Distributed Learning

Welcome to the School of Social Work and Thank You for your interest in the Distributed Learning Program!

The fully accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs were created out of a need for accessible social work degrees for those who could not participate in traditional social work degree programs. Many of our students live in rural and remote regions of Northern California, work full-time, or have family obligations which create a need for education delivered in an alternative, more accessible format. Most of the coursework is offered through a hybrid delivery format which includes online and face-to-face course work.

Both the MSW and BSW degree programs are three-year programs (eight consecutive semesters). Our BSW program admits students each fall and our MSW program admits students every three years. Recently, GetEducated.com ranked the BSW Distributed Learning Program at CSU, Chico #2 amongst online degree programs for quality and value. Even though we were ranked as an online program, we do require face-to-face meetings in a weekend format. Please review our specific program information and contact us if you would like more information.

What is Distributed Learning?
Distributed learning is a general term used to describe a multi-media method of instructional delivery that includes a mix of Web-based instruction, face-to-face classroom time and synchronous collaborate sessions with instructors and classmates.

Is Distributed Learning for me?

  • Programs follow the same curriculum as traditional programs.
  • Year-round Program.
  • Engage with professors and fellow students through live webcasts, chats, individual and small group discussions, virtual role plays and shared projects.
  • Visits to Chico State Campus two-three weekends a semester to build and practice your skills and experience the onsite academic community.
  • Field placements in or near your home community.
  • You will need high-speed Internet access, a web cam, a headset/microphone and a computer with a minimum of 1 GB RAM and processor speeds of Windows: 2 GHZ or higher/Macintosh: G2 or higher.

While Distance Learning opens up educational opportunities, it requires good time management skills and works well for those who are self-directed learners. We encourage you think about yourself as a learner to see if this program meets your needs.

To assist with your exploration, please check out the following website as well as others you may find. http://www.elearners.com/online-education-resources/online-learning/

View the DL Calendar for upcoming events. Distributed Learning Calendar 


Dr. Seema Sehrawat
Program Coordinator

Ms. Jené Rabo
Administrative Support

The Distributed Learning BSW & MSW programs at California State University, Chico are fully accredited by WASC and CSWE.