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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.

MSW Writing Proficiency Exam – Additional Date – March 9th

Interested MSW applicants for the Fall 2024 cohort are required to complete the MSW Writing Proficiency Exam. An additional exam date has been announced – Saturday, March 9th at 10 a.m.

See the exam registration page for additional details. 


At A Glance

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    Average Completion Time3 years (cohort)

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    Cost$620 per credit

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    LocationAntelope Valley Campus

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    ModalityHybrid: In-person and online

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    Admission CycleBi-annually: fall semester only

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    Next Application DeadlineFall 2024: March 1, 2024

Program Details

Fall 2024 Virtual Information Session (December 7th)

How to Apply & Upcoming Deadlines

The CSUB-AV Master of Social Work admissions committee takes a holistic approach to admission decisions. Acceptance into the CSUB-AV MSW program is based on the candidate’s potential for academic and professional success, as determined by the committee.

Application to the CSUB-AV Master of Social Work program requires the following:

  • Completed paper-based application - available here

  • One official hard-copy (unopened) or digital transcript from all colleges attended. Digital transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to Any transcript from a college / university outside of the United States will require a course-by-course analysis from a transcript evaluation services such as World Education Services (WES). See WES website for more detailsNote: If you received your bachelor's degree from CSU Bakersfield, skip this step. You'll be contacted if any further transcripts are required. 

  • Three professional references (instructions included in application checklist)

  • Current professional resume

  • Statement of purpose

  • Employment / Volunteer verification letter(s) (instructions included in application checklist)

  • Signed MSW Technology Contract (included with application)

  • MSW Writing Proficiency Exam (exam details and registration)

  • $70 application / evaluation fee

All materials should be submitted to:

CSU Bakersfield Extended Education
9001 Stockdale Highway – 30 BDC
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Application Deadlines

Fall 2024 Admission:
March 1, 2024

Note: This is a three-year cohort-based program. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester of even academic years (2022, 2024, 2026, etc.).

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