Humboldt State University Online MSW Programs

Humboldt State University’s Department of Social Work, through its Distributed Learning (DL) program, offers both traditional standing and advanced standing online MSW programs that focus on advanced generalist practice in rural and Native American communities. The full-length MSW program takes three and a half years (10 semesters) of part-time study to complete, while the advanced standing MSW program [which requires a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)], takes two years (six semesters) of part-time study to complete. At this time, Humboldt State only offers a part-time curriculum that generally requires students to study 20 to 25 hours per week.

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Classes are a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction, and the curriculum and course content of the online MSW program is equivalent to that of the on-campus program. While most of the DL program’s course content is completely online, students are required to attend a four-day on-campus intensive every January, during the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. In addition to these visits, DL students are required to participate in a campus-based orientation at the beginning of their program.

Students entering the program in the advanced standing track complete 480 hours of field education over two semesters, while students in the full-length program complete 960 hours of field education during semesters 3, 4, 9, and 10. Students must find their own field placements and supervisors, and have to meet with the Director of Field Education for final approval of their selections. During their field placements, students are required to attend a weekly online field education seminar.

Applicants to Humboldt State’s DL MSW program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 units of their undergraduate degree, and completed both Elementary Statistics and Native American Studies with a C grade or better. Prospective students must also meet CSU general education requirements for a liberal arts education.

Humboldt State University’s DL MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). Humboldt State is also regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).

Humboldt State University Online MSW Program: Overview

Department: Department of Social Work

Degree Types: Traditional and Advanced Standing

Concentrations: Generalist program that focuses on working with rural and indigenous communities

Program Structure: Online with field experience (note: students must visit the campus one to two times per year)

Instruction Methods: Online program meets through both synchronous and asynchronous instruction – students take 7.5 units per semester with three semester per year

Disclaimer: Traveling to and from campus is at your own expense.

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online MSW Program
  • Phone Number: (707) 826-4448

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 960 hours (two internships)
  • Number of Credits Required: 75 total program units

Program Length

  • Program Options: Part-Time Only
  • Program Length: Part-Time program that takes three and a half years
  • Program Start Dates: Spring admission only

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours of coursework
  • GRE Information: Not required but recommended if GPA is below 3.0

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Advanced Standing Online MSW Program
  • Phone Number: (707) 826-4448

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 480 hours
  • Number of Credits Required: 43.5 total program units

Program Length

  • Program Options: Part-Time Only
  • Program Length: Part-Time program that takes two years
  • Program Start Dates: Summer admission only (students start by taking two summer bridge classes then join advanced year students in the Fall)

Admission Requirements

  • BSW Requirement: Students must have graduated from an undergraduate social work program accredited by CSWE in the past five years
  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5
  • GRE Information: Not Required

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