Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs in California - Campus and Online

There are 27 universities that offer Master of Social Work (MSW) programs in California, including 20 publicly funded state schools in the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) systems. Most of the schools in California that offer MSW programs have campus-based and/or hybrid programs, and eight of the state’s universities offer online programs that require limited or no campus visits. Students who are interested in pursuing an MSW degree in California can choose from programs that offer concentrations in clinical/direct practice social work, macro/community practice social work, advanced generalist practice, youth and family services, gerontology, school social work, and several other social work specializations.

In addition, college graduates who hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) may be eligible for one or more of the advanced standing MSW programs that are offered by 17 of the 27 California universities that have MSW programs, five of which are offered in an online format. Qualified BSW graduates may be able to earn their MSW in as few as 12 months of full-time enrollment, compared to the two years it takes to complete a traditional MSW program.

The list below includes all schools in California that offer MSW programs that are fully accredited by the CSWE or are in the candidacy phase of CSWE accreditation.

  • Azusa Pacific University (Accredited)
  • Brandman University (Granted Candidacy)
  • California Baptist University (Accredited)
  • California State University San Marcos (Accredited)
  • California State University, Bakersfield (Accredited)
  • California State University, Chico (Accredited)
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills (Accredited)
  • California State University, East Bay (Accredited)
  • California State University, Fresno (Accredited)
  • California State University, Fullerton (Accredited)
  • California State University, Long Beach (Accredited)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (Accredited)
  • California State University, Monterey Bay (Accredited)
  • California State University, Northridge (Accredited)
  • California State University, Sacramento (Accredited)
  • California State University, San Bernardino (Accredited)
  • California State University, Stanislaus (Accredited)
  • Humboldt State University (Accredited)
  • Loma Linda University (Accredited)
  • Northcentral University (Granted Candidacy)
  • San Diego State University (Accredited)
  • San Francisco State University (Accredited)
  • San Jose State University (Accredited)
  • University of California at Berkeley (Accredited)
  • University of California at Los Angeles (Accredited)
  • University of Southern California (Accredited)
  • University of the Pacific (Granted Candidacy)

More information on the programs offered by the schools listed above are contained in the sections below, with programs grouped into the following categories:

Traditional MSW Programs in California

Traditional MSW programs are full-length programs that are designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and who meet other admissions criteria but which do not require applicants to hold a BSW degree or to have majored in social work. All 27 of the California schools that offer MSW programs have traditional programs, including programs with clinical practice, macro practice, and/or advanced generalist practice specializations. These programs, which are grouped below based on whether they are offered primarily on campus or via online instruction, can typically be completed in two years of full-time enrollment or three or more years of part-time enrollment. Programs that require two or fewer campus visits per year are classified as online programs.

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Traditional Campus-Based MSW Programs in California

There are 26 schools in California that offer traditional MSW programs in campus-based and/or hybrid formats. These programs require students to attend a significant number of in-person classes at that school’s main campus or secondary campus location. For practical reasons, students in these programs typically reside within commuting range of the campus on which the program’s classes are held. Among the schools in California that offer campus programs are 18 California State University (CSU) schools, two University of California (UC) schools, and six private, non-profit universities. These schools are grouped by location into the following five regions:

  • Northern California
  • Greater Sacramento
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Southern California

Traditional Campus-Based MSW Programs in Northern California

Humboldt State University in Arcata is the only school in the Northern California region that currently offers a traditional, campus-based MSW program. Humboldt State University’s Department of Social Work, which is housed in the College of Professional Studies, offers an MSW program with an advanced generalist specialization that emphasizes general advanced social work practice in rural and indigenous communities. The program is designed for full-time students, has a two-year completion plan, and requires 960 hours of field education.

Traditional Campus-Based MSW Programs in Greater Sacramento

There are three schools in the Greater Sacramento area, including two schools in California State University (CSU) system, that offer campus-based MSW programs in a traditional or full-length format. California State University, Chico (CSU Chico) has an advanced generalist program with a two-year, full-time completion track that gives students a choice between two specializations: Social Work Practice in Mental Health Services (MH); or Social Work Practice in Families, Children and Youth Services (FCY). CSU Chico also offers a three-year, part-time Distributed Learning hybrid MSW program with an advanced generalist curriculum that combines campus-based classes with online instruction. Both CSU Chico programs require 1200 hours of field education.

