Tuition and Aid

Delivering high-quality graduate programs takes a comprehensive support system. Your investment in an advanced degree includes those services and personnel who partner with you in pursuit of higher education. Below is a detailed breakdown of the fees associated with the benefits and services included in your degree program.

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (per unit)$772

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All stated financial information is subject to change. Please consult with the Office of Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services, located in the Graduate and Professional Center, at (626) 815-4570 for the most current and controlling information.

Scholarships, Grants, and Special Programs

L.A. DCFS Internship Program

The L.A. DCFS Internship Program is offered under the IV-E provision of the Social Security Act, with the goal of strengthening professional social work practice in public child welfare agencies. This stipend opportunity is offered through a federally funded program in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and six other partnering Los Angeles-area MSW programs. This stipend provides financial support to MSW students interested in child welfare in exchange for a commitment to work with Los Angeles County DCFS.

The L.A. DCFS Internship Program provides a stipend in the amount of $18,500 per year, for two-year, full-time MSW students in the Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families specialization. Six stipends are awarded annually. Applications can be submitted concurrently with MSW program applications. Title IV-E Stipend applications must be received by March 20, 2020. You may submit your application online.

L.A. DCFS Internship Program Information Meetings

  • Thursday, January 16, 7-7:45 p.m., Wynn Academic Center, Room 111
  • Tuesday, February 18, 7-7:45 p.m., Wynn Academic Center, Room 111
  • Wednesday, March 11, 7-7:45 p.m., Wynn Academic Center, Room 111

Direct questions to:

Virginia Olivas, MSW

L.A. DCFS Internship Program Coordinator
Department of Social Work

  • Email:
  • Office Location: Azusa Pacific University
    PO Box 7000
    Azusa, CA 91702

Program Eligibility

  • Confirmed admission to Azusa Pacific University’s two-year MSW program with a specialization in Clinical Practice with Individual and Families.
  • Confirmed acceptance by DCFS into the Title IV-E Stipend Program.

Program Requirements

  • Complete an interview process on campus designed to assess interest in and level of commitment to public child welfare.
  • Complete an interview process at DCFS designed to assess interest in and level of commitment to public child welfare.
  • Be accepted into the child welfare stipend program by DCFS.
  • Pass the LA County DCFS hiring standards including:
    • Prescreening for county employment including fingerprinting, psychological examination, and medical examination.
  • Adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade-point average with a grade of B- or higher in each course.
  • Successfully complete and receive a grade of B- or higher in all field courses.
  • Complete the required UCCF Title IV-E Stipend Orientation.
  • Complete the required MSW and Specialized Child Welfare curriculum, including:
    • SOCW 537 Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and Diagnosis
    • SOCW 546 Family Therapy in Context
    • SOCW 541 Capstone Leadership Project with Focus on Child Welfare Population, Issue Area, or Service Delivery System
  • Successfully complete the first year of fieldwork placed in a nonprofit agency serving IV-E-eligible children.
  • Successfully complete the second year of fieldwork with DCFS.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance, and secure the use of a car, as required by fieldwork.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permission to legally work in the country.
  • Attend specialized training seminars and activities throughout the year.
  • Sign a contract to secure full-time employment with DCFS for two (2) years—one year of employment for each year of receiving the stipend.
  • Repay the stipend if the student is unable to successfully complete any of the program requirements while in the MSW program.
  • Repay the stipend if the student fails to obtain full-time employment for DCFS postgraduation.

Field Internships

Foundation Year (Year 1)

  • Stipend awardees are required to complete their first year of internship at a nonprofit agency serving Title IV-E-eligible children.
    • Agencies that meet the Title IV-E Stipend requirement include foster family agencies, adoption agencies, child/youth residential homes, and school-based behavioral health programs serving high-risk youth.
    • These internships are designed to develop independent, critical thinkers with specialized skills valuable in serving diverse people in a variety of ways. Interns will intervene with families and facilitate change in communities and the environment.

Specialization Year (Year 2)

  • Students are required to complete their second year of field placement at DCFS.
    • Interns work under the supervision of Children Social Workers (CSWs) in Continuing Services and Emergency Response units.
    • Continuing Services units utilize the family’s strengths, conduct ongoing needs assessments, and provide resources in order to preserve or reunify a child within the family.
    • Emergency Response units conduct risk/safety assessments utilizing teaming and engagement in an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of children and their families.

MSW students who are interested in exploring a career in public child welfare are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by March 20, 2020.

Final Title IV-E Stipend awards are contingent upon final funding of the Title IV-E Stipend UCLA Subaward Grant, anticipated July 1.

Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC)

Azusa Pacific University is a member of the Southern California Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC), which brings together the social work departments of eight universities in the greater Los Angeles area and 11 Centers of Excellence, which are agencies that focus on specialized training, advocacy, and service delivery for older adults. GSWEC provides a directed social work field education experience for students who want to develop skills in working with older adults and their families.

Students who apply for GSWEC are eligible to interview for placements at one of the Centers of Excellence, which offer opportunities in hospital settings, outpatient care management, veterans’ facilities, behavioral health, substance abuse, dementia patients and caregivers, and more. With a focus on leadership skills, the students attend a series of seminars and trainings arranged by GSWEC member agencies. Specialization-year students, in either the clinical specialization or community specialization, are eligible to apply for this program, which offers a stipend with no work/payback requirement. The recruitment process begins in January of the student’s foundation year.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC)

Students who are interested in completing the PPS credential for school social work must complete a 600-hour field internship in an approved school-based field internship under the supervision of a PPS-credentialed field instructor. After degree posting, students are eligible to apply to a post-MSW PPSC program to complete the credential requirements. Interviews for PPSC field internships are competitive and may require additional commitments as a condition of placement, including early internship start date and/or late end date.

Specialization-year clinical students are eligible for PPSC placements. School-based field internships require direct-practice experience, therefore school sites prefer and prioritize clinical specialization students. The MSW program’s course curriculum meets the prerequisite requirements for application to post-MSW PPSC programs at UCLA and Cal State University, Long Beach. Information about PPSC field internships will be provided early in the spring semester of each academic year.

Community Leadership and Program Administration Student Award

This faculty-nominated award is presented to two Foundation Year Community Leadership and Program Administration students, one each from the full-time and part-time cohorts, who have demonstrated excellence in foundation academic coursework, fieldwork, and professionalism, along with an impressive understanding and application of macro work practice skills. The award is $500 per winner. Selection is based on:

  • Top GPA after completion of foundation curriculum and field internship
  • Field internship performance
  • Evidence of professional behavior and conduct

Nominations come from MSW faculty. If there are multiple candidates for either award, essays will be solicited to select the winner. The awards are presented each year in May.

MOU Partner Tuition Discounts

The MSW program at the Inland Empire Regional Campus offers a 10 percent tuition discount for employees of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Riverside County employees should visit the County of Riverside MOU page, and San Bernardino County employees need only show proof of employment.

Additional Outside Scholarships

MSW students are encouraged to look for external scholarship opportunities.

Financial Aid

Several types of financial aid are available to graduate students who are U.S. citizens. The resources range from federal loans and state grants to, for some graduate programs, fellowships and scholarships. For details about financial aid available for your program, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services at (626) 815-4570.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

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.