The urban setting of CSUN's graduate-level social work program supports its focus on urban family practice. Based in the heart of Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley, our program gives students the opportunity to work with vulnerable and at-risk populations and cultivates an appreciation of the planned-change process.
Unlike many social work programs, CSUN’s Master of Social Work expands students' career possibilities by offering a generalist approach. The curriculum also enables students to gain the skills and perspective to work at any level: individual/family (micro); group/community (mezzo); and societal/policy (macro).
Designed in collaboration with the Department of Social Work in CSUN's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the program offers students choices in how to pursue their degree:
All courses are taught by distinguished CSUN faculty members who are experts in their fields. No matter which learning option -- online or off-campus -- students choose, they receive outstanding instructional quality together with personalized support, at a state-university price. In fact, CSUN’s online program can prepare students in less time, and can cost half as much, as a private university program.
CSUN's Master of Social Work offers other distinct advantages:
CSUN's MSW degree prepares students for careers as direct service providers, administrators, community advocates, counselors, policy makers, researchers, supervisors and service workers in a wide variety of settings, including community and government organizations, healthcare centers, schools, and more.
All CSUN academic programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This program is also fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Note: Your state may have its own specific licensure requirements for social work practitioners. Please check with your state's licensing department for more information.