California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) offers a traditional, campus-based MSW program with an advanced generalist curriculum and three specializations: Behavioral Health, Children & Families, and Health & Aging. The program is offered in a two-year, full-time format for students who can attend classes during the workday and in a three-year, part-time format for working professionals, which holds classes on weekends. Students in the program must engage in 1280 hours of field education.

The University of the Pacific’s School of Health Sciences, which is located on the school’s Sacramento campus, offers a clinical practice MSW program in a traditional, campus-based format. The program can be completed in 16 months of full-time enrollment and includes three required 300-hour field placements for a total of 900 hours of field education. The University of the Pacific has been granted candidacy by the CSWE as it works towards full accreditation.

Traditional Campus-Based MSW Programs in the San Francisco Bay Area

There are five schools in the San Francisco Bay Area that offer traditional, campus-based MSW programs. San Francisco State University (SF State) in the city of San Francisco has a two-year, full-time MSW program that has clinical focus and an Individuals, Families, and Groups (IFG) specialization. Students in the SF State program can further specialize in child welfare by completing California Title IV-E Child Welfare Program specialization coursework; they also have the option to prepare for qualification to work in California public schools by earning a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential while getting their degree at SF State. SF State’s MSW program requires 1200 hours of field education.

In the East Bay of the San Francisco metropolitan area there are two schools that offer traditional, campus-based MSW programs: California State University, East Bay (CSUEB); and the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley). CSUEB has a hybrid program with specializations in Children, Youth, and Families (clinical practice) and Community Mental Health (macro practice). It is designed to be completed in two years of full-time enrollment and requires 1080 hours of field education.

UC Berkeley has two programs: a two-year, full-time Master of Social Welfare program (which is equivalent to a Master of Social Work) and a three-year, part-time FlexMSW program. Both programs require 1120 hours of field education and give students the option of three specializations: Advancing Health and Well-being Across the Adult Lifespan; Strengthening Children, Youth and Families; and Strengthening Organizations and Communities.

There are also two schools located south of San Francisco that offer traditional, campus-based MSW programs: San Jose State University (SJSU); and California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The SJSU program has a Transcultural Multi-Systems Generalist Perspective specialization that emphasizes social work practice with Latinos and other minority groups, as well as additional concentrations in public child welfare services, mental health services, public personnel services, and/or gerontology. The program has a two-year, full-time completion plan and a three-year, part-time completion plan, both of which require students to engage in a minimum of 1200 hours of field education.

The CSUMB program has an advanced generalist curriculum, two- and three-year completion options, and an elective school social work specialization designed to prepare students to qualify for California’s Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential and the state’s Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) credential. Students who opt for the school social work specialization must complete 1000 hours of field education, while students who do not choose to specialize in school social work complete 960 hours of field education.

Traditional Campus-Based MSW Programs in the San Joaquin Valley

Three schools in the San Joaquin Valley currently offer traditional, campus-based MSW programs. California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) has an advanced generalist program that is primarily campus based but which incorporates some online instruction. The program offers a two-year completion plan for full-time students and a three-year, part-time plan. The CSUB program requires students to complete 960 hours of field education.

California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) and California State University, Stanislaus (Stanislaus State) also offer traditional, campus-based programs. The Fresno State program has an Advanced Multi-Systems Social Work Practice concentration, and both a two-year completion plan for full-time students and a four-year completion plan for part-time students. This program has a 1000-hour field education requirement. Students in the program can apply for admission to a Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program specialization that prepares students to work in California’s child welfare system.

Stanislaus State offers two full-length MSW programs: a campus-based advanced generalist program with a two-year, full-time enrollment track and a three-year, part-time enrollment track; and a hybrid program with a Socially-Just Clinical Practice curriculum that blends campus-based and online instruction and has a two-year completion plan. Both programs require 1000 hours of field education. Stanislaus State’s campus-based program also gives students the option of enrolling in a Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program.

