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Master of Social Work @ Antelope Valley

A life-altering master's degree for the greater good

Challenging, yet rewarding. The sentiment that often describes the everyday duties of a social worker also describes what it takes to begin or advance a career in social work. CSU Bakersfield Antelope Valley (AV) Master of Social Work (MSW) graduates are prepared to work with individuals, families, and groups - large and small - across a wide swath of professional fields, including mental health, physical health, child and family services, gerontology, corrections, youth services, and more.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for social workers will grow by 16 percent - or nearly 110,000 workers - through the year 2026.

The CSUB-AV MSW program uses the advanced-generalist curriculum model, which prepares graduates to perform a variety of roles across micro, mid-level, and macro levels of practice.

The CSUB-AV MSW is a hybrid program, utilizing a mix of online and in-person courses at the AV campus in Lancaster, CA. The MSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

At A Glance



Completion Time

3 Years (Cohort)

Cost Per Credit



Antelope Valley Campus


Hybrid: In-person and online

Admission Cycles

Fall semester only

Next Application Deadline

June 14, 2018

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree with liberal arts foundation
Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
GRE exam*

* Only analytical writing portion considered - students can be conditionally admitted without GRE. See Admissions Requirements for additional details.