordinator) at
To get more information or to apply please visit: http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/programs/MSW
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 Online & 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 Online & 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.