Admission to the Master of Social Work Program

The Department of Social Work offers a two-year MSW program and an MSW flex program. The two-year MSW program is administered by the Department of Social Work and delivered on Fullerton’s main campus. Courses in the two-year program are scheduled on weekdays. The MSW flex program is administered through Extension and International Programs, formerly University Extended Education, and is delivered at CSUF's Irvine center. Courses in the MSW flex program are scheduled on weekday evenings. The MSW flex program is subject to all the fee and registration requirements of Extension and International Programs.

Students are admitted to the MSW programs during the Fall semester only. The admission cycle for Fall 2019 will begin on October 1, 2018. If you have any questions prior to submitting your application, you may contact the Department of Social Work Admissions Coordinator (657-278-3116) or the MSW Prospective Student Advisor.

Below, you will find links to both the University and Department of Social Work applications. Both applications are required for admission to the MSW program.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Step 1: Please read the MSW program application instructions thoroughly prior to starting your application.

Application Instructions (PDF) (Updated for Fall 2019)

Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF) (Updated for Fall 2019) - Electronic submission of recommendation letters is strongly preferred. This option is available within the MSW Application.

Step 2: Click the link below to apply online to the University. The CSU Apply Application must be completed prior to starting the Department of Social Work Application.

Cal State Apply

Note: MSW program applicants at the Fullerton campus must select Social Work as a major.

Applicants for the MSW Flex program, offered through Extension and International Programs, must select Social Work-ExEd as a major.

Step 3: Click the button below to start your online application to the Department of Social Work: available on October 1, 2018. CWID and CSUF email will be required to start the application.

Start your application online


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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