Want to learn more about the MSW at CSU?
At this time, we encourage all students to apply for admission for a May or August 2018 start date. The School of Social Work will be hosting admissions information sessions monthly. The next information sessions will be held:
|Tuesday, August 29, 2017||12noon-1pm||SC 313|
|Thursday, September 28 2017||12noon-1pm||SC 313|
|Thursday, October 26, 2017||12noon-1pm||SC 313|
|Tuesday, November 28, 2017||12noon-1pm||PH 104|
|Tuesday, December 12, 2017||12noon-1pm||SC 313|
|Thursday, January 18, 2018||12noon-1pm||SC 313|
|Tuesday, February 13, 2018||12noon-1pm||SC 313|
|Tuesday, March 27, 2018||12noon-1pm||SC 313|
|Tuesday, April 24, 2018||12noon-1pm||SC 313|
The mission of the Master's Degree in Social Work program is to prepare students for specialized, advanced-level, self-critical, accountable, and autonomous practice with oppressed, at risk, and vulnerable populations. The program provides a rigorous intellectual base, an opportunity for effective skill development, and an educational perspective that views human diversity as desirable and enriching to society. Students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and values appropriate to the social work profession, the conceptual base of professional social work, the broad-based research strategies of the field, and the various social work roles and intervention strategies used in social work practice.
In addition to the Cleveland State University graduate college requirements for admission, the joint MSW program requires of all applicants:
- (a) an undergraduate major in social work or a related field;
- (b) a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in social work and behavioral sciences courses taken prior to application for admission;
- (c) a minimum of 8 courses in this area;
- (d) three letters of reference;
- (e) an essay of 3 to 5 typed pages explaining;
- why the applicant wants to be/is a social worker;
- why a graduate degree is felt to be necessary to fulfill personal or professional objectives;
- the applicant's views regarding diversity in society;
- a situation in which the student was the recipient/provider of help, emotionally, socially, or economically; and
- a description of previous social work/human service work experience.
Application deadline is February 28
The Traditional MSW Program requires 60 graduate credits of approved courses in social work. The Advanced Standing Program requires 30 credits.
MSW Field Manual
The MSW Field Manual is available to download in two formats.
Cleveland State University
School of Social Work
2121 Euclid Avenue, Rhodes Tower, 1417
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
The mission of the CSUN Department of Social Work is to prepare professional social workers to promote the well being of individuals, families and communities in the urban setting. Our mission reflects both the universal values of social work “to promote the well being of individuals, families and communities” while reflecting the unique context of California State University Northridge—an urban setting in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County. We offer a unique approach to graduate level social work education because our program specializes in a single concentration: urban family practice. This focus offers students the opportunity to learn strategies for working in any urban environment at the micro (individual/family), mezzo (group/community) and macro (policy/societal) levels.
We are proud to introduce our relatively new program. We graduated our 9th class of 162 students in May 2016. We offer a two-year and a three-year program including online and offsite programs. On behalf of all of us, we thank you for visiting our website and welcome your comments and questions.