Master of Social Work Program

Request for Information


On behalf of the MSW Faculty & Staff,

The Master of Social Work Program at Stanislaus State University is committed to helping end state sanctioned violence that is occurring in our communities and resulting in the loss of life of Black and Brown people. In accordance with our commitment to social justice, the Faculty and Staff of the MSW Program are asking you to join us by participating in a two-day University action that has emerged out of the #ScholarStrike. On September 8th (Tuesday) and 9th (Wednesday), the University and the MSW Program will not hold business as usual. Rather, we are calling on students to join us in a “teach-in”. MSW students are asked to NOT attend field practicum and to NOT attend classes on those two days.

The University will be sponsoring a menu of (virtual) activities intended to create forums for identifying ways to dismantle institutional racism and end state sanctioned violence. The plan for the campus event is to allow members of the University community (faculty, staff, students, and administration) to participate in activities designed to foster change. This campus-wide action is intentionally designed to make a symbolic statement that we will not continue to operate as normal while members of our communities are being killed, but rather that we stand committed to engaging in change efforts.

A link to the events/activities for the two days will be forthcoming and posted here on this webpage.

Master of Social Work Program

  • Admissions: Lucy Mason
  • Department Business: Lucy Mason
  • Advising: Current students should contact their advisor.
  • Title IV-E Program: For placements, please contact your liaison. For checks and other business, please contact Elizabeth Renteria (IV-E Admin. Asst.), Jenell Thompson (IV-E Coordinator), Yvonne Berenguer, or (IV-E Faculty); Viridiana Funes (IV-E Student Rep.)
  • Field: If you are currently a field student, please contact your field liaison. For field questions not related to current placements: Nancy Zamora
  • Hybrid: Katrina Halstead or Shradha Tibrewal
  • Hybrid Field: Nancy Zamora
  • Course information: Contact the Instructor

Instructors email addresses

Full-time Faculty

Banks Sevaughn
Berenguer Yvonne
Bith-Melander Pollie
Brodie Kilolo
Galvin Kathleen
Garcia John
Garcia Maximo
Costa Dawn
Johnson Jennifer
Leyva Valerie
Rousseau Jane
Thompson Jenell
Tibrewal Shradha
Zamora Nancy
Wright Paul

Part-time Faculty

Curran Deally
Gibbs Courtney
Gustafson Constance
Grant Vintrica
Parras Crystal
Perez Salvador
Villasenor Adyolene
Yonker Stacy

Every effort is being made to support you through this difficult and unprecedented time. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We look forward to working with you as we meet this challenge.

Program Information and Admission Application

ONLINE 2021 FALL APPLICATION Period opens October 1.

Applications to be submitted via NEXT ADMISSION DEADLINE - February 1, 2021

Questions regarding the application process may be emailed to

Please note applicants may only apply to either the Turlock stateside program or the hybrid program in Stockton. Applicants cannot apply to both programs.

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.

Program Goals

  1. Prepare professional social workers to engage with diverse populations in a process of critical reflection and action to address oppression and promote social justice.
  2. Prepare professional social workers to engage in the struggle to understand and transform their biases.
  3. Prepare social workers to use an integrative practice framework for multi-system interventions guided by ethics and informed by research.
  4. Prepare professional social workers to assume leadership roles in meeting the social service needs of the region.
  5. Create a learning environment based on principles of social justice where faculty and students participate in the development of knowledge that contributes to improving the social conditions of the region.
  6. Create partnerships with community constituents based on principles of social justice that allow faculty and students to participate, both as leaders and learners, in the development of social work knowledge and service delivery systems.

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 a two-year or three-year program in the Fall semester only.

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.