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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE
BASW PROGRAM
APPLICATION PROCESS
GPA
PRE-REQUISITES
REFERENCES & RECOMMENDATIONS
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
TRANSCRIPTS

 

SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE QUESTIONS

Q. What can I do with a Social Work degree?
A. For more information, please click on the link.

Q. What is considered Social Work experience?
A. Experience working in the social work field, health and human services, case management, or other work supervised by a credentialed social worker (B.S.W., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Ph.D., or D.S.W.)

Q. Where can I volunteer to get more Social Work experience?
A. We don't keep a list of local agencies looking for staff or volunteers. You can search online for agencies that interest you and contact them for more information. Check out the VolunteerMatch website to get started!

Q. How can I find out more information about getting an MSW degree?
A.  For more information, please review the information posted on our Master of Social Work (MSW) website.

Q. How can I find out more information about getting an LCSW?
A.  For more information, please review the information posted on the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) website.


BASW PROGRAM QUESTIONS

Q.What program options does the School of Social Work offer in the BASW Program?
A. We offer two full-time options: a daytime program and an evening program. 

  • Classes for the daytime program are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30am until 4:45pm. 
  • Classes for the evening program are held on Mondays and Wednesdays evenings (5:30pm until 9:45pm) and Tuesday evenings (7:00pm until 9:45pm).

Q.Can I switch programs after I am admitted?
A. Once admitted, students are not allowed to switch from daytime to evening courses or vice versa, except with the permission of the BASW Undergraduate Program Director.

Q.What are the Field Work requirements?
A. Field work is an integral part of the BASW curriculum. It provides an opportunity for students to apply social work knowledge and practice skills in an agency-based, educationally-focused field setting.

BASW students in their junior year must complete an 80-hour practicum at a community agency (8 hours per week for 10 weeks). BASW students in their senior year must complete 450 hours of field work throughout the academic year, as well as attend a weekly seminar. Students must complete 16 hours per week in an assigned field agency setting, which must include either two 8-hour weekdays, or one 8-hour and two 4-hour weekdays.

The School of Social Work determines the field work agencies to which students will be assigned, and the majority of field work agencies are located in low income, urban areas.  If admitted to the BASW program, the student agrees to accept the field work placement assigned by the field faculty of the School. 


APPLICATION PROCESS QUESTIONS

Q. I am already a current CSULB student, what do I need to do to apply to the BASW Program?
A. Continuing (current) CSULB students should submit the supplemental application packet to the School of Social Work in their sophomore year after completing a minimum of sixty (60) units including the three (3) prerequisite courses. Applicants must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for these three prerequisite courses and a grade of "C" or better in each prerequisite course.

Q. I am a Transfer Applicant, what do I need to do to apply to the BASW Program?
A. Transfer Applicants (i.e. new to CSULB) should first apply online to the University through CSU Mentor and then submit the supplemental application packet to the School of Social Work after completing a minimum of sixty (60) semester units, including University general education requirements and the three (3) prerequisite courses. Applicants must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for these three prerequisite courses and a grade of "C" or better in each prerequisite course.

Q. When is the deadline to apply to the BASW Program?
A. The deadline for transfer applicants to apply to the University is November 30, 2014. The deadline for all applicants to submit their supplemental application packets to the School of Social Work is March 1st, 2015.

Q. When do you start accepting applications?
A. The School of Social Work will begin accepting applications for Fall 2015 on October 1st, 2014.

Q. Do you have Spring admissions?
A. No. We only admit students for fall semester.

Q. Do I need to mail my application or can I drop it off in person?
A. You can mail in your application or drop it off in person. Our office is located in the Social Sciences/Public Affairs (SS/PA) building, room 246.

Q. When will I know the status of my application?
A. Applications will be processed as they are received, but they will be evaluated after the deadline. Applicants will receive an email confirmation once the documents have been received by the Admissions office then decisions will be sent after they are made.


GPA QUESTIONS

Q. What is the minimum GPA required to apply?
A. The cumulative GPA required for the BASW Program varies year-to-year, depending on the applicant pool.  Transfer students will have to meet the cumulative GPA set by CSULB. In addition, all applicants must complete the three prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better by the spring term prior to entering the program and must have a cumulative GPA for the three prerequisite courses of 2.5 or higher. 

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PRE-REQUISITES FOR BASW

Q. What are the prerequisites for the BASW program?
A. The following three prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all three prerequisites:

      • Human Biology (BIOL 205) OR Anatomy & Physiology
      • General Psychology (PSY 100)
      • Elementary Statistics (STAT 108, C/ST 210, HDEV 250, PSY 210, SOC 250)

The course numbers listed above are CSULB courses. Other courses might be equivalent to these courses. Applicants can check the School of Social Work Course Equivalency document or Assist.org to verify whether there are articulation agreements between junior/community colleges and CSULB. Assist.org is only for community and junior colleges within California. For out-of-state schools or if your school is not listed, please contact the School of Social Work’s Admissions Office for guidance.

REFERENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Q. Do I have to have an Academic and a Professional reference?
A. Yes. In order to apply to the BASW program, you must have two (2) references: one academic and one professional.  Personal references are not appropriate and will not be accepted.

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT

Q. How long does the Autobiographical Statement have to be?
A. Instructions for writing the Autobiographical Statement are included in the BASW Admission Application.

TRANSCRIPTS

Q. Do I need official transcripts from all of the colleges that I’ve attended?A. CSULB University Enrollment Services requires official transcripts from all colleges/universities that the applicant has attended.