Traditional Campus-Based MSW Programs in Southern California

There are 14 schools in Southern California and the greater Los Angeles area that offer traditional, campus-based MSW programs, including eight California State University (CSU) system schools. California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has an advanced generalist MSW program with full-time and part-time enrollment options. California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has a Community Practice MSW program with three specialization options: Children, Youth, and Families (CYF); Community Mental Health (CMH); Community Capacity Building (CCB). Full-time students can graduate from the CSUDH’s program in two years. The program allows students to opt for part-time enrollment provided they choose the CMH specialization.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) offers two traditional, campus-based MSW programs: a full-time program that holds classes at the school’s Fullerton campus and which takes two years to complete; and a Flex MSW program for part-time students that meets at CSUF’s Irvine Center campus and takes three years to complete. The Fullerton campus program has a clinical social work focus and three concentrations: Child Welfare; Community Mental Health; and Aging. The Flex program has a clinical practice focus and two concentration options: Child Welfare, and Community Mental Health.

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is another public university that offers two program options for MSW students. The school has a two-year, full-time program offered on its main campus in Long Beach that gives students the choice of three specializations: Child and Family Wellbeing; Adulthood and Aging; and Integrated Health. In addition, CSULB offers hybrid distance education MSW programs at Santa Rosa Community College and Ventura County Community College in a part-time, three-year format. These distance education programs have the same advanced generalist focus as the Long Beach campus program, but only offer one specialization: Child and Family Wellbeing.

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA), California State University, Northridge (CSUN), California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), and San Diego State University (SDSU) are four additional CSU schools that offer traditional, campus-based MSW programs. Cal State LA, CSUN, and CSUSB all have programs with an advanced generalist curriculum, with the Cal State LA and CSUN programs focusing on social work in urban communities. Cal State LA and CSUN also both have two-year, full-time enrollment plans with classes that meet on weekdays, and three-year, part-time enrollment plans that hold classes in the evenings and/or on weekends.

CSUSB’s advanced generalist MSW program allows students to choose an area of specialization by selecting a social issue, client population, or field of practice to focus on as part of their advanced training. The CSUSB program has two- and three-years enrollment options. The SDSU program can be completed in two years of full-time enrollment or three or four years of part-time enrollment. It has two concentrations: Direct Practice/Clinical; and Administration and Community Development, with separate tracks for Social Work Administration and Community Development Social Work.

The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is one additional public university in California that offers a traditional, campus-based MSW program. The UCLA program has an advanced generalist curriculum with three concentration options for students who are enrolled full time: Health and Mental Health Across the Life Span; Social and Economic Justice; and Child and Family Well-Being. The program’s Child and Family Well-Being concentration is also offered in a three-year, part-time format.

Azusa Pacific University, Brandman University, California Baptist University (CBU), Loma Linda University, and the University of Southern California (USC) are the five private, non-profit schools in Southern California that offer traditional MSW programs in a campus-based or hybrid format. Azusa Pacific offers a program with specializations in Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, and Community Leadership and Program Administration at its main campus in Azusa. It also offers a program with a Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families specialization at its Inland Empire Regional Campus in San Bernardino. Both the campus-based and hybrid program have two- and four-year enrollment options.

Brandman University, which is headquartered in Irvine but has multiple campuses located throughout California and Washington State, offers a hybrid program with an advanced generalist curriculum and two- and three-year enrollment options. Brandman University is currently in the candidacy phase of accreditation from the CSWE. CBU offers a traditional, campus-based MSW program with an advanced generalist curriculum that provides training in both clinical and macro practice social work. The program requires students to complete a minimum of 900 hours of field education and can be completed in one to two years by full-time students.

Loma Linda University and USC both have multiple program options. Loma Linda offers an Advanced Clinical Social Work MSW program in a campus-based format and in a hybrid format. The campus program has a two-year, full-time enrollment option and a four-year, part-time enrolment option. The hybrid program is part-time and takes three years to complete. USC offers a traditional, campus-based program with two- and three-year enrollment options that gives students a choice between three concentrations: Adult Mental Health and Wellness; Children, Youth and Families; and Social Change and Innovation. In addition, USC as has 2.5-year Working Professionals MSW program that holds evening classes and offers the Adult Mental Health and Wellness and Children, Youth and Families concentrations.

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Traditional Online MSW Programs in California

Brandman University, a private, non-profit school with multiple campuses located throughout California and Washington State, has a traditional online MSW program with an advanced generalist curriculum. Students in the program complete all of their didactic courses online while engaging in 1000 hours of site-based field education. Full-time students can complete the program in two years; part-time students can take three or more years to earn their degree. Brandman University is in the candidacy phase of CSWE accreditation.

