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The Dept. of Social Work is no longer accepting applications for 2020-2021 admission.

Fall 2021 Applications

Applications for admission to the 2021 - 2022 academic year will be accepted beginning October 1, 2020.

The CSUMB MSW program follows a cohort model and accepts applications for students to begin the program solely in the fall semesters.

The final deadline to submit an application for Fall 2021 admission is February 1, 2021.

Official transcripts for EVERY university and/or college attended and official GRE scores (if applicable) must be received by the CSUMB Office of Admissions by February 15, 2021.

Please note that unofficial transcripts and GRE scores (if applicable) will also need to be submitted at the time of application.

Applicants will be notified of admission status in early-mid April 2021.

Please review the website. If there are any questions, please contact the Department of Social Work at

How to Apply

Things to know before applying:

  • A regionally accredited Bachelors degree and a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of college studies are required.
  • Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will NOT be required to complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Applicants with a GPA of 2.75 - 2.99, admission will be considered with a successful score of 3.0 in the writing section of the GRE.
  • Completion of three required prerequisite courses for admission (with a C or higher grade or Pass): Human Biology, Statistics, and Computer Literacy.
  • Statistics must be completed within the last five years from when the applicant begins the Program.
  • Please note that applicants may apply and complete the prerequisite courses while their application is being evaluated however, all prerequisites must be completed and official transcripts submitted the month the Program begins.
  • Students must possess computer literacy in Microsoft software including Excel, PowerPoint, & Word. In lieu of completing a formal computer literacy course, applicants may submit a letter from a supervisor or instructor attesting to the applicant's proficiency in the three software programs.
  • All official transcripts for every university and/or college attended and official GRE scores (if applicable) should be sent to CSUMB Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Office of Admissions, 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955 and received by February 15, 2021.
  • Applicants who attended CSUMB do not need to submit official transcripts from CSUMB. However, they will need to submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions for all other universities or colleges attended.
  • Please note that unofficial transcripts and GRE scores (if applicable) will also need to be submitted at the time of application.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required for admission. Within the online application system, letters of recommendation are referred to as an evaluation.
  • While it is ideal that one of the letters be from an individual with an MSW, it is not required. Evaluations are completed online using the application system and are essentially a rating form with a section for a narrative. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic evaluation.
  • Social work-related experience is an important factor in the evaluation of applicants. An ideal applicant will have a minimum of two years or approximately 2,000 hours of social work related experience.
  • The course schedule accommodates working students with classes are offered in the following time blocks 1-3:50 pm, 4-6:50 pm , & 7-9:50 pm, with 960 hours of field education.
  • The MSW Program does not give course credit for work or life experience.
  • Currently the MSW Program meets California clinical licensing requirements.

Licensing Information

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the Department of Social Work Chair, 100 Campus Center, Valley Hall 82-B102, Seaside, CA 93955,, 831-582-5316 or through the following link.

Department of Social Work

(831) 582-5316
(831) 582-5333
Valley Hall