Apply to the MSW Program

Welcome and thank you for your interest in applying to our program!

Applications for our program will be available starting on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 10 a.m. Students will need to complete both a Cal State Apply application and a Social Work Department application.

Reviews of our applications will begin on Friday, December 1, 2023. Title IV-E applicants should complete the application by this deadline to be considered for the Title IV-E program. The deadline for all other applicants is Monday, January 15, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. Decisions about admissions will be sent in early March 2024. 

We are pleased to offer two program options:

  • Full-time, in person program on our Hayward campus
    • This program takes two years to complete and is designed for students who are able to come to our Hayward campus on weekdays. Students attend class two weekdays per week in person on campus throughout the academic year.  Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays in the first year. Students take three to four courses (12-16 academic units) per semester. This option requires a field-internship of 1,080 hours that takes place in-person two weekdays per week in the first year and three weekdays per week in the second year in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Extended program (mostly online)
    • This program takes three years to complete and is designed for students who have work/personal obligations during the day and prefer online learning. Students attend weekly synchronous (Zoom) classes plus up to two in person meeting days per month on our Hayward campus for practice skill labs. Students will take two courses (8 academic units) per semester. Students in this program will also complete 1,080 hours of internship; internship will begin in the summer before the second year and is anticipated to require approximately 12-14 hours minimum per week on weekdays.  Our program focuses on educating students and serving communities within the nine-county SF Bay region. At this time, we are offering only our Community Mental Health concentration in the part-time program. This new program is made possible by a Social Work Education Capacity Expansion Grant from the California Department of Health Care Access and Information.

MSW Application Information Sessions

We warmly invite and encourage all applicants to attend one of our Zoom information sessions to learn more about our program.

Table of Dates, Times, and Zoom Link for MSW Info Sessions. If you require assistance with access, please contact us at
Date Time Zoom Link
Tuesday, Oct 3 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 5 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct 10 6 p.m. 
Thursday, Oct 12 12 p.m. 
Tuesday, Oct 17 12 p.m. 
Thursday, Oct 19 6 p.m. 
Tuesday, Oct 24 12 p.m. 
Thursday, Oct 26 6 p.m. 
Tuesday, Oct 31 6 p.m. 
Tuesday, Nov 7 12 p.m. 
Tuesday, Nov 14 6 p.m. 
Tuesday, Nov 28 12 p.m. 
Thursday, Nov 30 6 p.m.

Application Information

The Department Application Guide for Prospective Students contains important information about the application process, including the admissions essay prompts and the link for sending recommendations. Please read it carefully before submitting your application to the Department. Any additional questions about admissions should be directed to

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