Fall 2014 MSW Program Application
Applications will be accepted after October 1, 2013 and the deadline is Friday, January 17, 2014.
Please keep in mind that the application process is highly competitive so you may wish to focus on more than just the minimum requirements. For example, an applicant with two years of work experience and a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) would be seen as a stronger applicant than one with one year volunteer experience and a 3.25 GPA.
To be considered for admission to the Master of Social Work program, applicants must have at least a 2.8 GPA in the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of coursework and:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (University of California and California State University graduates meet this requirement), or expect to be awarded prior to beginning graduate study. If your bachelor's degree is from an accredited institution other than a UC or CSU then you must complete a Liberal Arts form. Click here to access the Liberal Arts form.
- Have passed an acceptable course with human Biology content with a grade of "C" or better. Course content should include: Introduction to the major concepts of biology and their application to humans, reproduction and heredity, energy, and metabolism, ecology, evolution, and the levels of biological organization using the human as an example. Must be completed no later than August 22, 2014. Click here for a SAMPLE of acceptable human Biology classes.
- Have passed an acceptable course in statistics with a grade of ''C'' or better. Course content should include: Descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling, probability distribution, introduction to research methods, relationship of statistics to research methods. Must be completed no later than August 22, 2014. Click here for a SAMPLE of acceptable Statistics classes.
It is highly recommened that you review the eligibility criteria for acceptance into the MSW program. With a little critical thinking and self-evaluation you should be able to determine the area(s) where you may or may not get maximum consideration and the area(s) you may or may not want to seek improvement int. Click here for the eligibility criteria.
APPLYING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL AT SACRAMENTO STATE ENTAILS A TWO PART PROCESS:
(1) Apply to the University via the CSU Mentor application program which is facilitated by Office of Graduate Studies. Be sure to thoroughly review the information on the OGS website. Questions regarding the CSU Mentor application program should be directed to OGS. When you are completing the CSU Mentor application you will encounter the "Statement of Purpose" section; please complete this section by stating that you will submit the Statement of Purpose with the MSW Program application. It it highly recommend to print your confirmation page (when received) and include the print-out with your MSW application packet. Go to www.CSUMentor.edu to access the CSU Mentor application.
CSU Mentor operates under electronic completion deadline process. Your CSU Mentor application must be submited by the closing date – January 17, 2014.
(2) Complete the Fall 2014 Division of Social Work MSW Program Application which is due by Friday, January 17, 2014. It is highly recommended you review the Instructions for Applicants to the Fall 2014 MSW Program before submitting your application. Click here for the Instructions for Applicants to the Fall 2014 MSW Progam. Click here for the Fall 2014 MSW Application. If your bachelor's is from a non UC or CSU institution you will need to complete the Liberal Arts form. Click here for the Liberal Arts form. It is highly recommeneded you submit 3 references on the Reference form. Be sure to adhere to the instructions for the Reference Form.
Please note that ALL MSW application materials must be received by the MSW application deadline in order to be reviewed. Incomplete MSW applications will not be reviewed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I apply to begin the MSW program in spring semester ? A. No, the curriculum is structured to begin in the fall and end in the spring, therefore we can only admit graduate students once a year in the fall.
Q. How do I know if I have met the requirement for an acceptable human Biology and/or Statistics class? A. If you have compared the course description of the class you have taken (or plan to take) to the course content requirements above, and/or you have reviewed the SAMPLE classes from the link above, and you are still not sure if it meets the requirement, then email the course description to the MSW Admission. Click here to email MSW Admission. You will be notified of a decision via email.
Q. Is a Bachelor's Degree in Social work required in order to apply to the MSW program? A. No, you are required only to hold a Bachelor's degree that is grounded in Liberal Arts from an accredited college or university.
Q. Can I work full time and attend this program? A. It is highly recommended that MSW students not work full-time while in the MSW program. The program requires a field placement of 16 hours a week in the first year and 24 hours a week in the second year in addition to coursework. It is almost impossible to meet the rigorous standards of this program if you work full-time. The three-year programs provides some relief in the first year, but the same field requirements exist for the second and third years of the programs. We encourage students to make realistic plans for financial support during their time in the program.
Q. What is the Three-Year Weekend Intensive Program? A. Every three years we offer a three-year weekend intensive program in which all courses are delivered on the weekends only. Applicants are admitted as a cohort to this program and take all classes together throughout the three years. The next cohort will available in Fall 2015.
Q. What is the Three-Year Part-Time Program? A. Each year we admit a limited number of students into our Three-Year Part-Time Program. Students take only two courses per semester and finish the program in three years.
Q. Can I use my job as a field placement? A. Yes, if approved by the field director. We have a job conversion alternative that allows students to use their paid employment for field placement under certain conditions. Check the Field Education link more information about the field program requirements.
Q. How are courses scheduled? A. Our courses are offered for 2 hours 50 minutes and meet once per week. The exception is weekend courses that meet five 8 hour days—either Saturday or Sunday, throughout the semester. Students enrolling in weekend courses must be available for every class session. Weekend class dates are in the schedule an on our website. Graduate courses generally begin after 12 noon Monday through Wednesday and 9 am on Friday. We also offer at least one section of every required course in the evenings from 6:30-9:20 pm. You may view the current class schedule for more detailed information.
Q. What are considered cultural diversity courses? A. Click here for a list of Cultural Diversity courses.
Q. Can you provide a list of courses that are considered for the Liberal Arts foundation (General Education) elgibility requirement? A. Yes, click here for a list of Sacramento State University Liberal Arts foundation (General Education) courses. You automatically meet this requirement if your degree is from a UC or CSU campus.
Q. How can I increase my GPA? A. The only way to increase your GPA for consideration into the MSW program is by taking courses in social work related areas (such as human behavior, health and human services, gerontology, anthropology, sociology, or psychology) at the community college or any four-year university. Seek advising from a counselor to determine how many courses you need to take.
Q. How do I calculate my GPA if I have quarter units or a combination of semester and quarter units? A. You will need to convert your quarter units to semester units then use the CSUS GPA calculator (link above) Click here for a “conversion” chart. Also review the information on the Instructions for Applicants to the MSW program for Fall 2014. After you have converted your quarter units to semester units you can use the CSUS GPA Calculator to calculate your GPA. Click here for the CSUS GPA calculator.
Q. How much is tuition per semester? A. Current fees may be found by clicking here: Tuition fees. The full time MSW Program is four semesters. The three year and weekend intensive programs are six semesters.
Q. Can I meet individually with someone to discuss the MSW program and/or application process? A. Unfortunately, because the program is competative and we because we have limited resources, we do not meet individually with prospective applicants, however, we do offer group Info-Sessions starting in October. Click here for the Group Info-Session schedule (scroll to bottom of page).
Thank you for your interest in the CSUS MSW Program