Apply to the University by completing the CSU application through Cal State Apply.
The MSW application is in the "Program Materials" section of the Cal State Apply application.
Complete all required sections and submit with required documentation before 5pm on
the closing date.
Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 must provide a statement in
the appropriate area of the Cal State Application in which they explain the circumstances
that affected their cumulative GPA, and evidence to demonstrate their potential to
successfully complete graduate level course work (e.g., grades received in upper division
or graduate level coursework taken since receiving the BA/BS degree).
You will find the Personal Statement instructions and prompts when you complete the
CAL STATE APPLY application. Your statement should enable the MSW Admissions Committee
to make an informed decision about your potential for success in the Graduate Social
Guide to crafting a Personal Statement can be found here: https://www.mswdegrees.org/resources/social-work-personal-statement
All references should be listed in the appropriate area in the CAL STATE APPLY application.
Suitable references include employers/supervisors, professional and academic references.
Do not use relatives or social acquaintances as references.
- Official transcripts will be required to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office
as requested through the CAL STATE APPLY application process. This is required for
the University portion of the application.
- Unofficial transcripts will need to be uploaded into the Cal State Apply portal as
part of the Program Materials section for the MSW portion of the application.
- If your undergraduate institution did not issue grades (e.g., A through F), the registrar
of that institution needs to interpret your transcript to reflect grades.
- Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be reviewed by International