MSW Program Admissions

MSW Fall 2021 Admissions

Application opens October 1st 2020 on CalState Apply

You may apply for one of two areas of MSW program emphasis:
  • IFG (Individuals, Families and Groups)

  • Title IV-E MSW Program

* All applications for the MSW program are reviewed with regard to admission for the Individuals, Families, and Groups emphasis. Individuals choosing to apply for the Title IV-E program must submit supplemental information specified in CalState Apply. In the event that an applicant is not selected for the Title IV-E Stipend program, their application is still considered for admission to the IFG emphasis.

MSW Application documents and requirements:

Resume Template 

Applicant Instructions for Three Required References

Required MSW Reference Form

For assistance with Personal statement prompt please click here

MSW Program Application Expectations

  • Admission to the MSW program requires that you have earned a baccalaureate degree from a college or university that has been accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association.
  • Must have a GPA at or above 3.0 in undergraduate degree or in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units completed

  • International Applicants must submit TOEFL scores. (For applicants who previously obtained either a Bachelor's or Master's from an US institution this requirement is waived)
  • Volunteer experience is not required but is a plus.
  • GRE is not required.


MSW Program Information

If you received your baccalaureate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the School of Social Work will review your transcript to determine courses that you should not repeat and therefore those courses will be waived. Additional courses/electives will need to replace those classes waived. The total required credit count for graduation is 60 credits/units.

The SF State School of Social Work does not grant course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

Please see MSW Roadmap here

MSW Program Application Process

Please note: The MSW Program online application process has been simplified into a single application for SFSU Graduate Studies and the School of Social Work. Please note: CSUMentor has been replaced by CalState Apply.

  • Apply to SFSU through CalState Apply 
  • Application opens October 1, 2020
  • MSW Application and all other required supplemental supporting documents are due no later than: January 03, 2021 before 11:59 EST, 8:59 PST

All documents and questions related to the MSW program are located in the Program Materials section of the application. Each tab of Program Materials has detailed instructions on how to complete that section. Read all instructions very carefully before completing documentation. For detailed instructions about the CalState Apply application process, please read our Tips for CalState Apply and go to the Graduate Studies Website   


If you are interested in learning more about the profession of social work and all of the possibilities that the degree has to offer, please click on any of the links below.

National Association of Social Workers

California Chapter of NASW

Occupational Outlook: Social Workers