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MSW Overview

New Cohort Beginning for MSW Program at the the Calexico Campus! 

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San Diego State University School of Social Work offers 1, 2, 3, and 4-year plans for obtaining the MSW degree.  In addition, the School of Social Work also offers two dual degree programs: Master in Social Work Degree / Master in Public Health Degree (MSW/MPH) and a Master in Social Work Degree / Juris Doctor Degree (MSW/JD).

Program Structure

The MSW Program is organized around two distinct methods of concentrations, Direct Practice/Clinical or Administration and Community Development, and focus areas (mental health, children/youth/families, and health/aging). The first-year foundation courses present an orientation to social work practice and provide the necessary base upon which to build the more advanced body of knowledge, practice principles and skills offered in the second year.

All students must complete a multiple choice exam at the completion of 31 units of work, in the final year of the program, students choose between completion of a thesis (Plan A) or a Comprehensive Exam ( Plan B). Those who select thesis will be required to complete a substantive research project directed by a faculty thesis committee recruited by the student. Students selecting comprehensive exam must pass a 4-hour essay/case statement exam.

Additional Program Details

A detailed description may be found in the Social Work section of the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Included are admission requirements, course and electives listings, and detailed program requirements. Potential applications should print this document.