We offer a three year Part-Time Master of Social Work program that focuses on meeting community needs as well as social work theory and practice.

The program consists of evening classes, and students in their second and third year are required to complete 16 hours of field experience per week.

The degree is versatile and preferred by many employers in county human services, child welfare, adoption and foster care. It is also sought after in fields such as domestic violence, community mental health, substance abuse, government leadership, geriatrics, education and criminal justice, as well as private practices (with an LCSW).


Applications to the MSW program for Fall 2016 will be accepted starting on October 1, 2015. Priority Application Deadline is January 31st. We encourage you to apply early so as to complete the dual application process. Please request transcripts early from all non-CSUMB colleges and community colleges. Visit our application page to learn about prerequisites, admission requirements, important deadlines and the application process.

Information sessions about the program and admission requirements will be held from 4-5pm in Valley Hall (Building 82) Suite B Conference Room on the CSUMB campus on these Mondays:

October 5, 2015
November 2, 2015
December 7, 2015
January 11, 2016
February 8, 2016

Reservations are not needed.

MSW Program Brochure

Learn more about student's Experiences in the program

Why get an MSW at CSUMB?

Students enrolled in the program explain why they chose to pursue a master of social work degree at CSUMB.

What do you like about the program?

Students describe the elements of the MSW program they find most important - internship opportunities, their classmates, the professors, and program's integration with the community.

Life on the Monterey Peninsula

Why Monterey Bay is a great place to earn your Master of Social Work.


The MSW program at CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSUMB is a Hispanic-serving institution (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities). The California Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) has provided funding to support the Master of Social Work program at California State University, Monterey Bay to meet the needs of the regional workforce.

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