Dear Potential Applicant,

We are pleased that you are considering the Master of Social Work Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills! We encourage you to browse our website and attend one of our information sessions to familiarize yourself with our application process and criteria, and learn more about what our unique program has to offer.

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

The application period for enrollment in Fall 2020 begins October 1, 2019, and the deadline for application submission is February 7, 2020. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis and will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis until spaces are filled. Incomplete or late application materials may not be forwarded for review.

An online application process has been implemented (through Cal State Apply) for the Fall 2020 admissions cycle.

For instructions on how to apply, please click on the link below:

Fall 2020 Program Packet and Application Guide

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

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.
  • The admissions process entails the following:
    • 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 will not need to submit a transcript to University Admissions.
    • Applicants must also complete and upload program-specific MSW application materials via Cal State Apply, including a) complete a personal statement; b) financial and time management statement c) experience profile; d) optional GRE scores.
    • Applicants must also submit three (3) reference packets directly to the Department of Social Work. 
  • 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 (not 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 (not a C-) or better, one (1) course in elementary statistics.  Click here for a list of equivalents.

Cost of Attendance

Our 2-year, full time program and 3-year, part-time program have slightly different tuition costs. Please contact the CSUDH Financial Aid Office for information regarding current tuition rates and applying for financial aid.

Information Sessions for Prospective Students

We strongly encourage potential applicants to come to one of our information sessions and learn more about:

  • The CSUDH MSW Program, what makes us unique and the various options available;
  • Our Curriculum;
  • Field Education;
  • Application process;
  • Stipend programs, and more!

Prospective students will also be able to have their questions answered and meet a member of the Department of Social Work faculty. If you would like to attend one of our information sessions, please contact the Department of Social Work at (310) 243-3170 or RSVP online.


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