Program Overview


The MSW Hybrid Program is a 60-unit, 24-month fully-accredited degree program focusing on socially-just clinical social work practice. Students develop core social work practice competencies with a specialization in integrative clinical practice in health and behavioral health settings. The curriculum is delivered in a hybrid format with most coursework completed online and in-person class sessions one Saturday per month. Field practicum courses are scheduled in the summer. Advancing social justice and enhancing individual and community well-being are primary program goals.

Mission Statement

The Master of Social Work Program at California State University, Stanislaus prepares social workers to advance social justice. This education is committed to social change based on an analysis of social, political, and economic structures and their impact. This teaching and learning environment enables faculty, students, and graduates to collaborate with others to transform the conditions which contribute to privilege and oppression. Graduates are prepared to use an advanced integrative practice approach to work with individuals, families, and communities to promote personal and collective liberation.

Who Should Attend?

The MSW Hybrid Program is designed for California-based social service professionals and other individuals unable to travel to the on-campus program who are interested in advancing their education and professional careers in social work. The program focuses on preparing graduates to use an integrative clinical practice approach to work with individuals, families, and communities and to meet the social service workforce needs of the central California region.

Accelerated Program

The MSW Hybrid Program is designed to be completed in 24 months while employment is maintained. Courses are scheduled in eight-week sessions with only two courses taken at a time. Students take classes online and meet in-person one Saturday per month. Field internships are completed in the summer.

Socially-Just Clinical Practice Curriculum

Students focus on developing core competencies related to professional social work practice. The advanced curriculum prepares graduates to use an integrative clinical practice approach to engage in socially-just clinical practice. Students take courses in practice, policy, research, and human behavior. Direct social work practice courses are included in every academic session. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Summer Block Placements

Students will be in a field internship full-time (40 hours per week) for 3 months during the summer during both years of graduate study. Internship sites are located primarily in the central California region. Students work directly with agency field instructors and MSW faculty to enhance their competency-based skills in direct social work practice. It is not expected that students will be able to work during the placement period, and students who are currently employed should make arrangements in advance with their employers in order to be available to complete the summer placements on a full-time basis.


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