, a college research and planning guide, has recognized Cal State San Bernardino as having one of the top 50 Best Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Degree Programs in the nation for 2021. CSUSB, listed at No. 5, was specifically recognized for having the “Most Flexible Program.”

According to its website, reviewed programs that are offered online, in-person and in hybrid formats, and its top picks for the best MSW degree program are affordable, respected and flexible.

“We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation,” reads the website. “Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100.” For a more extensive explanation, check out’s Ranking Methodology.

CSUSB’s MSW program, housed in the School of Social Work in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is modeled on the requirements of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for social work programs.

The CSWE accredits social work master’s programs that meet high standards of quality in social work education within the U.S. All listed programs in’s ranking are accredited by the CSWE to ensure that they meet the highest standards of quality and that the degree will be recognized by more employers and certification boards.

CSUSB’s MSW Program is carried out using an advanced generalist model with a specialization. In the advanced (final) year of the program, students select a specialization, which can be a social issue, client population or field of practice. Students apply assignments and their research projects to their chosen specialization.

For more information, visit CSUSB’s MSW program website.

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