2021 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 2021 will begin on October 1, 2020. 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: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


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

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically through the MSW program application, offline submission will be not accepted for the Fall 2021 application cycle. The Department of Social Work Office is currently closed and staff are working remotely. For questions or concerns, please email us at applymsw@fullerton.edu.

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

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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, 2020. CWID and CSUF email will be required to complete the application.


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