2018-2019 Catalog

Social Work

Master of Social Work Program Learning Outcomes

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

Department of Social Work  

Master of Social Work (2- and 3-year curriculum)


Paul DuongTran, Department Chair
Nicole Vazquez, Director of Field Education
Sharon Chun Wetterau, Assistant Director (Field Education)
Camille Henderson, Coordinator (3-year MSW)
Roberta Davis, Field Coordinator (3-year MSW)
Susan D. Einbinder
Adriana Aldana
Maria Avila
Lynn Harris
Nyora Higgs
Paul Vu
Mekada Graham (FERP 2018-19)
Program Support
Maria Ramirez-Vasquez
Ana Hernandez

Program Office: WH B-385, (310) 243-3170

Program Description 

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at California State University, Dominguez Hills is intentionally designed to address the diverse social service needs, issues and problems particular to a large metropolitan area such as Los Angeles County. Building on the diversity of the various ethnic groups and cultures residing in the area, the program will prepare social work students for contextually competent social work practice, inclusive of the issues of culture, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, class, sexual orientation and gender. The effects of bias, prejudice and institutionalized racism are examined so that students understand how these issues can affect social work practice, policy development and program implementation. Students learn a variety of perspectives and ways of identifying strategies and interventions for addressing these concerns and other problems in social work practice with individuals, families and communities.
The Department of Social Work promotes a psychosocial, ecological and cross-cultural approach to social work practice with Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality serving as the theoretical framework for contextually competent practice. The curriculum is developed and organized as a coherent and integrated whole consistent with program goals and objectives. California State University, Dominguez Hills offers one concentration: Social Work Practice in Communities (SWPC) and three specializations that students can choose from: Children, Youth and Families, Community Mental Health and Community Capacity Building.
The MSW program requires completion of 60 semester credit hours which can be accomplished through the following program options: A two year full-time program with classes that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the day, with fieldwork hours on Monday, Wednesday, and some Fridays or a three-year part-time program with year-round classes held in the evenings and weekends and fieldwork occurring in the second and third years during normal business hours. The curriculum is organized around the following core areas: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Practice, Policy, Research and Field Education. At the end of the foundation year, students are expected to have acquired a sense of professional responsibility and the ability to use knowledge on behalf of the individual, the group, and the community. In the advanced year, the curriculum is planned to combine the concentration around major intervention systems, or specializations that build on a generalist base obtained in the first year of study. This combination enables graduates to move into the social work community with a combination of knowledge and skills in a broad area, as well as in-depth knowledge and skills in a particular method or area of service.

Academic Advisement

Interested students should contact the Department of Social Work at (310) 243-3170 or visit https://www.csudh.edu/social-work/ for more information. Students and applicants should consult the website for updated information.

Admission to the Master of Social Work Program

Applicants must apply to both the University and the Department of Social Work. Applications for admission to CSU Dominguez Hills may be obtained on-line at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply. Online MSW application is mandatory through this webpage: https://www.csudh.edu/social-work/. Further questions about the application requirements, review process, and decisions please direct to: mswadmissions@csudh.edu.
Completed applications and supporting documents for the Department of Social work should be mailed to:
College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing
Department of Social Work
MSW Program
Welch Hall A-385
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four year institution with a liberal arts foundation preferred and a GPA of 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0) or better in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units. Applications with a lower GPA may be considered based on their meeting certain other criteria.
  2. Following is a list of eight courses that span four educational areas that a successful applicant should have satisfactorily completed:
  • Elementary Statistics (students must pass the course)
  • Human Development or its equivalent (students must pass the course)
  • Three courses in the behavioral sciences (social work, sociology, cultural anthropology, psychology, economics, political science, gender or ethnic studies)
  • Two courses in the humanities (philosophy, history, literature, religious studies, performing or visual arts, etc.)
  • One course in English composition.

    Students without this background are encouraged to apply and may be admitted to the MSW program but will likely be required to complete certain liberal arts requirements prior to matriculation.   

  1. Official transcripts of all previous college work submitted to the Social Work Department as well as to the Office of Admissions.
  2. Good standing in the last institution attended.      
  3. Students must submit a 4-6 page personal statement (guidelines found in the supplemental application).
  4. Submission of three recommendation forms from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for graduate study (guidelines found in the supplemental application).
  5. Completion of the CSUDH Graduate School application.