How to Apply
Accepting Applications for Fall 2015!
Applications for the Fall 2015 cohort are accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full.
A complete Application to the MSW program includes:
- An Application Form
- Three (3) current letters of reference
- Official transcripts from every college or university attended
- A Personal Statement
- A resume
Applying to the MSW program is a three step process. Please follow the steps below and use the MSW Graduate Application Checklist to ensure that you complete all parts of the application process.
Application Step #1: Complete Online Application
All prospective students are required to submit a MSW Program Application using the link below. Once you have submitted the application on-line, you will receive a prompt to pay a non-refundable $105.00 application fee. You should receive both an email confirming your application submission and your payment.
After your MSW Program Application is received, an individualized advising worksheet will be created to help you track and successfully complete all parts of the application. The worksheet will list items in the application packet that the University has received, and items still outstanding.
If you are accepted into this program, you will be asked to pay a $150.00 "intent to enroll" fee. This non-refundable deposit will be credited towards your first semester's fees.
Application Step #2: Additional Materials Sent
A completed application packet includes three letters of reference (either two academic and one professional, or two professional and one academic reference). Academic letters of reference come from professors. Professional letters come from individuals who have supervised your paid or volunteer work experience. Note: Personal references (e.g. friends, colleagues) will not be considered. The Reference Form below must be used for all individuals who provide a reference. (If you want to include a letter in addition to the form, attach it to the completed form. Do not substitute a letter for the Reference Form.)
Note about Transcripts: We recommend that official hard copy transcripts be sent directly from the institution to the student's home. Once you have compiled all official hard copy transcripts, please mail or deliver them in one envelope to Extended Learning at the address listed below. Do not open the transcripts or they will be deemed "unofficial".
Send official, hard copy transcripts to:
California State University San Marcos
333 S.Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Please carefully follow the instructions provided in the personal statement when writing your 6 - 8 page response. You must answer each question to be considered for admission.
Provide a resume that lists all of your work experience. Thoroughly substantiate all volunteer, internship, or other paid or unpaid work experience in social work or human services positions, preferably demonstrating 500 or more total hours of service.
International Student Admissions Requirements
For Extended Learning degree programs, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. Foreign students must submit academic records/transcripts from all foreign institutions they have attended. If the records are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. You must send your foreign transcripts to be evaluated by one of eight CSUSM-approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies. Both the evaluation and the original foreign transcript must be submitted to Extended Learning.
International students, please note: If you have an F-1 visa, you are only eligible to enroll in the full-time MSW program (F-1 visas require full time student status.) Non-F-1 visa holders, who do not need an I-20 document for their status (e.g. H-1 and E-1), are eligible for the part time MSW program.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The California State University system requires that foreign applicants demonstrate English language competency if they have not attended a secondary level (or higher) educational institution where English is the principal language of instruction for a least three years.
Most frequently, students document English language competence via results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test is available in three scoring formats: paper-based, computer-based, and Internet-based.
CSU minimum scores for each TOEFL format are provided below:
The MSW program accepts applications on a rolling basis; applications are reviewed as they are received. This means the earlier you submit your completed application, the more likely you are to be accepted into the program track (2 or 3 year) and concentration (children, youth, and families or behavior health) you prefer. Applications are currently being accepted!
NOTE: For International applicants (i.e., applicants with transcripts from colleges and universities outside the USA) the admissions deadline is May 1st. All documents from international applicants must be received by May 1.
Application Process Step #3: Application to Cal State San Marcos
DO NOT apply to the University until you have been accepted by the Social Work Department!