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School of Social Work

About the MSW Program

Welcome to the MSW Program and to the School of Social Work at California State University, Chico!

The faculty and staff of the School of Social Work have prepared the Student Handbook for the MSW Program to inform you about the School’s policies, procedures, and information regarding the program. It is important that you become familiar with the contents of your Handbook, as it will give you an overview of what to expect throughout your time in the program. It may save you considerable time and difficulty if you know this information from the beginning.

You should also obtain a copy of the university’s graduate studies guide: A Guide to Graduate Studies: Policies, Procedures and Format, which can be located at the Office of Graduate Studies.

The School of Social Work is housed within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and is also under the auspices of the Graduate School. Therefore, the MSW Program is subject to the policies and procedures of those bodies as well as the university. To make yourself aware of those requirements, please become familiar with the most current version of the University Catalog.

As the policies and procedures of the School of Social Work are constantly under review and revision, please stay in close communication with the MSW Program personnel. The School of Social Work website is updated regularly and will give you the most current version of policies and procedures, as well as other valuable information. Your faculty adviser is also an important source of information.

Please review and refer to information contained in the current Student Handbook for MSW Program.

MSW Application Information

MSW Application timeline: October 1st, 2018 - January 5th, 2019

The One-Year Program is comprised of the Concentration year plus six units of summer preparation courses, requiring 34-36 units** of course work and 720 hours of field education practicum experience. It is designed for those who have obtained a BSW degree that is CSWE-accredited within the last five (5) years, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who have exhibited outstanding performance in their undergraduate social work studies and/or employment in social services. (**depending on program plan)

The Two-Year Program is comprised of the Professional Foundation year and the Concentration year, requiring 59-61 units** of course work and 1200 hours of field education practicum experience. The Concentration year involves a focus of study in either Social Work Practice in Mental Health Services (MH) or Social Work Practice in Families, Children and Youth Services (FCY). Neither focus will limit employment opportunities, as the core knowledge and skills of the Advanced Generalist Practice model apply to all types of employment.

The Three-Year Distributed Learning Program provides the same MSW curriculum as the Two-Year Program. This program admits students once every three years with the next cohort of students beginning fall 2018. As in the Two-Year Program, this program requires a total of 59-61 units** of course work and 1200 hours of field education practicum experience. Additional admission requirements and course and schedule information are in the current CSU, Chico University Catalog and the CSU, Chico website.

If you have additional questions about our MSW programs, please call or send an e-mail to:

Dr. Sue Steiner, PhD

MSW Program Director

Dr. Seema Sehrawat, PhD

Distributed Learning Coordinator

Jenny Funk, ASA II

BSW & MSW Program Assistant

Melissa Cheatham, ASA II

Distributed Learning Program Assistant