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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE
APPLICATION PROCESS
DEGREE REQUIREMENT
ADMISSIONS TESTS / GRE
GPA
REFERENCES & RECOMMENDATIONS
PRE-REQUISITES (Elementary Statistics)
TRANSCRIPTS
TRANSFER CREDIT
AVAILABLE SERVICES

 

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, case management, health and human services, and/or has been 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.

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.


APPLICATION PROCESS QUESTIONS

Q. When is the deadline to apply to the MSW Program?
A. The deadline to apply to the School of Social Work MSW Program is February 15th. The deadline to apply to the University is also February 15th.

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

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. The School of Social Work has a rolling admissions process that allows for applications to be evaluated and decisions made once they are received.


UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENT

Q. Do I have to have a Bachelor's degree?
A. Yes. If your degree is "in progress" when you submit your application, it must be completed no later than the end of Spring 2014. You will need to submit official transcripts to Enrollment Services to verify that your Bachelor’s degree has been conferred.

Q. Do I have to have a degree in Social Work in order to apply to the MSW program?
A.  No. As long as you hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


ADMISSIONS TESTS / GRE

Q. Is the GRE required?
A. No. The GRE is not required.


GPA QUESTIONS

Q. Can I apply to the program with a low GPA?
A. No. The minimum GPA to apply is a 2.8 cumulative GPA. If your GPA falls below the minimum, you can calculate your last 60-semester/90-quarter units to see if that number is at the 2.8 GPA threshold. If not, you must raise your GPA prior to applying.

GPA Calculator

Q. How can I increase my GPA?
A. The only way to increase your GPA for consideration into the MSW program is by taking upper division (300- or 400-level) courses through the CSULB College of Continuing and Professional Education. You can also take upper division undergraduate courses at another college or university ONLY WHILE ENROLLED AT THAT FACILITY. These courses MAY NOT be taken through continuing education at other universities.


REFERENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Q. Do I have to have an Academic and a Professional reference?
A. Yes. In order to apply to the MSW program, you must have three (3) references: one academic, one professional, and one either academic or professional.  Personal references are not appropriate and will not be accepted.

If you graduated more than five years ago, please contact our office for alternative arrangements for the academic reference.


PRE-REQUISITES FOR MSW

Q. What are the prerequisites for the MSW program?
A. You must complete a prerequisite course in Elementary Statistics with a grade of "C" or better no later than Spring 2014.

Q. Where can I take the Elementary Statistics class?
A. The list of equivalent courses that can be taken at a community college can be found on the School of Social Work website or on the Assist.org website.

Q. How can I verify that the statistics class I took is equivalent to the Elementary Statistics prerequisite?
A. You can verify this information as follows:
(1) If you took a course at a local community/junior college: you can check the Course Equivalencies document to confirm that the course you took has already been approved.
(2) If you took a course in the state of California, you can check the Assist.org website to verify that the course you took is equivalent to one of the CSULB courses that meets this requirement (see Course Equivalencies link above).
(3) You can contact our Admissions Office to confirm whether or not the course you took has been approved in the past.
(4) If you cannot verify the course via options 1-3, you must submit a course syllabus in your application packet. The syllabus will be evaluated and you will receive an email confirmation as to whether the course was approved or denied.

TRANSCRIPTS

Q. Do I need official transcripts from all of the colleges that I’ve attended?

A. University Enrollment Services requires official transcripts from all colleges/universities that the applicant has attended. The transcript deadline is February 15th.


TRANSFER CREDIT

Q. Can I transfer credit from another MSW program?

A. Graduate credit for social work courses taken in another accredited graduate social work program may be recommended for transfer of credits up to 6 semester credit hours. Review the information regarding Transfer Credit posted to our website.

 

AVAILABLE SERVICES

Q. Does CSULB have services available for veterans?

A. Yes. CSULB Veterans Services provides veterans with information about applying for admissions to CSULB. Check out their website for more information.

Q. Does CSULB offer services for students with disabilities?

A. Yes. Disabled Student Services assists students with disabilities as they secure their university degrees at CSULB. Check out their website for more information.