Master of Social Work
California State University-San Bernardino

Program Details

California State University in San Bernardino offers students a Masters of Social Work through an innovative online learning format. A social work degree is both a profession and academic discipline. Students of the Social Work program should seek to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of poverty stricken or socially oppressed individuals, groups or communities through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, and teaching. 

The School of Social Work offers courses, building on already learned social foundations and academics, while also introducing graduate students to the specialized topics of consideration for furthering careers or maintaining current positions within an agency or organization. The Master of Social Work degree is designed to provide the advanced knowledge and skills of professional social work practitioners. The program follows guidelines set by the Council on Social Work Education, which is the national accrediting body for social work programs.

Students have three learning options for earning the MSW degree; a traditional on-campus, two year program; a traditional, on-campus, four-year program; and the online Pathway Program, allowing students at long distance locations to participate in the program via virtual classrooms. Students are urged to have a comprehensive understanding of social work, a flexible work schedule and appropriate computer software to enroll in the accelerated online MSW program. 

Social workers, as professionals, are organized and placed into environments best suited to foster the most benefit. Social work, as an interdisciplinary academic field, draws theories from economics, education, sociology, medicine, philosophy, politics, anthropology, and psychology. Students are encouraged to focus their studies on an area of social work that will best fit with personal and professional aspirations. The MSW program is divided into three areas of career focus: Social Issues, Client Populations and Field of Practice. Students will only be able to participate in focus areas once the foundational courses have been completed. 

Modern social workers help governments an institutions handle the consequences of social issues, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and discrimination based on age or on physical or mental ability. Professional social workers offer services in areas of case management, counseling and psychotherapy, human services management, social welfare policy analysis, policy and practice development, community organizing, international, social and community development, advocacy, teaching, and social and political research.


  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience either volunteer, internship, or paid in the Social Work field
  • A mandatory, 2-day, on-campus, distance learning orientation program

Special Accreditation

Council on Social Work Education

School Accreditation Statement

WASC Senior College and University Commission