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College of Social and Behavioral Science


Degree Programs


Master of Social Work (MSW)


The Master of Social Work Degree at CSUN provides students with a strong academic Program with professional skill development that provides social services to the San Fernando Valley adjacent cities as well as state, national and global communities. This full-time Program consists of 2 academic years and 19 courses equaling 60 credits, of which 12 are in field placement. The first year or foundation year of the Program consists of 2 semesters for all students, including Core course content of social work micro, mezzo and macro practice; multicultural practice; DSM-IV-TR diagnosis; human behavior and the social environment; social welfare policy and advocacy; and social research and field placement. Other required content for professional accreditation includes social work values and ethics, populations-at-risk, diversity, and social and economic justice. The total units (minimum of 60) in the Program meet the requirements for professional accreditation.

Three-Year, Part-Time Program

The 2-year, part-time program consists of 2 calendar years, including a minimum of 20 courses (at least 12 units of which are field courses) and completion of 2 field internship placements.

The 3-year, part-time student cohorts complete their course of study over a 3-year period. Students take 2 or 3 courses per semester taking place on weekday evenings and some Saturdays. The field placement for the 3-year, part-time program consists of a minimum of 16 hours of field internship per week during 2 of the 3 years.


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