Admission Overview for On-Campus Programs
The Department of Social Work invites applications from those 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. Please note that your writing samples provided in application materials will be considered for writing effectiveness, as this program relies greatly on written work submissions in coursework. Please see the Admissions Tab for information on applying to the program.
The MSW program is designed for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability and the capacity for independent thought and work. The curriculum emphasizes both cognitive and pragmatic ability. In the first half of the program, students are offered a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge base of social work. During the second half of the program, specialized skills are developed in an urban family strengths-based practice model. Over the course of their graduate studies, all students complete two field internship field experiences.
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.