Master of Social Work Advanced Standing in Downtown LA

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Master of Social Work | Advanced Standing

Program Description:
Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Master of Social Work Advanced Standing program prepares graduate students for entry into advanced and specialized social work practice where they will be able to provide effective service to individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Students will emerge prepared to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The Advanced Standing Program facilitates completion of the MSW degree requirements for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work, allowing them to complete their degree in one year. Cal State LA’s program includes a Summer Bridge Program that reviews foundation topics such as values, ethics and methods of practice. Once successfully completed, core content from the first year of the traditional MSW program will be waived and students will be Advanced to Candidacy to begin upper division graduate level coursework aligned with the traditional program curriculum.

Program FAQ's

Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for:

  • Students who have earned their undergraduate degree in the field of Social Work
  • Individuals interested in advanced and specialized social work practice

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Unit $525
Total Program Cost $18,900

Financial Aid

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Applicants to the Master of Social Work Advanced Standing program must complete the following steps in order to be considered for admission:

1) Submit a graduate program application through CSU Mentor.

2) Complete and submit the following materials directly to Cal State LA's School of Social Work:

  • A School of Social Work Supplemental Program Application
  • A personal statement
  • 3- Letters of Recommendation on the Cal State LA Master of Social Work Reference Form (included within the supplemental program application). The reference must include recommendations from one each of the following: A field instructor or field supervisor from BASW internship, an Academic BASW professor, a supervisor
  • A current resume
  • An Unofficial copy of transcripts from all schools attended
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended

F-1 student visas are not available to study in this program.

Only those who have received a BASW degree within the last five years from a CSWE accredited social work program are qualified.

Accepted applicants will begin their program with Summer Bridge coursework prior to the start of their fall semester. Upon successful completion of the Summer Bridge Program, students will continue on to the remaining two semesters of the program (fall and spring) and complete an additional 30 units of coursework.

Important Note: Students pursuing their degree on Cal State LA’s Main Campus may not take courses at Cal State LA Downtown as part of their degree program. Only students admitted to programs offered in Downtown may attend courses at Cal State LA Downtown after paying all required fees. Current Cal State LA students are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA Downtown in addition to their degree, but additional fees will apply. Programs offered at Cal State LA Downtown are not transferable to Cal State LA's Main Campus. Students admitted to a program at Cal State LA Downtown are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA's Main Campus, but an additional application is required.

To Apply/Application Deadline

I. Download and review Step-by-Step application instructions.

II. Apply through CSU Mentor.

III. Submit your Supplemental Program Application.

2017 Program Application Deadline: To Be Announced  


Please submit all Official Transcripts to:

Cal State LA – MSW Advanced Standing
5151 State University Drive, Golden Eagle Room 215
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8619