The School offers the Bachelor's of Arts in Social Work and a Master's in Social Work. Housed in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, the school is one of four schools and seven departments. Many of these programs engage in interdisciplinary efforts that benefit both students and faculty.

A unique feature of the School of Social Work at San José State University is its commitment to using and promoting a transcultural perspective throughout its curriculum. This perspective honors the strengths of diverse cultures, enhances the well-being of individuals and families, and advocates for social and economic justice.

Related to the School's commitment to the transcultural perspective, it is very committed to offering global experiences at the local and international levels. Many different kinds of  internships are located in a variety of communities throughout the Bay Area that serve diverse populations. In addition, the School offers educational experiences in various parts of the world.

The faculty is actively engaged in scholarship and research in an array of areas. A special aspect of these research activities include a community-based approach. Faculty members associate with various agencies in the greater metropolitan area to engage in this form of research. Students participate with faculty and organizations to identify research needs of these institutions, collect and analyze data, and disseminate findings and provide recommendations back to the agencies. Students who engage in these experiences discover the importance of research in solving real problems facing individuals, families, and communities, as well as the organizations that serve them.

Thank you for exploring the School of Social Work. Please review the various programs and opportunities available at the School and the University, and learn more about the various exciting learning experiences that are offered to students.


* Updated Announcements *


* MSW Portal Now Open:


* MSW Application Deadline Extended to February 1, 2017 *
* Campus closed for Winter Break 12/23/16 through 1/2/17 *


Dear Applicants,

The portal is now re-opened.  We apologize for the inconvenience of our MSW Application portal being down. Because of this issue, the MSW Application deadline has been extended to February 1, 2017 with required documents (i.e., recommendation forms) being accepted through February 16, 2017.  This extension is for both the On-Campus and Online MSW Programs.  Offers for admission will be made beginning in March.

Please remember to complete your SJSU-level application through CSU Mentor if you have not yet done so.

For more about the admission propcess, please start here:

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have questions, please contact us at

Peter Allen Lee
Director, School of Social Work


Career Opportunities

Our job application for the Post-Masters PPSC Coordinator is currently closed. Click on this link to find out more information. The deadline to apply was November 11 2017.