24 months
14042 USD/year
14042 USD/year
8498 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Social Work program 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.


Program Description

The Social Work program offered by California State University Northridge is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and offers one specialization: advanced generalist practice with a focus on urban communities. This full-time program consists of two academic years and 20 courses equaling 60 credits, of which 12 are in field internship placements. The first year or generalist year of the program consists of two 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. The second year or specialized year of the program builds on the core content taught in the first year and includes other required content for professional accreditation: 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.

A CSUN-UNAM cohort completes a course of study online over a 2-year period with students and faculty from the Autonomous National University of Mexico. In addition to Fall and Summer online academic courses, students complete two summers containing one academic course, a field seminar and a related internship. The first summer is in the United States and the second summer is in Mexico City.

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
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Family Crisis, Trauma and Grief

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH



On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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 on the TOEFL of 88 and score a minimum of 22 on each of the four individual sections in order to meet the department requirement. Additionally, the University accepts the IELTS and PTE Academic tests. The Social Work department requires a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    14042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8498 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8498 USD per year during 24 months.

Yearly tuition fee for seven or more units per semester.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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