California State University, East Bay
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Master of Social Work
Masters of Social Work
The Department of Social Work offers graduate study leading to the Degree of Masters of Social Work (MSW). It admits MSW students every fall. Two concentrations are offered as part of the MSW program: Children, Youth, and Family Services (CYF) and Community Mental Health Services (CMH). The program is designed to prepare full-time (afternoon and evening) students for a career in the field of social work. A year-round part-time program is offered at the Oakland Professional Development Center.
CYF is available for individuals interested in working in traditional child welfare services, family service agencies, adolescent services, family preservation services, etc. Applicants who apply for this option may be eligible for a two-year Title IV-E stipend dependant upon meeting programmatic guidelines.
Graduates of the MSW program are prepared to work with individuals, families, groups and organizations in both public and non-profit practice. The State of California is experiencing an acute shortageof individuals prepared for leadership roles in social work practice. The State also has a critical shortage of social workers trained at the master's level and this is expected to increase well into the 21st century. In child welfare alone, it is estimated that the ten largest county child welfare agencies have an immediate need for 3,400 social workers. The need is greatest in mental health, in agencies dealing with the aged, and in the juvenile justice system. Both the Alameda County and the Contra Costa County social service agencies all report a shortage of MSW-level social workers.
CMH is available for individuals interested in working in community mental health agencies, crisis intervention services, case management with the chronically and persistently mentally ill and other mental health services with emphasis on public sector work.
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.
The university is WASC accredited and the MSW program is accredtied by the Council on Social Work Education
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required:
90 quarter units
In State Tuition (per year):
Out State Tuition (per year):
Master's College or University I
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