Master of Social Work Program

Please see MSW Roadmap here

The School of Social Work at SF State is a two-year full-time program with fall admissions only. The MSW program has one concentration (area of specialized emphasis): Individuals, Families, and Groups. For detailed information about course requirements and more please visit the MSW Program’s Bulletin page here. ALL MSW courses will be held on Monday and Tuesday for the duration of the day and evening, so plan accordingly. For tuition and fees information see the Bursar’s Office.

Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program: Our program participates in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Project. If interested in working in the field of public child welfare, please select the Title IV-E application option on CalState Apply. For more information about Title IV-E please refer to the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) website.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC): Our program offers the PPSC for students interested in working in the public school setting. For more information see the Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

ALL BASW courses will be held on Wednesday and Thursday for the duration of the day and evening, so plan accordingly. For detailed information about course requirements and more please visit the BASW Program’s Bulletin page here.

Please see BASW Roadmap here

Program Scope

The School of Social Work responds to the needs and aspirations of various at-risk populations in the San Francisco Bay Area and similar urban communities. The program aims to educate undergraduate students for generalist social work practice in a variety of social-service settings, and teach students to serve as change agents with urban, oppressed populations, while enabling members of these populations to act on their own behalf. Our graduates provide direct services to people in need and, as administrators and organizers of social service agencies, make services more accessible and responsive to the communities they serve.

The mission of the School of Social Work is to provide educational foundations that promote just and secure communities, societies and global networks. It serves to educate human service providers for versatile, creative, and culturally sensitive practice in multiple settings and involving diverse populations. The School of Social Work promotes leadership, scholarship, activism, and change to achieve equity and social justice.

Our teaching incorporates a comprehensive range of knowledge, values, skills and experiences for social work practice at all levels of intervention. The outcome is to provide learning experiences that will instill critical consciousness and inspire students to become advocates for economic and social justice. The BASW Program at San Francisco State University is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

To enter the BASW program, which is currently impacted, applicants must submit an additional admissions application to the School of Social Work. In addition, students must have completed Lower Division General Education requirements or their equivalent at another college, and have junior standing at the university. Before enrolling in Social Work courses, students are also required to have completed, with a grade of C- or better, introductory courses in human biology, macro economics, psychology and sociology. Freshmen and sophomores should consult with the university’s Undergraduate Advising Center before enrolling in courses which fulfill General Education requirements.

The BASW curriculum emphasizes the integration of knowledge, values and skills. Commitment to professional values and ethics, to participate in constructive change, to support the right to self-determination, and to respect people’s capacity to learn and grow are integrated throughout the program. Students are expected to develop a spirit of inquiry and to achieve a critical posture toward the social situation, the functioning of the profession, and of social agencies and their own performance.

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Career Outlook

Students who complete the undergraduate social work major are prepared for graduate study in accredited schools of social work and social welfare; and other helping professions, and professional or graduate training in related fields such as law, public administration, public health, mental health, nursing, health education, and psychology; and for entry level professional positions in both public and private social welfare agencies. Examples of these agencies include local departments of social services, hospitals and community mental health facilities; child care programs, services for the aged, drug and alcohol treatment programs, family service agencies; and community, neighborhood and advocacy organizations. The major provides students with an opportunity to apply social science theories and social work knowledge and skills in a comprehensive field work placement during their senior year.