The mission, goals, and objectives of the Master of Social work program at CSUN are to prepare advanced professional practitioners to address the needs of the greater Los Angeles and Southern California regions and to enhance social services for people in urban environments through a strengths-based, community-oriented, urban family practice model while promoting social justice with special sensitivity to the multicultural and multinational population. Our mission, goals, and objectives are woven throughout the curriculum. We prepare graduates to work successfully with a variety of client systems.
The MSW program is grounded in a strengths-based framework to promote the well-being of urban families and communities. Our curriculum incorporates content on the profession's history, purposes, and philosophy. It emphasizes critical and creative thinking that will enable our graduates to initiate, adapt, and evaluate interventions for urban families while remaining alert to relevant national and global issues. The program trains professionals to practice ethically and competently, and to integrate social work knowledge, process, and values into all professional activities.
Learning options close to home and work
In this three-year part-time program, students attend classes in Ventura, California. The schedule is designed around working professionals so classes are held in the evening.
High Quality Education
• Esteemed faculty - Courses are led by distinguished CSUN faculty members who are experts in their fields. No matter which learning option – online or off-campus – students choose, they receive outstanding instructional quality together with personalized support, at a state-university price. In fact, CSUN’s online program can prepare students in less time, and can cost half as much, as a private university program.
• Outstanding support - Students admitted to the program are guaranteed enrollment in all required courses. What’s more, the complete and on-going support of a designated Program Manager, from application to graduation, frees them to focus on their studies and their field placement requirements.
• Cohesive learning community –Students enter and proceed through this program as a cohort, which encourages the development of a supportive network of fellow industry professionals. The cohort design not only guarantees enrollment in all required courses but also results in on-time program completion rates of up to 85% or higher.
•Field education - Field education provides the guided practice needed to prepare MSW students to become advanced social work professionals. CSUN faculty will help facilitate the placement of students in approved settings that are within a reasonable distance from the student’s home or work.
California State University Northridge is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).