How to Apply

***ONLINE 2021 FALL APPLICATION Period opens October 1.***

Fall 2021 applications deadline February 1, 2021 and to be submitted online through


To apply to the University and MSW Program please complete the application located at CalStateApply

NOTE FOR APPLICANTS: When beginning your CalStateApply application, you will be asked about program format (campus/online) and term. Please choose which program you are interested in apply to, CAMPUS MSW or On-Line Hybrid option for FALL 2021. You will be asked later in your application to specify your program choice between CAMPUS BASE 2 Year and 3 Year or MSW Hybrid Online Program. Should you choose MSW Hybrid Program, you will be required to answer additional supplemental questions.


The MSW Program Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant on the basis of all submitted materials and information.  Because admission into the MSW Program is competitive and enrollment space is limited, qualified applicants may not be offered a letter of admission but can opt to be placed on a waiting list. Students will be notified of offers of admission from the department and university. Formal enrollment materials will come from the University and information about orientation and classes will come from the department.

Questions?  Please contact our MSW Program Department at  or (209) 667-3091.

Mission Statement

The Master of Social Work Program at California State University, Stanislaus prepares social workers to advance social justice. This education is committed to social change based on an analysis of social, political and economic structures and their impact. This teaching and learning environment enables faculty, students and graduates to collaborate with others to transform the conditions which contribute to privilege and oppression. Graduates are prepared to use an advanced integrative practice approach to work with individuals, families and communities to promote personal and collective liberation.

The Master of Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Admission to the MSW program is based on meeting the general University requirements, plus an evaluation of the applicant's potential for advanced practice in the profession of social work. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students are admitted to the Hybrid program in the Fall semester only.

University Eligibility

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A grade point average of 2.5 or better in the last 60 units is required.
  • Good standing at the last college or university attended.
  • Completed online University application for admission.
  • Paid application fee.
  • Official copies of transcripts for all previous college work.
    • Stan State Alumni, who have not attended elsewhere since graduation, do not need to submit new transcripts.

Send official transcripts to:

  • California State University, Stanislaus
    Mary Stuart Rogers Building, Room 180
    One University Circle
    Turlock, California 95382


MSW Application Requirements

  • Complete University Graduate School requirements and online application. Grad School application
  • GPA of 2.5 required; 3.0 in the last 60 units preferred.
  • Liberal arts background demonstrated by having met the CSU undergraduate general education requirements or a comparable course of study.
  • Academic background including instruction in the behavioral and biological sciences related to the human condition.
  • Autobiographical statement (see below for details).
  • Criminal Records Statement (required later in the admissions process if selected for admission or waitlist position).
  • Voluntary and/or paid experience in human services.
  • Resume or vitae.
  • A minimum of three academic and/or professional references from individuals who can address qualifications for graduate study in social work, academic readiness, and work performance and proficiency.
  • It is recommended that applicants be computer literate and have reliable internet access.

Autobiographical Statement

This autobiographical statement should reflect your experience in light of the MSW Program mission statement, should be typewritten (1200-1500 words), and should enable the Admissions Committee to know something of you as a person, your writing ability, your understanding of social work, and your own life experiences.

Please address each of the following in your autobiographical statement:

  1. Describe what you imagine yourself doing with an MSW degree.
  2. Explain your development of interest in becoming a social worker. If this is a change in occupation, indicate the reasons for the change.
  3. Describe your background and life experiences that were of value in preparing you for entry into professional social work.
  4. Describe any paid and/or volunteer social work experiences.
  5. Explain how you have prepared yourself for the rigors of this graduate program.
  6. Explain your ideas related to social justice.
  7. Explain what you have learned in your experiences with diverse populations.
  8. Having read the MSW Program’s Mission Statement (top of page), describe how your education and professional goals fit with the MSW Program’s Mission Statement.
  9. Explain your interest in an accelerated Hybrid program.
  10. Please describe any online or hybrid courses you have taken. Please include  information about the technology you have used in participating online or in submitting assignments. Also include a brief discussion of the strengths and areas of challenge you experienced in these online courses.
  11. If you have not taken an online course, please include a brief description of how you have prepared yourself for participating in an online program. Please include information about any special courses you have taken to familiarize yourself with online education and the technologies used in online education. Also include a brief discussion of the strengths and challenges you anticipate experiencing in an online/hybrid program format.

It is recommended that applicants complete a course in statistics and be computer literate.

It must be emphasized that meeting the above academic requirements alone does not guarantee admission to the MSW Hybrid program. Applicants are accepted or denied on the basis of their academic preparation, breadth of background and experience, and evidence of promise in the field of social work. In addition to being academically qualified, applicants should be emotionally mature, interested in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and capable of assuming the heavy responsibilities which are inherent in professional social work practice. 

*Applicants may only apply to either the Turlock campus based program OR the Hybrid Program in Stockton. You cannot apply to both*

The MSW Program Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant on the basis of all submitted materials and information.  Because admission into the MSW Hybrid Program is competitive and enrollment space is limited, qualified applicants may not be offered a letter of admission but can opt to be placed on a waiting list.