Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at California State University San Marcos embraces holistic and innovative strategies that support health and well-being; promotes regional partnerships that strengthen and advance communties; fosters diversity from both an individual and collective conscience; and addresses social, economic, and distributive injustices.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Social Work program at California State University San Marcos is to provide an academic and professional education of the highest quality to students seeking to become committed social work professionals engaged in direct social work practice in culturally, economically, and socially diverse rural and urban environments, especially in San Diego and Riverside Counties and the Southern California region. The program’s concentrations focus on serving the needs of children, youth, and families, and caring for the behavioral health needs of individuals and families in our communities. Working primarily in public, private, and nonprofit agencies, graduates help culturally-diverse individuals, families, organizations, and communities recognize their strengths, access needed resources, and empower themselves to reach their goals and potential.

Program Goals

  1. To provide social work practitioners equipped with relevant research, knowledge, skills, and ethical values to meet diverse social service needs in San Diego and Riverside Counties. (Educational Policy 1.1);
  2. To prepare students for evidence-based practice in private, public, and nonprofit organizations responding to social problems inclusive of poverty, mental illness, child abuse, and family instability. (Educational Policy 1.0) ;
  3. To provide practitioners who have prevention and intervention skills to assist individuals, families, and groups in achieving life goals and resolving distress. (Educational Policy 1.0);
  4. To prepare students who understand the impact of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression and discrimination, and have the skills to address the social problems resulting from these forms of oppression. (Educational Policy 1.2);
  5. To prepare students who understand the role that economic, political, and various social systems contribute to social and economic justice and injustice. (Educational Policy 1.2);
  6. To provide practitioners who are effective change agents committed to social justice and life-long learning in increasingly complex, culturally, economically, racially, and socially diverse communities. (Educational Policy 1.1, Educational Policy 1.2).


Admission Requirements

List of MSW Courses

Program Costs

How to Apply


For more information about the MSW program, please visit Extended Learning website.