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Social Work, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
The Master of Social Work degree at California State University Northridge provides students with a strong academic program with professional skill development that provides social services to the San Fernando Valley and adjacent cities, as well as state, national and global communities.


This Social Work full-time postgraduate program from California State University Northridge consists of two academic years and 20 courses equaling 60 credits, of which 12 are in field internship placements. The first year or foundation year of the program consists of 2 semesters for all students, including core course content of social work micro, mezzo and macro practice; multicultural practice; DSM diagnosis; human behavior and the social environment; social welfare policy and advocacy; and social research and field placement. Other required content for professional accreditation includes social work values and ethics, populations-at-risk, diversity, and social and economic justice. The total units (minimum of 60) in the program meet the requirements for professional accreditation.

The evening student cohorts complete their course of study over a 3-year period. Students take two or three courses per semester taking place on weekday evenings and some Saturdays. The field placement for the 3-year, part-time program consists of a minimum of 16 hours of field internship per week during two of the 3 years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • Psychosocial Assessment and Diagnostic Formulation
  • Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice
  • Social Work Practice in Multicultural Contexts
  • Foundations of Field Education I and Placement
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Social Work Research Methods

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited University in Sociology, Psychology, the Liberal Arts or a similar program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 is recommended.
  • Submit a Social Work program application form that includes a personal statement.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, at least two from an academic institution.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Applicant contract.
  • Resume.
  • Applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants must obtain a minimum score of the TOEFL of 88 and score a minimum of 22 on each of the four individual sections in order to meet the department requirement. 
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      8322 USD/year
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      Based on the original amount of 8322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      8322 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
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