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Master of Social Work


We will accept applications for Fall 2014 beginning October 1, 2013 and ending January 15, 2015. Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed. We are pleased to offer information sessions on  October 2, November 6, and December 11, 20114 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the CSUEB Oakland Center, 1000 Broadway, Suite 109, Oakland, CA  94607. You do not need to RSVP to attend.

Admission Requirements

The MSW degree program is open to students planning a career in social work who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and who have earned an overall grade point average of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) in their last 90-quarter units (60 semester units) of undergraduate work. Students with a GPA below 2.8 may be admitted based on an evaluation of their student profile, including work experience, resume, letters of recommendation, and personal statement.

Please note that you MUST apply separately to the University and to the Department. To apply to the University, please complete the "University Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Application" online. To apply to the three-year MSW program, choose "Hayward" when asked for campus and "Social Work - MSW - 3 Year Spec Sess" for program. Please note that the University charges a $55 application fee. The department does not charge an additional application fee.

Admission to the university and admission to the MSW degree program are separate steps. It is suggested that application for admission to the university (Part A of the application) be filed together with the form for entry into the degree program (Part B of the application).

Applying to the Program

In addition to the "University Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Application," all applicants should submit the following to the Department of Social Work. All of the following information and forms are found in this 2015 Packet 3 Year MSW Application.

  1. A completed departmental application form
  2. A personal statement (not to exceed 5 pages, double spaced; instructions in departmental application)
  3. Three letters of recommendation, along with this coversheet (letters from prior instructors or supervisors preferred)
  4. A current resume
  5. One complete set of official transcripts (in sealed envelope)
  6. The application process checklist (with applicant’s signature)

Successful experience in social work or social work-related volunteer and paid positions will be considered in evaluating applications. 

For more tips on completing your application, please review the "Tips for Applying," "Letter to Applicant," and "Application Information" found in the packet.

Admission Deadlines

Please review the Application Information and Deadlines table below.

Application Information and Deadlines
Quarter Application Filing Period Transcripts & Other Documents Due By
Fall 2015 October 1, 2014 through January 15, 2015 Postmarked by January 15, 2015

Tuition Costs

Current tuition for the CSUEB MSW Program for Working Professionals is $315 per unit. Total estimated tuition cost of the program of at least 88 units is approximately $28K.

Financial Aid

You can apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at: and by completing the CSUEB financial aid process. If you are interested in obtaining a private bank loan, please contact Janet Kelly at