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FAQs

Is the MSW program accredited?

No.  However, the program has been granted candidacy by CSWE.  (This means that current students will have graduated from an accredited program, once the program is accredited.) 

Is the GRE required?

No.

What is the deadline for submission of my application?

CSUSM's MSW program has rolling admissions, which means that there is no application deadline.  Prospective students are currently submitting applications and receiving decisions for our full and part time fall MSW programs.

Can I work full time and attend this program?

We strongly recommended that MSW students not work full-time while in the MSW program.  In our experience, students often underestimate the amount of time required to be successful in the program.  In addition to coursework, the program requires a field internship of two full days a week (16 hours) in the first year, and 2 1/2 days a week (20 hours) in the second year.  It is almost impossible to meet the rigorous standards of this program if you work full-time.  The three-year program provides a little flexibility in the first year, but has the same field requirements during the second and third year of the program.  Students are urged to make realistic plans for financial support during their time in the program.

Is the MSW program financial aid eligible?

Yes.  For additional information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

How much does the program cost?

Current fees may be found on the Program Costs page.  Please note two things:  1) Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.  2) Full time (2 year) MSW students pay (non-tuition) student fees four times during their program.  Part-time (3 year) students pay (non-tuition) fees eight times during their program.

What are the differences between the full-time (2 year) and part-time (3 year) programs?

The two year, full-time program offers courses during the daytime on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Field internships are held two other days of the week the first year of the program; and 2 1/2 days a week the second year of the program.  Students in the two year program attend school during the fall and spring, and have summers off.

The three year, part-time program offers courses in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Field internships are not held during the first year; however, students are required to be in field two days a week during their second year, and 2 1/2 days during the third year of their program.  Students in the three year program attend school during the fall and spring their first year; and attend year-round (fall, spring, and summer) during the second and third year of their program.