California Baptist University (CBU) offers its full-length/traditional advanced generalist MSW program in a distance learning format that allows students to complete most of their didactic coursework online. The program includes a minimum of 900 hours of field education and requires students to attend four residency sessions at CBU’s Riverside campus during the two years it takes to complete the program (which equates to two residencies per year). The residency sessions occur near the end of each semester and last approximately two days.

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has a full-length online MSW program with an advanced generalist curriculum and a focus on urban families. The program has a two-year, full-time track and a three-year, part-time track. In addition to online coursework, students in the program are required to complete two site-based field practicums at social work agencies approved by the program for a total of 900-1300 total hours of field education. However, the program does not require any campus visits.

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) offers a Pathway Social Work Distance Education MSW program in which students complete all of their didactic coursework online and engage in 1080 hours of field education at a program-approved site. The program has an advanced generalist curriculum that allows students to select a social issue, client population, or field of practice as a specialization in order to tailor their training. Students in the program can earn their degree in three-years of part-time enrollment.

Humboldt State University (HSU) has a Distributed Learning (DL) MSW program that offers all of its didactic courses online and provides students with advanced generalist training for social work in rural and indigenous communities. The program is part-time and designed to be completed in three and a half years. Students in the program are required to complete two 480 field practicums for a total of 960 hours of field education. The program does not require any campus visits.

Northcentral University (NCU), a private, non-profit online university headquartered in San Diego, offers an online MSW program that has an advanced generalist curriculum. The program can be completed in two years of full-time enrollment or three or more years of part-time enrollment. The program requires students to complete a minimum of 900 hours of field education at a program-approved site. NCU’s MSW program is currently in the candidacy phase for accreditation from the CSWE.

San Jose State University (SJSU) offers an Online/Hybrid MSW program that is classified on MasterofSocialWork.com as an online program because all of the program’s didactic courses are delivered via online instruction. Students in the program are not required to attend any campus-based sessions, but they are required to complete 1200 hours of in-person field education at a site approved by the program. The program is designed to be completed in two years, including a summer session between the first and second year.

The University of Southern California (USC) offers a traditional, online MSW program that has three concentration options: Adult Mental Health and Wellness; Children, Youth and Families; and Social Change and Innovation. In addition, students in the program can opt for designated tracks in Military Social Work or School Social Work. The program can be completed in two years of full-time enrollment or three years of part-time enrollment, and includes 1000 hours of required field education.

Advanced Standing MSW Programs in California

Advanced standing MSW programs are designed to provide students who have completed undergraduate training in social work through a CSWE-accredited BSW program with an accelerated pathway to becoming an MSW-trained social worker. Students who qualify for an advanced standing program have fewer course/crediting requirements than traditional students and are thus able to earn an MSW degree in roughly one year of full-time enrollment or two years of part-time enrollment. However, qualifying for an MSW program’s advanced standing track is not automatic. These programs typically have selective admissions and do not accept all applicants who hold a BSW degree. Many programs require advanced standing applicants to have completed their BSW degree within the past five or seven years, and some have other admission requirements, such as a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA), substantial post-baccalaureate volunteer work in social work settings, or work experience in the social work discipline or a highly related field.

There are currently 17 schools in California that offer advanced standing MSW programs, 16 of which have campus-based and/or hybrid advanced standing programs and five of which offer advanced standing MSW programs in an online format.

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Advanced Standing Campus-Based MSW Programs in California

There are 16 California schools that offer campus-based advanced standing MSW programs. This includes programs that are offered in a hybrid format and require a significant number of in-person campus classes. These programs are grouped by region in the sections below. The five regions include:

  • Northern California
  • Greater Sacramento
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Southern California

Advanced Standing Campus-Based MSW Programs in Northern California

Humboldt State University in Arcata, which is a member of the California State University system, is the only school in the Northern California region that currently offers an MSW program with an advanced standing track. Humboldt State University has a campus-based advanced standing program with an advanced generalist specialization that focuses on social work in rural and indigenous communities. The program provides students who hold a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate program with a one-year pathway that begins with a summer bridge course and continues with students completing the 30 credits of advanced coursework (which also comprise the second year of the university’s traditional MSW program). The advanced standing program requires 480 hours of field education at an approved social work agency.

