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Apply to the MSW Program

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, marginalized, 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.

Application

  1. Review the MSW Application Instructions below

  2. Apply online to the university - Opens October 1st, Due by January 10 - (Must complete to access the MSW Supplamental Application)

  3. Receive email from Sacramento State, Graduate Studies

  4. Set up your SacLink account to access supplamental application

  5. Complete all required materials for the Division of Social Work MSW Application found in the application instructions - Due by January 17

MSW Instructions and Application

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Timeline

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.

  • GRE (Graduate Records Examination): A copy of the Score Report from the Revised General GRE must accompany the MSW application. 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. www.ets.org 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. 916-278-6943

MSW Information Sessions

Information Session PowerPoint

MSW Field Eessential Information

Day Date Time Location
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Monday September 9 6:30PM - 8:30PM University Union Redwood Room, 1st Floor
Monday October 14 6:30PM - 8:30PM University Union Redwood Room, 1st Floor
Thursday November 14 6:30PM - 8:30PM University Union Pacific Suite, 3rd Floor
Thursday December 5 6:30PM - 8:30PM University Union Pacific Suite, 3rd Floor