Social Work


"The MSW degree at SJSU helped me move on to an executive role at an organization to put into practice what I have learned."
Ruben Chavez,
2009 Graduate

Program Snapshot: 60 units to degree, 14 total courses, $28,500 for degree, online courses, Fall Admission. (Fees are subject to review & change)

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Man and Woman

The Master of Social Work degree opens up new career opportunities for working professionals and recent graduates looking for a new career path. Whether you are in a field related to social work or are a liberal arts graduate looking for a career helping people, the SJSU MSW degree is a great option.

This highly flexible hybrid program enables students to complete the graduate degree in two years and one summer while working and without having to attend campus or offsite lectures.

The courses offered are fully online for 10 weeks each along with an in-person fieldwork/practicum component that can be accomplished near to where you live or work. Courses are offered in intensive sessions on evenings and weekends so as not to interfere with work schedules. Students are expected to spend at least 45 hours per three-unit course in course time and study.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social workers is growing and the employment of social workers is higher than the average for all occupations. See "Career Opportunities" for more details

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Program Features

  1. Built for Working Professionals
    The program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals with all courses delivered online with a nearby field practicum.
  2. Outstanding Faculty
    Faculty actively collaborates with various California agencies to engage in community-based research.
  3. Transcultural Perspective
    Graduates of this program are committed to enhancing the well-being of diverse communities and advocating for social justice.

Your Career Opportunities

The Master of Social Work degree prepares you for multiple job opportunities such as social work teacher, medical social worker, community program administrator, school counselor, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, substance abuse counselor and many more.

Social Workers have multiple job titles:

  • Child and family social workers
  • Clinical social workers
  • School social workers
  • Healthcare social workers
  • Geriatric social workers
  • Hospice and palliative care social workers
  • Medical social workers


Applying to the Program


Formal admission is required for the program. You can apply for admission to the fall semester.



Admission Requirements

  • A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 units attempted
  • An English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) is required if a student's baccalaureate was earned outside of the US. Applicants must satisfy the university minimum requirements.
  • Applicants must have a foundation in the liberal arts achieved through general education with preferred majors in the social sciences. Academic achievement is measured by grades in courses undertaken after the first two years of undergraduate study.
  • Applicants must also show evidence of volunteer or paid work in health and human services.
  • Personal statements and writing samples must also show a commitment to working in the field of social work.
Please visit the School of Social Work for full details.

For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit