Two Year Program-
Enrollment for the two-year program begins in the fall semester only. Students complete 60 graduate credits, including 16 hours per week of field placement internship in the first year and 20 hours per week of field placement internship in the second year. Students attend classes two week days.
Three Year Program-
Enrollment for the three-year program begins in the fall semester only. Students throughout the program attend classes year-round. Classes are held two evenings per week and occasional Saturdays. Students complete 60-63 graduate credits, including 16 hours per week of field placement starting in fall of the first year through the second academic year. Most placements are Monday – Friday during regular business hours.
Sample Class Schedules
- Two-Year Program (.pdf)
- Three-Year Program (.pdf)
- CalSWEC Three-Year Program (DCFS Employees only) (.pdf)
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 Criteria for the On-Campus Two-Year and Three-Year 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. Ideally, applicants will have attained a GPA of 3.0.
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.