Students attend classes year round. Classes are taught three at a time, in 16-week semesters. Students complete a total of 21 classes (63 graduate units). While CSUN's MSW is a 60-unit degree, students who participate in off-campus cohorts may be required to complete additional units to meet the specific Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) fieldwork requirements for each cohort/location. Classes are held on Wednesdays (COC) or Thursdays (Ventura) from 4-10 pm, and includes up to four additional Saturdays during the Summer terms. Students must be available for field placement Monday-Friday, from 9am-6pm. Evening and weekend field placements are unavailable. When field internship hours remain incomplete beyond the first and second years of the program students are required to complete their remaining field hours in the final year of the program. It is not possible for students to complete a field internship at their place of employment.
Beginning the Fall semester of the first year, students are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours of field placement internship per week. Field placement days and times are determined by the CSUN MSW Field Education Department, based on agency needs, student schedules and employer approval. If offered admission to the CSUN MSW Program, students are required to successfully complete a field internship interview on campus. All applicants are advised to review the Field Education Manual and Student Manual for the policies governing the field internship and academic program prior to applying to the CSUN MSW Program.
The Department of Social Work received national initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) from 2004-2005 to 2012. This accreditation has been reaffirmed by the CSWE Commission on Accreditation (COA) for eight years, ending February 2020.