Prospective Students

Dear Potential Applicant,

We are pleased that you are considering the Master of Social Work Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills! Our program prides itself on being the first and only known MSW program in the country that undergirds its curriculum with an explicit focus on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Thus, our program produces social workers who practice anti-racism and social justice through a critical, intersectional lens. 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.

About the Program

Applying for Admission (Deadlines, Resources)

Admission to the Master of Social Work program is limited to the fall semester of each academic year only; we do not offer spring or summer enrollment. Applications are reviewed using a rolling admissions process, 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.

Applications for the upcoming Fall term will be accepted starting October 1, and are due by February 1 of the starting term year. Starting Fall 2024, applications received by December 1st will receive priority status. Our information sessions are held on a monthly basis from September—January. Attendance at an information session is highly recommended.

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

 Fall 2024 Program and Application Guide 

For admissions questions pertaining to the Master of Social Work Program, please email MSW Admissions 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. 

Students must have completed a bachelor's degree with a liberal arts background (recommended) from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants who are in the last phase of degree completion are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must pay a $70 application fee, and submit an application via Cal State Apply. Official transcripts must also be submitted to the University Admissions office. Applicants will not need to submit transcripts for any coursework taken or degrees obtained at CSUDH. However, all applicants must submit official transcripts reflecting any and all coursework that was not taken at CSUDH.

  • Applicants must also submit program-specific MSW application materials via Cal State Apply, including:
    1. personal statement
    2. financial and time management statement
    3. experience profile
    4. optional GRE scores

  • The preferred minimum GPA for our program is 2.75 in the most recent 60 units (or last 90 quarter units) of coursework. Cumulative GPA is also acceptable. Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 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 student’s GPA is below 3.0.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Students are required to have passed with a C (not a C-) or better, three (3) courses in Social/Behavior Sciences.
  • Students are required to have passed with a C (not a C-) or better, two (2) courses in Humanities.
  • Students are required to have passed with a C (not a C-) or better, one (1) course in Human Lifespan Development or its equivalent. 
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  • Students are required to have passed with a C (not a C-) or better, one (1) course in Elementary Statistics or it equivalent. 
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Cost of Attendance

Our 2-year, full time and 3-year, part-time program options have slightly different tuition costs. The 3-year course of study is a self-support degree option (not funded by state tax revenue). Therefore, tuition for the 3-year, part time option reflects a slightly higher rate than the full-time program option. Please contact the  CSUDH Financial Aid Office for information regarding current tuition rates and questions about financial aid for the 3-year, part-time option. Up-to-date tuition information is also shared at our Information sessions.

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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