The California State University, East Bay Master of Social Work program's philosophy and curriculum are grounded in the reality of an urban environment. We graduate practitioners who have a social justice focus and who are competent to work in a diverse, multicultural setting. The Department of Social Work is established to address the diverse social work needs and problems particular to urban, multicultural and multiracial populations, including issues of poverty, discrimination, racism, sexism, ageism, classism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of injustice.
The mission of the Master of Social Work program is to graduate culturally responsive urban social workers in the areas of Children, Youth, and Families and Community Mental Health. Social work graduates are well prepared to address individual, family, group, and community needs caused by inequalities of class and identity, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, immigration status, religion, caste, and other forms of social injustice. Advocacy and social change to address these injustices form the core of the MSW program.
Our Department's vision is to create a cadre of diverse leaders who will be catalysts for social change and transform oppressive systems in partnership with the communities they serve.
The Department of Social Work offers graduate instruction leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree to a diverse, multicultural and multiracial student population. The faculty, through teaching, advising and the field experience, works to foster a sense of activism, social justice, commitment to change and a new vision of professional competence in students admitted to the program. The MSW degree is especially oriented to preparing social work professionals for practice in the urban Bay Area with at-risk populations such as women, people of color and other oppressed populations. Currently, there are two concentrations: Children, Youth and Families (CYF) and Community Mental Health (CMH). Within the program of study, students engage in both academic classes and a field experience. This unique melding of coursework and field experiences is designed to provide students with a maximum of preparation for effective social work practice in today’s increasingly diverse, complex, multicultural and multiracial society.
Social Work is a growing profession with extensive opportunities for employment. Social workers have over a hundred year history of working with oppressed and vulnerable populations. As we continue in the 21st century, social workers will maintain their key role as change agents assisting those in need to meet the challenges of living in an increasingly complex multicultural and multiracial society. Read about social work career opportunities for MSW Graduates.
The MSW program opened in fall of 2003. It is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. We now have over 1,000 alumni, and our sixteenth class graduated in May 2020. Watch some brief interviews with current students and former students.
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