The School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) welcomes your interest in our School and the programs we offer. We are pleased you are committed to a career in social work, a profession dedicated to the development of a just society. Our mission is to educate and graduate diverse, ethical and competent social work students; engage in collaborative, community-based research; and provide meaningful service to the community and the profession.
Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and prepares graduates to serve as professional social workers who excel in all levels of practice in economically and socially diverse environments.
The MSW degree requires the completion of 60 semester units over the course of a 2-year program plan or 3-year program plan. We also offer an Advanced Standing option for those applicants who have completed a recent undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program.
In addition to on-campus courses, the MSW curriculum includes a fieldwork sequence which allows students to apply their knowledge, social work practice and intervention skills in a community agency setting under the supervision of qualified field instructors during two 500-hour placements.
Graduates of our program are prepared to work with diverse populations, advocate in a variety of settings, ensure equitable access for disenfranchised populations and promote social justice. We address community challenges related to child welfare, health and behavioral health integrated care, substance use, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, the growing aging population and social change. We educate students for micro and macro practice and leadership in government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools and non-traditional settings.
We are excited to announce that our School of Social Work is currently redesigning the MSW program curriculum in order to offer students an innovative academic experience that prepares them for excellence as professional social workers in an ever-evolving world. Proposed specialized areas of study include Child and Family Wellbeing; Adulthood and Aging; and Integrated Health. At this time, the new program is moving through the CSULB approval process, and we look forward to sharing more information with you as our plans are finalized.
We encourage you to attend one of our fall information meetings to learn more about the MSW program and the application process. We will post updates to this website as new information becomes available, so please check back here often.
Thank you for your interest in our program!
For more information: Contact Us
2014 School of Social Work Admission Application (open in Adobe for fillable PDF)
2014 School of Social Work Reference Form (open in Adobe for fillable PDF)
The deadline for submitting both applications is February 15, 2014.
Questions? Attend one of our
FALL INFORMATION MEETINGS.