Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing in Downtown LA

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Program Description

The Master of Social Work, Advanced Standing (MSW-ASP) program in Downtown Los Angeles 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. 

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 and allows them to complete their degree in one year. Cal State LA’s program starts with a Summer Term with one three-unit course. Following the successful completion of the summer term, 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. Please watch this brief MSW-ASP video.

Read MSW-ASP Kimberly Medina's story here.

View the MSW ASP Information Sheet here.

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Who Should Enroll?

  • Students who have earned their undergraduate degree in the field of Social Work from an accredited school of social work within the past 5-years 
  • Individuals interested in advanced and specialized social work practice


Register to view/listen to a live OR prerecorded Master of Social Work (ASP) program webinar here.

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Unit $525
Total Program Cost* $17,325
*Please note that student health insurance, textbooks, parking permits, housing, and other related expenses are not included.

Financial Assistance 

Learn more about financial assistance opportunities here.


Please read about Graduate Application and Admission.

Read about International Graduate Application and Admission.

A Cal State LA School of Social Work faculty committee will make admission decisions. To be admitted to the Cal State LA MSW ASP program, applicants must meet the admission requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited college or university (completed with the last 5 years)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Personal statement using School of Social Work writing prompt
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) reference forms -- one from each of the following:
      - Academic (A)
      - Integrative Seminar Instructor (F)
      - Field Instructor from your BASW internship (F)
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college and university attended

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

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.

Program Curriculum

View the MSW-ASP curriculum here.*

*Program curriculum is subject to change and requires University approval.

To Apply/Application Deadline

Summer 2022 Start:

Master of Social Work, Advanced Standing Program 

Online Application: Opens October 1, 2021

Application Deadline:
January 14, 2022

Transcript Deadline:
February 4, 2022

To apply, use Cal State Apply here.

Learn how to use Cal State Apply here.


Please submit all Official Transcripts by February 4, 2022, to:
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
al State LA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032