MSW Program Fact Sheet

Department Philosophy  

Our goal is to prepare students to enter professional, multicultural social work practice.  Curricula focus on public child welfare, community mental health, and aging from a multigenerational perspective.

Admissions Information and Criteria

  • Fall admission only
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • An educational foundation in Liberal Arts/Social Sciences. If you have a bachelor’s degree from either the University of California or the California State University systems, you meet the liberal arts requirement. 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units
  • Graduate Record Examination (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Paid, volunteer, or internship experience relevant to social welfare
  • Personal statement
  • Interview with admissions committee

Instructional Modes

  • Application of ecological systems and strengths-based models
  • Focus on cultural competency, advocacy, and social justice
  • Fieldwork in child welfare, community mental health, and aging organizations
  • Courses in direct practice, community (macro) practice, social welfare policy, human behavior and the social environment, and research

Length of Program

  • 60 units

Class Schedules

  • Typically, students in the two-year program at the Fullerton campus spend two full days per week in class and two full days per week in a field education experience.
  • The class schedules for students in the flex program at the Irvine campus are offered three weekday evenings per week. The field education experience takes place during normal agency hours, typically two weekdays per week, during the second and third years of the program.


  • The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


  • Once students complete the MSW program they are eligible to accrusing their LCSW hours.

Typical Social Work Settings

  • County social services agencies
  • County health care agencies
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Child protective services
  • Adult protective services
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Family service agencies (domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters)
  • Medical facilities
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Social welfare research and policy analysis organizations

To Apply

  • The online MSW program application is available beginning October 1, 2018.
  • Applications for the Fall 2019 semester must be completed and submitted before the January 16, 2019, 5:00 p.m. deadline.
  • Applicants must complete two applications: One for the University and one for the Department of Social Work.
  • For more information, you may contact the Prospective MSW Student Advisor at applymsw@fullerton.edu

Department of Social Work

800 North State College Blvd.,
Fullerton, California 92834
Room EC-207,
Phone: (657) 278-8452,
Fax: (657) 278-2440


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