Program Options

The MSW program is offered in three program formats, including full-time, part-time, and Advanced Standing options based on students' prior standing and experience. Students in the program can also choose from two specializations and electives to further focus the degree:

  • Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families
  • Community Leadership and Program Administration

Full-time Option

The full-time program (two years, 60 units) includes classes two days per week and approximately 16 hours per week of supervised internship. All students enroll in the same first-year foundation courses. Specialization courses are taken in the second year of the program. Students complete a 16-hour-per-week internship at a field placement specific to their specialization. Placements are available in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

Full-time MSW Schedule (PDF)

Part-time Option

The part-time program (four years, 60 units) includes classes every Tuesday beginning at 4:20 p.m. (two classes per semester, scheduled back-to-back). In addition, a total of four Saturday intensive courses are required, which meet 3-5 times per semester, in years one and three of the program. All students enroll in the same foundation courses in the first and second years. Specialization courses are taken in the third and fourth years of the program. Supervised internships requiring approximately 16 hours per week occur in the second and fourth years at a field placement specific to the specialization. Placements are available in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

Part-time MSW Schedule (PDF)

Advanced Standing Option

Two Advanced Standing program options allow selected qualified BSW graduates to complete the MSW program at an accelerated rate on either a full-time or part-time basis. All Advanced Standing students enroll in bridge coursework (6 units) two nights per week in July/August, then progress into specialization classes in the fall semester; they do not take any foundational MSW coursework.

Full-Time Advanced Standing (10 Months)

Students complete six weeks of bridge coursework (6 units), meeting two evenings per week in July/August prior to the start of the concentration curriculum, then they join current second-year full-time MSW students for the remaining two semesters (30 units). Students complete a 20-hour-per-week internship at a field placement specific to their specialization. Placements are available in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, and internship hours are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (days and times to be arranged with agency).

MSW Advanced Standing Full-time Schedule (PDF)

Part-Time Advanced Standing (2 years)

The part-time Advanced Standing option allows students to complete the MSW program in two years while maintaining employment. Students complete six weeks of bridge coursework (6 units), meeting two evenings per week in July/August prior to the start of the concentration curriculum in fall. They join current third-year part-time MSW students for the remaining two years (30 units). Students complete a 20-hour-per-week internship in the second year of the program at a field placement specific to their specialization; placements are available in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. Classes are held Tuesday evenings (starting at 4:20 p.m.) and a few Saturdays, and internship hours are conducted weekdays (days and times to be arranged with agency). Students maintaining employment while in the program must have the ability to reduce/rearrange employment hours in the second year to accommodate the field internship requirement.

MSW Advanced Standing Part-time Schedule (PDF)

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.