Apply to the MSW Program

The 2015 Application period is NOW CLOSED, beginning Wednesday, October 1, 2014, closing Monday, January 5th, 2015

2015 MSW Application Deadline: Monday, January 5th, 2015

All application material must be postmarked Monday, 1/5/15, or delivered to the School of Social Work Office by 4:00pm on Monday, 1/5/15. The CSU Mentor application must also be completed by Monday, 1/5/15.

The School of Social Work receives 200+ applications each year. It is not possible to alert each applicant that their application packet has been received.

Notification of Admission Decisions:

2015 Applicants have been notified of offers of admission from the department as of Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Per the MSW Application: The School of Social Work will contact you through the e-mail address you provide on your online, CSU Mentor application and with the Office of Graduate Studies. All correspondence will be through e-mail, including acceptance and denial letters.

Applicants may have received a notification from CSU Mentor, explaining that you will receive information regarding acceptance within 4-6 weeks. This is an automated response to the submission of your CSU Mentor Online Application. The Office of Graduate Studies will notify you regarding acceptance after the School of Social Work sends notifications, by the end of March, 2015.

Thank you for your interest in our MSW program. There have been a number of inquiries from those persons who were not offered a spot in our program. I will be happy to discuss your individual concerns with you; however, I will not be available to answer those questions until May 26, 2015. If you would like to set up either an in-person or telephone appointment during those dates, please contact me via e-mail.

Vincent Ornelas, MSW, PhD

CSU, Chico School of Social Work Admissions Chair

Available Programs to apply for during the upcoming 2016 Application period:

One-Year Program (Traditional)

Two-Year Program (Traditional)

READ THIS FIRST: 2015 Application Guidelines



2015 MSW Application Check List



Applying for the MSW Program is a two-step process:

Step 1: Apply for admittance to the Office of Graduate Studies online and pay the application fee. The CSU Mentor application must also be completed by the MSW Application Deadline.

Step 2: Download all application materials from our website (below), complete the application, and mail or deliver to the School of Social Work.

2015 MSW Application
Word PDF 
2015 Reference Letter Form Word PDF
2015 Field Liaison Reference Form (BSW Applicants Only)   Word PDF
2015 Prerequisites & Liberal Arts Worksheet Word PDF
2015 Personal Statement Guidelines
Word PDF
2015 MSW Distributed Learning Supplemental Questionnaire (Three-Year Distributed Learning Applicants Only) Word PDF

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