Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the deadline for admissions?
Fall 2014 applications for our 2 year full time program and our 3 year Accelerated program are accepted on a rolling admissions basis beginning October 15, 2013. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis until spaces are filled. The deadline for the university application submission is April 1 for Fall 2014.  Please note that you must complete a university application (CSUMentor) and a department supplemental application for the admissions process to be complete.  Once spaces are filled the department will no longer be able to accept applications!

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Q: Can I apply in the spring or summer semester?
A: No, not at this time. The MSW program only accepts applications for the fall semester.

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Q: How long is the program?
A: A two-year program (4 semesters) with field work occurring Monday, Wednesdays, and some Fridays 2) A three year accelerated part-time program with field work occurring I in the second and third years AND 3) A four year part-time program with field work occurring in the second and third years.

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Q: Does the Department of Social Work offer an advanced standing program?
A: The Program is currently considering this option for the 2010-2011 Academic year.  Please check the website frequently for more information.

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Q: What type of undergraduate degree do I need?
A: We invite candidates with an undergraduate degree that is founded in the liberal arts background. This includes coursework in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and English composition. We believe this set of courses provides a solid foundation that adequately prepares students for generalist social work education.  If a student does not have this background, he/she can still apply and complete all of the coursework prerequisites before being admitted.

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Q: What is the minimum GPA? Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
A: We invite candidates who have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units. The GRE is not required, but it is recommended for those who possess a GPA of 2.75 to 3.0.  Please check the website frequently for Advanced Standing Program GPA requirements.

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Q: What are the prerequisites?
A: We request that all students have completed at least one (1) course in either human development or its equivalent as well as one (1) elementary statistics course.

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Q: Do I need to have completed all the requirements and/or prerequisites before applying for the MSW program?
A: No, however at least 80% of the requirements and/or prerequisites must be completed prior to submitting an application. Please note that all requirements and/or prerequisites must be formally completed before actually enrolling in the program.

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Q: Does the MSW program give social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience?
A: In accordance with the Council of Social Work Education, the Department of Social Work cannot grant course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

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Q: Do I need a car and valid insurance to enroll in the MSW program?
A: Although a car is not required, students will be expected to spend 16-20 hours a week in a community-based fieldwork agency.  Many agencies will require that student interns have a car and valid driver’s license.  If a student does not have reliable transportation, it may impede the field placement process.

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Q: I have a misdemeanor and/or felony on my record. Can I still apply?
A: The MSW program does admit students with certain criminal offenses on their record. However, there are certain fieldwork settings and professional social work settings that will not allow persons on-site if they have certain misdemeanors or felonies in their background. Students should consult with CSUDH faculty immediately if they have concerns about their ability to be placed in an agency, or their future employability in the social work field.

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Q: What are the options for concentrations in particular social work areas of study?
A: CSUDH is unique in that its curriculum focuses on one concentration: Social Work Practice in Communities.  Students can then specialize one of the following areas:
1. Children, Youth and Families; 2. Community Mental health; or 3.  Community Capacity Building.

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Q: Can I submit my transcripts and my application separately?
A: No, only complete applications will be considered.

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Q: Do you offer any stipend programs?
A: Yes, we offer both CalSWEC and IUC programs for full-time students who are interested in Child Welfare.

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Q: What major Code do I use when applying to the program on CSUMENTOR?
A: Master of Social Work or 5150.

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