California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Online MSW Program

California State University, San Bernardino’s (CSUSB) College of Social & Behavioral Sciences offers a part-time online Master of Social Work (MSW) program that can be completed in three years. Currently, CSUSB only offers a program designed for traditional standing students and does not offer an advanced standing track (which requires a Bachelor of Social Work). CSUSB’s program has an advanced generalist concentration where students learn both micro (interventions with individuals, families, and groups) and macro (interventions with local, national and international organizations and communities) social work.

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The online MSW program uses a cohort model of instruction where students proceed together as a group through the program. In addition, the majority of classes use asynchronous instruction, meaning students are not required to login at specific times to attend lectures. However, students may be required to meet in real-time for some classes and lectures.

Cal State San Bernardino’s online MSW program does require students to attend three two-day on-campus orientations, one in each year of the program. These orientations give students an opportunity to interact with professors and fellow classmates face-to-face and may be a good option for students who want to feel more connected to the university and campus.

CSUSB is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Cal State San Bernardino Online MSW Program: Overview

Department: School of Social Work
Degree Types: Traditional Standing Only
Concentrations: Advanced Generalist with Specializations

Program Structure: Online with field education (note: students must visit the campus three times during the program in August of each year for a 2 to 3 day orientation)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model with the majority of classes using asynchronous instruction – students may be required to meet in real-time (synchronous instruction) for some class meetings

Disclaimers: Please contact the Program Coordinator to determine if the program is available for your state of residence.

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview
Program Name: Pathway M.S.W. Distance Education Program
Website: School of Social Work
Phone Number: (909) 537-5501

Program Requirements
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,080 hours (two internships)
Number of Credits Required: 90 quarter credit hours required to graduate

Program Length
Program Options: Part-Time Only (*Students are required to complete field education during daytime hours)
Program Length: Part-Time program that takes 3 years to complete
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 (students with a minimum GPA of 2.8 may be considered if application is sufficiently strong)
GRE Information: Not Required (but recommended if GPA is between 2.8 and 3.0)
Work Experience: Program requires at least one year of volunteer, internship or paid work experience in the social work field.