California State University (CSU), Northridge Online MSW Program

The California State University, Northridge’s (CSUN) Tseng College in collaboration with the Department of Social Work in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences currently offers one fully online MSW program. At this time, CSUN only offers a traditional standing track, which can be completed on a full-time basis. The online MSW program focuses on urban community practice and prepares students to work in a variety of settings including: healthcare centers, schools, and community and government organizations. In addition, coursework focuses on training students to work with all types of people from individuals and families to larger groups and policy makers.

Learn More: Interview with Dr. Constantine Brown – Director of Online and Offsite MSW Programs at CSUN
“California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is… committed to excellence in education and service to its students…” Read more from Dr. Constantine Brown’s interview

Learn More: Interview with Jennifer Henningfield – Director of Online & Offsite Field Education at CSUN
“We take our role in the education of future MSW colleagues very seriously.” Read more from Jennifer Henningfield’s interview

Learn More: Interview with Dr. Wendy Ashley – Assistant Professor at CSUN
“Community Mental health & Urban Child Welfare.” Read more from Dr. Wendy Ashley’s interview

Learn More: Interview with Steven Sherry – Full-Time Lecturer at CSUN
“Field Education in an Urban Setting.” Read more from Steven Sherry’s interview

Learn More: Interview with Dr. Susan Love – Professor at CSUN
“Social Work & Evidence-based Practice.” Read more from Dr. Susan Love’s interview

CSUN’s online MSW program follows a cohort model where students enter and proceed through the program together as a group. This means that students follow a specific curriculum and pre-determined schedule of classes with guaranteed enrollment. The full-time program takes two years to complete with classes in the fall and spring semesters.

All full-time online MSW programs require a considerable time commitment from students in order to complete coursework and field education requirements. For field education, students are required to work 16 hours per week during the first year. Therefore, as with all full-time online MSW programs, students are not recommended to work full-time while pursuing their MSW degree.

Cal State Northridge is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the online MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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California State University, Northridge Online Master of Social Work Program: Overview

DepartmentDepartment of Social Work at California State University, Northridge

Degree Types: Traditional Standing only

Concentrations: Generalist with an emphasis on urban family practice

Program Structure: Online with field education (no campus requirement)

Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model and students take classes year round – the majority of classes have asynchronous instruction where students do not need to log on at specific times except for a one-hour online field education class

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work – Online
  • Phone Number: (818) 677-3332

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: About 1,000 hours (400-600 Foundation Year, 500-700 Concentration Year)
  • Number of Credits Required: 60 units

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-time only
  • Program Length: 2 years (four semesters)
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, spring

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.5

CSU Northridge’s MSW program information was last updated in March 2020. For more information, visit the university’s website above.

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