Master of Social Work

Program Requirements


Admission Requirements:

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum University requirements:

  1. Have an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of *2.5 in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted, or in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted from all post-secondary institutions attended. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60/90 units began will be used in the calculation; and
  2. Be in good standing at the last institution attended.

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be reviewed by CSUN’s Department of Social Work for these additional department admission requirements:

  1. * Applicants should present evidence of the ability to be successful in graduate study. Those with a 3.0 undergraduate CGPA are strongly preferred, although applicants with 2.5 – 2.99 undergraduate CGPA will be considered.
    1. If offered admission, applicants with a 2.5 – 2.99 undergraduate CGPA are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test in order to achieve “Classified” status. However, applicants with a 2.5 – 2.99 undergraduate CGPA who went on to earn an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement. See below for more information on the GRE.
    2. If offered admission, any applicant who did not satisfy the Upper-Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) requirement as a student at a California State University will be required to pass this exam in order to achieve “Classified” status. See below for more information on the UDWPE.
  2. Applicants must earn their baccalaureate degree by July of the start date of the program and the degree earned must be listed on the official transcript. If an applicant initially submits official transcripts showing work in progress, or without the degree listed, the applicant must resubmit final official transcripts showing all work completed and the degree earned before the applicant may be admitted.
  3. A liberal arts background with some coursework in the social, behavioral and biological sciences is strongly preferred, although applicants with other educational backgrounds will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who have had post-baccalaureate work experience in the field. However, academic credit is not awarded for prior life/work experience.
  4. All applicants should demonstrate evidence of:
    1. Personal maturity, including the ability to withstand difficult emotional challenges;
    2. A commitment to interpersonal processing within the parameters of cultural expectations;
    3. Respect for others and for their life decisions;
    4. A readiness to learn advanced clinical and macro practice and research skills;
    5. A commitment to social justice and to the profession's Code of Ethics; and
    6. A capacity for flexibility and creativity.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

In order to achieve “Classified” status, applicants accepted into the MSW Program with a *2.5 – 2.99 undergraduate CGPA will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and are strongly encouraged to satisfy this requirement by the end of the first semester of the program. Students must earn a score in the fiftieth percentile on either the Verbal Reasoning section or the Quantitative Reasoning section, or a minimum of 4.5 on the Analytical Writing section. Students who do not achieve one of these benchmarks on the first attempt must retake the exam. Visit the GRE website for more information about the exam and to register for the exam nearest you. Students are responsible for all exam fees. Scores should be sent directly to The Tseng College/CSUN using Institution Code 4707.

Upper-Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE)

In order to achieve “Classified” status, applicants accepted into the program who did not take and/or pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination (UDWPE) as an undergraduate from a California State University, will be required to take the UDWPE and are strongly encouraged to satisfy this requirement by the end of the first semester of the program. Students must receive a minimum score of 8. Students who do not achieve this benchmark are required to repeat the exam until this benchmark is achieved. The UDWPE can be waived if the student has taken the GRE General Test and scored 3.0 or above on the Analytical Writing section. Visit CSUN’s UDWPE page for more information. Online students will need to make arrangements to have the UDWPE proctored at their location. Students are responsible for all exam fees.

Minimum Required Computer Skills for Online Students

Because of the nature of a fully online program, participants must have a least a basic level of knowledge of, and the ability to use, common computer programs including email, word processing and Microsoft Excel. Staff from The Tseng College can initially orient participants to use the online learning management system (LMS), Moodle, for the course work in the program. However, participants must understand that there is an expectation that they have acquired at least basic computer skills prior to starting this program. Students should at least have:

  • An ability to create, send and receive emails with or without attachments
  • An ability to use a document scanner to scan documents for sharing or submission
  • An ability to create, send and receive documents in a variety of standard formats like Word, pdf, html, etc.
  • An ability to access and review a variety of pdf's
  • An ability to review online resources such as internet websites, online articles and journals
  • Students using or needing assistive technology devices should be sure they acquire the latest updates and software prior to the beginning of the program.

Minimum Technical Requirements for Online Students

  • High-speed Internet connection (e.g. Cable or DSL; Internet Provider should have live customer support)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, or 7 operating system, or Mac OS X operating system (version 10.7 or later)
  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 for Windows (or 2008 or 2011 for Mac)
  • Internet Explorer and/or Mozilla Firefox web browser
  • Most current version of Flash Player
  • Most current version of Acrobat Reader
  • Up-to-date anti-virus software
  • 1.6 GHz Processor
  • 1 GB RAM for XP or Vista Home Basic, or Mac OS X
  • 2 GB RAM for Vista Home Premium/Business/Ultimate or Windows 7
  • 128 MB of graphics memory for Vista Home Premium/Business/Ultimate or Windows 7
  • Screen resolution set to 1024x768 or higher
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • USB or Firewire Web Cam (Logitech recommended) or built-in Web Cam
  • USB headset (Logitech recommended)
  • Accessible USB ports to plug in USB flash drive, webcam, headset, etc.
  • Scanner (with compatible software to save scanned documents to PDF, JPG or GIF format)

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MAC USERS: In the event a text book include supplemental materials on disk that are supported by Windows OS only, access to a PC may be necessary. Mac users also have the option to run Windows on a Mac natively with Boot Camp (recommended), or virtually with applications such as Parallels, or VMware Fusion.

Program Policies

Please carefully review the full list of Program Policies, including Academic Honesty and Integrity Requirement, Time Limitations for Earning Degrees and Certificates, Temporary Disruption of Attendance, Withdrawal Policy and Refund Policy.

 

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