Master of Social Work

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Our two-year Master of Social Work (MSW) hybrid program offers online classes with an in-person internship component. Two years of continuous enrollment and completion of 60 units is required for this degree.

Enjoy the flexibility of the hybrid option that allows you to study from home while interning in-person at an agency local to your home in California. The two-year hybrid MSW program consists of two to four classes per session, including a strong internship component that runs concurrently in the Fall and Spring sessions. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 16 hours per week for internship.

The School of Social Work's mission at SJSU is a commitment to advocating for social justice and enhancing the well-being of individuals and communities.

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*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Features

Transcultural perspective

Our transcultural perspective is infused in our curriculum. This diverse learning helps us be more self-aware, recognize power and privilege and work within our community as learners.

Empowering work opportunities

The MSW curriculum prepares you with specialized skill sets to work with minority groups and those in need.

CSWE accredited

Our MSW program has been accredited continuously by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1973. This accreditation helps guide our program through core competencies.

School of Social Work ranking

SJSU is #5 in College Factual’s 2024 Best Social Work Schools in California.

Career Opportunities

  • As a social worker you have many options in your career and can explore many job opportunities. Some jobs to consider are:
    • child and family social worker
    • clinical social worker
    • school social worker
    • healthcare social worker
    • hospice and palliative care social worker
    • medical social worker
  • If you are interested in a career in social work but unsure of where to take your advanced career, has put together a list of the 50 fastest-growing careers in social work.

“As a full-time employee, this program was very convenient and fitting to my schedule, and it allowed me to obtain my degree and still be a working adult.”

Victoria Jones
MSW Alumni

Apply To The Program

Learn more about how to apply below.

  • Admission Requirements
    • A four-year bachelor's degree with a foundation in liberal arts, humanities, or social science and a GPA of at least 2.5
    • Applicants must have significant volunteer, internship, and/or paid work experience with underserved communities.
    • Personal statements and writing samples must show a commitment to working in the field of social work.
    • An English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) is required if a student's baccalaureate was earned outside of the US. For more information visit the graduate admissions site.

    For more information and how to apply visit the program site.

    *Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Currently, the MSW program is only accepting students residing in California. If admitted, students must be able to study and do their internships in California.

  • How to Apply

    The application process for the MSW program requires submitting two applications, one to SJSU through Cal State Apply, and one to the School of Social Work through the MSW Program Application Portal, available in Fall.

    Please visit the program site for information on how to apply.

  • Application Deadlines

    Fall 2025

    • Application is expected to open in October 2024.
    • Application deadline
      December 1, 2024*

    *These dates are not final and are subject to change.

  • FAQs

    For FAQs related to the application process, visit the MSW admission page
    For FAQs related to the hybrid program, visit the MSW program page


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