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School of Social Work

Comprehensive Exams

California State University, School of Social Work

Master’s in Social Work Comprehensive Exam

Spring 2021

The Master’s of Social Work program requires students to satisfactorily complete a culminating activity: a thesis, a community-based project, or a comprehensive examination as a condition of graduation. The culminating activity serves as an integrative experience in graduate education.

This comprehensive examination is structured as an integrative paper (written exam) or poster presentation (oral exam) incorporating the student’s best work. The comprehensive examination must be completed during the student’s last academic term and submitted no later than February 12, 2021. It should reflect advanced practice knowledge, skills and values applied to a micro, mezzo, or macro level case in the concentration-year practicum.  Students should choose a case with which they have worked/shadowed extensively.  Students should look at the case retrospectively, discussing not only what was actually done on the case, but what could have been done given what the student knows about the population, problem and intervention from course material, practice experience and the relevant literature.  

All students planning to complete a comprehensive exam are invited to attend the comprehensive exam workshops.  These workshops are designed to help you formulate your case key elements and discuss the integrated learning process. 

Written Exam
Oral Exam