Dr. Evaon WOng Kim, School of Social Work Director

Evaon Wong-Kim, MSW, MPH, LCSW, Ph.D.

Director’s Message


Welcome to the Cal State LA School of Social Work!


The School of Social Work offers a Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW). In addition to 2-year and 3-year master programs, the School of Social Work also offers a Master’s in Social Work Advanced Standing Program (ASP) in Cal State LA’s downtown campus. This is a one-year program starting in July and students will graduate in the following May. To be considered for the ASP student must have completed their BSW or BASW degree.  In all levels of programs, our focus is to train urban generalist social workers. Our field education is also a core component in our programs, which enables our students to integrate their classroom learning into social work practice. Our undergraduate students have been building their field experience in a wide range of social work fields including school districts, hospitals, victim services, child welfare agencies, housing agencies, and other community-based agencies.


We are proud to be ranked #9 amongst the best graduate schools offering Master of Social Work degrees based on median early-career salary data by the U.S. Department of Education and Grad Reports in 2019. We are also ranked #59 amongst the School of Social Work that offers graduate programs by the US News and World Report. Our faculty works hard to stay abreast of the research and emerging trends in social work practice to enhance their teaching and better serve our students.


As Cal State LA's slogan, “We are LA.” We are located in the second-largest city in the U.S. Cal State LA’s social work program focuses on educating urban generalist social workers. The urban generalist is a practitioner who engages in a strengths-based social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The practitioner understands the urban and inner-city context and the social issues that impact individuals, families, groups, and communities.  We train social workers to advocate for social justice, serve those who are facing poverty, who understand the meaning of multiculturalism, and the importance of reliance on family and community-based resources. This practitioner can work at multiple system levels and is skilled at cross-cultural practice. The goals, objectives, and curriculum emphasize themes of advocacy, social justice, diversity, community-based services, and cultural humility. The urban generalist is committed to promoting access to the resources and opportunities necessary to serve poor, vulnerable, under-served, and oppressed populations to further their well-being and promote social justice. This is one of the fastest-growing majors at Cal State LA.


I hope this brief introduction has sparked your interest in joining the Cal State LA School of Social Work. Come grow with us. 


Sincerely yours,


Evaon Wong-Kim, MSW, MPH, LCSW, PhD

Interim Director


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