Advanced Standing Campus-Based MSW Programs in Greater Sacramento

California State University, Chico (CSU Chico), California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State), and the University of the Pacific are the three schools in the Greater Sacramento area that offer campus-based advanced standing MSW programs. CSU Chico offers a campus-based MSW that has an advanced standing track for students who hold a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate program. The program has a one-year completion time and an advanced generalist curriculum with two specialization options: Social Work Practice in Mental Health Services (MH); and Social Work Practice in Families, Children and Youth Services (FCY). Students in the program must complete 720 hours of field education.

Sacramento State also offers a one-year, on-campus advanced standing MSW program. The program has an advanced generalist curriculum with specializations in Behavioral Health, Children & Families, and Health & Aging. Advanced standing students in the Sacramento State program complete 768 hours of field education prior to receiving their degree. The advanced standing MSW program offered by the University of the Pacific has a clinical social work focus and a 12-month completion time. Students in the University of Pacific program are required to complete two 300-hour field placements for a total of 600 hours of field education. The University of the Pacific is currently in the candidacy phase of CSWE accreditation.

Advanced Standing Campus-Based MSW Programs in the San Francisco Bay Area

There are two schools in the San Francisco Bay Area that currently offer campus-based advanced standing MSW programs: San Jose State University (SJSU); and the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley). The SJSU advanced standing program requires applicants to have earned a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program within the past seven years. It is designed to be completed in one year of full-time enrollment, and it has an advanced generalist curriculum with a specialization in the Transcultural Multi-Systems Generalist Perspective of social work practice. Students in the program, which requires 700 hours of field education, can opt to complete a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential track to prepare for work in California public schools. UC Berkeley’s campus-based advanced standing program is offered in a FlexMSW format that is designed for working professionals. The program, which has a specialization in Strengthening Children, Youth and Families (SCYF), is designed to be completed in one year, during which students must engage in 720 hours of field education.

Advanced Standing Campus-Based MSW Programs in the San Joaquin Valley

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is currently the only school located in California’s San Joaquin Valley that offers a campus-based, advanced standing MSW program. The CSUB program requires applicants to have received a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate program within the past five years. The program has an advanced generalist curriculum and one- and two-year completion plans to accommodate full-time and part-time students. Advanced standing students in the CSUB program are required to complete 480 hours of field education.

Advanced Standing Campus-Based MSW Programs in Southern California

There are nine schools in the Southern California and the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area that offer campus-based, advanced standing MSW programs. Two of those schools are located in the city of Los Angeles. California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) has an MSW Advanced Standing Program (ASP) that holds classes two days per week at the school’s Downtown Los Angeles campus and which can be completed in 11 months of full-time enrollment. During that time, students complete one practicum for a minimum of 720 hours of field education. The Cal State LA program has an advanced generalist curriculum with a focus on social work practice in urban communities. The University of Southern California (USC) has a campus-based, advanced standing MSW program with three concentration options: Adult Mental Health and Wellness; Children, Youth and Families; and Social Change and Innovation. The program, which includes 600 hours of field education, can be completed in one year.

There are also two schools in Los Angeles County that offer campus-based, advanced standing programs, and one school in neighboring Orange County that has a hybrid program. Azusa Pacific University in the San Gabriel Valley offers an advanced standing program with two specialization options: Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families; and Community Leadership and Program Administration. The program, which requires 600 hours of field education, can be completed in 10 months of full-time enrollment or two years of part-time enrollment.

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has a campus-based, advanced standing program with an advanced generalist curriculum and specializations in Child and Family Wellbeing, Adulthood and Aging, and Integrated Health. The program, which includes a 660-hour field education internship, can be completed in one year. Finally, Brandman University, which has its main campus in the Orange County city of Irvine, offers an advanced standing program in a hybrid format that includes campus-based classes, online instruction, and 600 practicum hours of field education. The program has an advanced generalist curriculum and a one-year completion time. (Brandman’s MSW program is currently in the candidacy phase of CSWE accreditation.)

To the east of LA there are two schools that offer campus-based, advanced standing MSW programs: California Baptist University (CBU) in Riverside; and Loma Linda University in Loma Linda. CBU’s program has an advanced generalist curriculum that provides training in clinical and macro practice social work and which requires students to complete 500 field practicum hours. The CBU program can be completed in one year of full-time enrollment. Loma Linda University’s campus-based, advanced standing program has an Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice specialization that emphasizes a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to social work practice in behavioral health institutions and agencies. It has one- and two-year completion plans, both of which require 800 hours of field education.

Finally, there are two schools in San Diego County that offer campus-based, advanced standing MSW programs. San Diego State University (SDSU) offers an MSW Advanced Standing Program (MSW-ASP) in a one-year, full-time format that requires 600 hours of field education. The program has two specialization options: Direct Practice/Clinical; and Administration and Community Development. California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) has a campus-based advanced standing program that can be completed in one year. The program requires 624 hours of field education and has an advanced generalist curriculum.

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Advanced Standing Online MSW Programs in California

Brandman University offers a fully online, advanced standing MSW program with an advanced generalist curriculum that provides training and instruction in clinical practice social work and macro or community practice social work. The program can be completed in one year of full-time enrollment, which includes 600 practicum hours of field education at a site approved by the program. The Brandman University MSW program is currently in the candidacy phase of accreditation from the CSWE.

Humboldt State University has a Distributed Learning (DL) MSW program that is offered online and that has an advanced standing track for students who hold a BSW degree from a program accredited by the CSWE. The program has a part-time enrollment plan that takes two years to complete and which includes a minimum of 480 hours of field education. The focus of the program’s advanced generalist curriculum is on clinical and macro practice social work in rural and indigenous communities.

Northcentral University (NCU), which is currently in the candidacy phase for full accreditation from the CSWE, has an advanced generalist MSW program that is offered online in an advanced standing format. Advanced standing students in the NCU program complete all of their coursework online and complete two 250-hour field education practicums for a total of 500 site-based fieldwork hours. NCU’s advanced standing track can be completed in one year of full-time enrollment.

San Jose State University (SJSU) offers an online, advanced standing MSW program that is similar in form and focus to the university’s campus-based, advanced standing program. The program, which SJSU refers to as an online/hybrid program, provides all of its didactic instruction online and requires students to engage in 700 hours of in-person, site-based field education. The program has a Transcultural Multi-Systems Generalist Perspective specialization that provides advanced generalist training and instruction in clinical and macro practice social work. In addition, students have the options of pursuing a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential as part of the program. SJSU’s advanced standing track can be complete in one year of full-time enrollment.

The University of Southern California (USC) has an online MSW program that has three broad areas of study (Adult Mental Health and Wellness; Children, Youth, and Families; and Social Change and Innovation) and optional tracks in Military Social Work and School Social Work. The program is offered in an advanced standing format for qualified students who hold a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate program. Students in the online, advanced standing program, which has a three-semester full-time enrollment plan and a five-semester, part-time enrollment plan, are required to complete 600 hours of field education at a program approved site.

All Master of Social Work Programs in California

The following icons are used to help students easily identify program types and delivery methods. Traditional programs are indicated with a T, while Advanced Standing programs have an . Campus programs are defined as programs that predominantly use face-to-face instruction, while Hybrid programs combine campus and online instruction. Hybrid-Online programs are mainly online programs but require 3 to ~6 campus visits per year. Online programs are defined as programs that are either fully online or only require 1-2 campus visits per year.
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California Baptist University

(Riverside)

California State University San Marcos

(San Marcos)
Department: Department of Social Work
CSWE Accreditation Status: Fully Accredited
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California State University, Bakersfield

(Bakersfield)
Department: Department of Social Work
CSWE Accreditation Status: Fully Accredited
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California State University, Dominguez Hills

(Carson)

California State University, East Bay

(Hayward)
Department: Department of Social Work
CSWE Accreditation Status: Fully Accredited
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California State University, Fresno

(Fresno)

California State University, Los Angeles

(Los Angeles)
Department: School of Social Work
CSWE Accreditation Status: Fully Accredited
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California State University, Monterey Bay

(Marina)
Department: Department of Social Work
CSWE Accreditation Status: Fully Accredited
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California State University, Northridge

(Northridge)

California State University, Stanislaus

(Stanislaus)
Department: College of Education, Kinesiology & Social Work
CSWE Accreditation Status: Fully Accredited
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Northcentral University

(San Diego)
Department: School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSWE Accreditation Status: Granted Candidacy
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San Francisco State University

(San Francisco)

University of California at Los Angeles

(Los Angeles)
Department: Department of Social Welfare
CSWE Accreditation Status: Fully Accredited
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University of the Pacific

(Sacramento)