School of Social Work

Apply to the MSW Program

The MSW Application Process opens October 1, 2017

MSW Application Deadline: January 5, 2018

The School of Social Work office will be closed Thursday, December 21, 2017, and will re-open at 9:00am on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Office staff will be unavailable during this office closure.

The MSW application process must be initiated at least 5 business days prior to submitting your application. Due to the electronic nature of this application process, please allow for technical delays which may impact your submission timeline.

Application Process for the MSW Program:

Step 1: Apply for admittance to the  Office of Graduate Studies online, pay the application fee, and submit official transcripts to them. The Cal State Apply application must also be completed by the MSW Application Deadline.

Having technical problems applying to the CSU through Cal State Apply? Please contact the Cal State Apply Helpline: 857-304-2087

Step 2: Submit an online MSW application, with uploaded unofficial transcripts and Personal Statement. Step 2 cannot be completed until an applicant has submitted a Cal State Apply application.

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Graduate Students: New Accounts

  1. Make sure your Cal State Apply application has been submitted.
  2. Four business days (Monday-Friday) after submitting the Cal State Apply application contact the School of Social Work by calling 530-898-5043.
  3. Obtain your Chico State ID number from the School of Social Work.
  4. Create your account using the Account Initialization Tool.
  5. Allow one business day for our account records to update.
  6. Proceed with your Masters of Social Work Application.

What Programs are available to apply to?

Click here to view all MSW Program Course Sequences

ProgramFormatCohort Year
MSW 1-Year ProgramFace-to-Face2018-2019
MSW 2-Year ProgramFace-to-Face2018-2020
MSW 3-Year ProgramDistributed Learning: Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face2018-2021

Please disregard the Cal State Apply MSW Program Descriptions, as applicants will be considered for the specific MSW Program they will select within the Online MSW Application.

Helpful Material

(Documents updated 9/20/17 & 9/29/17)

READ THIS FIRST:  2018 Application Guidelines (PDF)  9/29/17

Online MSW Application Walk Through (PDF)10/11/17

MSW Prerequisites & Liberal Arts Information-Application Course Work (PDF)  9/20/17

If you require any of this information in an accessible format, please contact the School of Social Work at 530-898-6204 or the Office of Accessible Technology at 530-898-6532.

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Need help?

Click here for MSW Informational Meeting Schedule

Please contact Jenny Funk, ASA II

Please visit Rapid Graphics on campus if you need assistance with uploading your unofficial transcripts to your School of Social Work MSW Online Application. If you live out of the area, we suggest you contact a local copy center for assistance with attachments.


The School of Social Work receives roughly 150 applications per year. The Programs accept 20 One-Year Applicants, 25 Two-Year Applicants, and 40 Three-Year Applicants. The Department also creates wait lists for each Program, and the offer of acceptance for those on the wait list is dependent on the status of "Accepted" Applicants.

All notifications will be sent by e-mail, mid April, 2018.

Applicants may also check the status of their application by signing in to the Online MSW Application.

Accepted applicants will have a two-week timeframe to accept their Offer of Acceptance. If an applicant does not reply after the two-week timeframe, the Department will begin contacting those on the waitlists for each program.

Instructions on how to check the status of your MSW Application (PDF)

Was I accepted into the MSW Program?