Master of Social Work
California State University-Northridge

Program Details

California State University at Northridge offers a Master of Social Work degree for students and professionals in social care and counseling who are interested in careers in social services with working with families, children, groups, and couples. Students will develop their knowledge and utilize their experience and training to prepare for advanced roles as a social worker or counselor, among other roles that necessitate advanced and specialized knowledge of human relationships, psychology, and development. Students will study contemporary issues related to the development of individuals and families as they relate to their social work, in addition to statistical information on social work and studies of psychological effects of social care.

Successful graduates should be able to exhibit understanding of the role that human services leaders play in promoting social change and advocacy for individuals, families, and communities in need, to interpret and apply human services research to inform the practice of human services delivery systems, and to synthesize findings from research to develop culturally and contextually relevant interventions and direct services.

In addition, their qualifications must also include the ability to use knowledge of formal and informal networks in the development and evaluation of human services delivery systems, to apply legal and ethical standards in the administration and delivery of human services systems, and to discuss how personal values and attitudes affect leadership, planning, and advocacy activities.


Have earned a baccalaureate degree in Sociology, Psychology, the liberal arts or similar program, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Have post-baccalaureate work experience. Demonstrate evidence of personal maturity, including the ability to withstand difficult emotional challenges, a commitment to interpersonal processing within the parameters of cultural expectations, respect for others and for their life decisions, a readiness to learn advanced clinical and macro practice and research skills, a commitment to social justice and to the profession's Code of Ethics, and a capacity for flexibility and creativity.

Special Accreditation

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

School Accreditation Statement

WASC Senior College and University Commission