Hello Potential Applicants,

We are very pleased that you are considering the Master of Social Work Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills. We believe we have a unique program and encourage you to view the various pages of our website and attend one of our scheduled Information sessions to learn more about what we have to offer.

Admission to the Master of Social Work program is limited to the fall semester each academic year; we do not offer spring or summer enrollment.

Fall 2020 applications for our 2 year full time program and our 3 year part time program are accepted on a rolling admissions basis beginning October 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis until spaces are filled. The deadline for the university application submission is February 7, 2020 for Fall 2020.  Once spaces are filled the department will no longer be able to accept applications.

Please be advised that we are implementing an online application process (through Cal State Apply) for the Fall 2020 admissions cycle. Updated application materials and instructions will be available on our website soon. Please continue to check our website periodically. In the meantime, please browse our website to learn more about our program and RSVP to attend our upcoming Information Sessions.

For any admissions questions pertaining to the Master of Social Work Program, please email Camille Henderson, Admissions Coordinator for the Department of Social Work.

Criteria for Admission

The CSUDH MSW Program Admissions Committee welcomes applicants that can demonstrate high academic achievement and potential for professional social work practice.

  • Completed bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts background (recommended) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Admissions process:
    • Applicants must apply to the University via Cal State Apply, pay the application fee, and submit an application. Applicants must also submit one set of official transcripts to the University Admissions office; if the undergraduate degree was obtained at CSUDH, then the applicant would not need to submit a transcript to University Admissions.
    • Applicants must also: a) complete a personal statement, financial and time management statement, experience profile; b) three (3) sealed letters of recommendation on letterhead with accompanying reference forms; and c) optional GRE scores. 
  • Students are required to have a 2.75 GPA in their last 60 units (or last 90 quarter units) to be admitted to the MSW program. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered based on their meeting other criteria. These applicants should include an explanation for their GPA in their personal statement. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are strongly recommended if GPA is below 3.0.
  • Students are required to have passed with a C or better one (1) course in human lifespan development or its equivalent. Click here for a list of equivalents.
  • Students are required to have passed with a C or better one (1) course in elementary statistics. Click here for a list of equivalents.

Information Orientations for Prospective Students

We strongly encourage potential applicants to come to one of the Information Orientations and learn more about:

  • The CSUDH MSW Program, what makes us unique and the various options available
  • Our Curriculum
  • Field Education
  • Application Process
  • Title IV-E Stipend Programs: CalSWEC (child welfare) & UCCF

In addition, prospective students will be able to get their questions answered and meet a member of the faculty and staff of the MSW program. If you would like to attend one of our Information Orientations, please contact the Department of Social Work at (310) 243-3170 or RSVP online.


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