The MSW Program-specific application for admission in Fall 2018 will be online as part of a module within Cal State APPLY. The application period for admission in Fall 2018 begins on October 1, 2017. The priority deadline for submitting an MSW program-specific application is Friday, January 26, 2018.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University.
  • A 3.0 or higher GPA in your last 90 quarter units or 60 semester units. A GPA of 2.8 or higher may be considered with excellent work experience and over all application. (GPA Calculator)
  • A minimum of 1 years’ experience either volunteer, internship, or paid in the Social Work field.
  • Meet the admission prerequisites for Human Biological Systems, Social Research Methods, and Human Development/Socialization. Please click on the following hyperlink to download the Admission Requirements (Word). Please fill out the MSW Prerequisite Course Sheet by examining your own transcripts to make an initial determination as to whether or not these prerequisites have been met. Candidates may be conditionally admitted into the MSW program if they have not met all the prerequisites. However, all prerequisites must be completed before Fall Quarter classes begin in September.

Information Sessions

Information sessions give an overview of the MSW program and the application process. Important tips on how to submit a strong application are offered as well as important information about the social work profession. We encourage all potential MSW applicants to attend one of these sessions.

Please note that questions you may have about the program will be addressed during the session and, although faculty and staff will be available for a short period of time to answer individual questions, there are limited opportunities for one-on-one consultations. Attendance at these sessions is not a requirement for admission and registration is not required.

MSW Information Session Schedule

Date Time Location Campus
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:00–6:00 PM Rogers Gateway Building, RG 207 Palm Desert
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM Lower Commons, Panorama Room San Bernardino
Monday, November 6, 2017 5:00-6:00 PM Rogers Gateway Building, RG 207 Palm Desert
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM Lower Commons, Panorama Room San Bernardino
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM Lower Commons, Panorama Room San Bernardino

Maps & Parking:

Please refer to the CSUSB Parking & Transportation Services website for parking information.

CSUSB Main Campus Map (parking lot D is closest to the Commons)

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Map (parking lot A is closest to the Rogers Gateway Building)

MSW Application

All new MSW students begin the program in the Fall Quarter of each academic year which commences in mid to late September. Prospective students must apply to be admitted to CSUSB as a graduate student AND to the MSW program. MSW program-specific applications are available beginning on the 1st of October in the year preceding the academic year you plan to enroll in the program. The MSW application includes an application for the Public Child Welfare Title IV-E Stipend Program. The application is the same for both the online Pathway Distance Education Program and on campus program models with the exception being that an additional personal statement is required for the Pathway program. The priority deadline for submitting an MSW program application is the last Friday in January.

MSW applications may still be accepted after that date if openings in the program are still available. Please check the top of this page periodically for the status of the time-frame for the application period. All applications submitted by the priority deadline will have priority in consideration for admission into the program over those submitted after the deadline. Please note that your MSW application must be completed and submitted by January 26, 2018 to meet the priority deadline and to be assured a review for admission into the MSW program.

Process and Timeline

  • Complete a California State University application to be a graduate student via the Cal State APPLY application interface starting on October 1.
  • Complete an MSW program-specific application which is a module within Cal State APPLY starting October 1.
  • Attend an on-campus information session. The info session schedule is shown above.
  • Priority deadline for completing an MSW program application and the University’s Cal State APPLY application for assured consideration of admission into the MSW Program is January 26, 2018.
  • Submit transcripts for all colleges and universities that you attended to the University’s Office of Graduate Studies. If you are currently enrolled at CSUSB or graduated from CSUSB then you do not need to send transcripts for CSUSB to Graduate Studies because that office has access to transcripts for current CSUSB students and CSUSB alumni.
  • Application review process begins in February.
  • Admissions decisions are mailed from April through June only via a letter sent to applicants.
  • Please contact Andrew Copeland in the School of Social Work office at (909) 537-5501 or send an email to if you have questions regarding the MSW admissions process.