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Apply to the MSW Program

Fall 2022 MSW application deadline has been extended.

MSW Supplemental deadline: January 28, 2022

Cal State application deadline: January 14, 2022

The MSW program seeks to enroll students who are well-qualified and highly diverse. The program is highly competitive and seeks to matriculate applicants who are well-suited for advanced practice with vulnerable, marginalizes, and justice-seeking populations and communities. Admission is based on academic and professional preparation, potential for success in graduate school, and potential to contribute to the profession.

Before Applying

Before submitting an application to the MSW program, it is recommended to better apprise yourself about the program. Attend an upcoming information session in order to learn more about the program and process of admission. Also, review the FAQ about the program, information about the MSW program, and information about field education.

GRE Requirement Suspended for Fall 2022 Admission Cycle

Due to the Covid-19 challenges the Division of Social Work has decided to suspend the requirement for GRE scores for applicants to the MSW program for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle. Applicants for Fall 2022 DO NOT need to submit GRE scores with MSW applications. You may direct clarifying questions about this suspension to admissions.


  1. Review the MSW Application Instructions below

  2. Apply online to the university DUE JANUARY 14, 2022
    Must complete to access the MSW Supplemental Application

  3. Receive email from Sacramento State, Graduate Studies

  4. Set up your SacLink account to access supplemental application

  5. Complete all required materials for the Division of Social Work MSW Application found in the application instructions DUE JANUARY 28, 2022

MSW Instructions and Application

Contact Admissions

FALL 2022 Application Cycle: October 1, 2021 - January 28, 2022 (deadline extended)


Review of the submitted MSW applications is time-intensive and involves the commitment and work of the faculty within the Division. Applicants will be notified of admission via their Sac State email, as early as possible. Typically, notices are sent out by mid April.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Academic Requirement: Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have at least a 2.80 GPA in the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of coursework.

  • (Waived for Fall 2022 Admissions) GRE (Graduate Records Examination): A copy of the Score Report from the Revised General GRE must accompany the MSW application. The exam must be taken no further that 5 years out from the final application due date. The GRE is proctored and reviewed by a private organization separate from CSUS and the Division of Social Work. Any questions or concerns about exam registration, payment, or examination procedures should be directed to the ETS organization. Please note: Only the analytical writing portion will be reviewed by the Division of Social Work.

    Applicants that currently hold a Master's degree or higher do not need to take the GRE
  • Human Biology Requirement: Pass 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. This must be completed before the start of the fall semester of matriculation. See the list of example acceptable Human Biology

  • Statistics Requirement: Pass an acceptable course in statistics with a grade of C or better. Course content should include: descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling, probability distribution, This must be completed before the start of the fall semester of matriculation. See the list of example acceptable Statistics

If you have any further questions, please contact the Division of Social Work.

MSW Program Information Video and Q&As

Information Session PowerPoint
(GRE Waived for Fall 2022)

MSW Field Essential Information