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.The CSUSB School of Social Work offers coursework leading to the completion of a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. The program is modeled on the requirements of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for social work programs. All MSW courses are offered on the main campus in San Bernardino, or online via the Pathway Distance Education Program. There are currently no plans to teach MSW classes at our Palm Desert Campus.

To accommodate student needs, our MSW Program can be completed in one of three ways:

  1. The Two-Year Program:  Two academic years (4 semesters) of coursework. This option is best for students who are able to focus their time and attention to full-time, intensive study.
  2. The Three-Year Program:  Three academic years (6 semesters) of coursework. This option is best for students who have to work (or have other, similar obligations) while they are enrolled in school.  No less rigorous or intensive than the two-year program, but spread out over three years.
  3. Pathway Distance Education Program:  Essentially, this is the same as the three-year program, but is taught online for students who either live too far away to attend courses at the main CSUSB campus, or are in a work / personal situation that makes campus-based attendance at CSUSB impractical.

It must be emphasized that an MSW program is very demanding of time and energy. The three-year program is not designed for students who must work 40 hours per week. It will very likely be necessary for these students to reduce their hours of employment.

CSUSB 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. Listed below are  examples of some specializations:

Social Issue Client Population Field of Practice
Homelessness Children Child Welfare
Substance Abuse Elderly Mental Health
Domestic Violence Families School of Social Work
Child Abuse People living with HIV/AIDS Gerontological Social Work
HIV-AIDS Minority Ethnic Group(s) Social Work in the Health
Poverty and Public Welfare Immigrants and Refugees Care System
Racism and Ethnocentrism Gay, Lesbian, Bixesual, & Transgender Population Physical and Mental Disabilities and Rehabilitation
Sexism Substance Abusers Correctional Services
Spirituality Rural Populations Social Work in the Workplace
  Inner City Populations Substance Abuse
  Gang Members International Social Work

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