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Social Work, MSW

Be an agent of change in your community by earning your MSW degree online or in person from California Baptist University. Acquire strong interpersonal skills and a rich understanding of social work history and best practices to make a lasting impact on those around you. 

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Build a Stronger Community Through Evidence-Based Practice 

As a professional social worker, you are committed to enhancing human well-being and helping those in need, especially vulnerable, marginalized populations. The Master of Social Work degree program at California Baptist University offers evidence-based training, advanced professional development and transformative hands-on learning experiences that empower you to serve communities both locally and globally.

2 Years

*1 year for advanced standing students

60 Units

*30 units for advanced standing students

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900 Hours of Field Work

*500 field work hours for advanced standing students

Why Earn Your Master of Social Work at CBU?

CBU’s MSW degree program empowers you with the necessary training, hands-on experience and mentorship you need to champion social change, equity and well-being for all. 

Receive Personalized Mentorship: Mentorship is a hallmark feature of our MSW program. Upon enrollment, we assign you a faculty mentor who models social work values, professionalism and the Christian faith. They help you navigate your academic journey and play a pivotal role in creating relationships with professionals in the human services field.

Put Your Skills Into Practice During Field Work: To instill strong community connections and community service, the MSW degree requires you to complete 900 hours of field work serving marginalized populations throughout the Inland Empire, including school districts, foster care agencies and inmate services. From helping with Riverside County’s Adoption Day to collecting and delivering coats for vulnerable children to serving as table facilitators at the Mayor’s Faith Summit, as an MSW student, you gain valuable experience helping your community.

Conduct Influential Research: The MSW program is committed to producing relevant and significant social work research aimed at enhancing the field. For your research projects, you are encouraged to partner with community organizations (such as nonprofits and social service agencies) to produce needed research to aid in analyzing data, raising funds, identifying and addressing service gaps and directing new community programming.

Apply for Advanced Standing: If you have earned a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited university, you may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing into CBU’s MSW program. If admitted, you can complete your MSW in 30 units and only need to complete 500 field work hours. For more information, review the Advanced Standing MSW application requirements.

Integrate Faith With Social Work: Our master’s in social work program empowers you to grow in your faith as you work to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities in need. In so doing, we follow the command of Jesus in Matthew 25:35–40. During your time in the program, you keep a faith journey journal to reflect on the interaction of your faith and the field and to privately share your thoughts and dialogue with your faculty mentor.  

 

What You'll Learn

To equip you for your continued social work practice, learn about:

Program Details

As a CSWE-accredited program, CBU’s MSW degree learning outcomes include:

  • Ethical and professional behavior
  • Engage in diversity and difference
  • Advancing human rights
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
  • Policy practice
  • Engage, assess and evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Faith integration

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Designed as a two-year program, the Master of Social Work is 60 units consisting of:

  • Eight foundation courses
  • Five generalist requirements
  • Nine electives
  • Four practicum requirements

CBU’s Advanced Standing MSW program is 30 units, allowing qualified students to complete their graduate degree in as little as one year. 

In-Person MSW

The traditional Master of Social Work program facilitates in-person learning experiences, where you attend classes on campus, allowing you to forge fulfilling working relationships with peers and professors and experience the fullness of CBU’s campus life.

Online MSW

Our online MSW program upholds the same standard of quality and excellence as our traditional MSW track while offering more flexibility and accommodations for students who are working, balancing family life or have a harder time getting to campus. 

In the online master’s in social work track, you receive the same training, faculty mentorship and hands-on experiences; however, you progress through the coursework remotely and asynchronously. You also are required to complete 900 hours of field work.

Learn more about CBU’s online MSW track.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at California Baptist University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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SWK 515: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

This course presents and critiques theories of human behavior as they relate to mezzo and macro systems, such as family, groups, organizations and communities.

SWK 530: Marginalized Populations

This course addresses what it means to be marginalized and presents information on the history and current status of various vulnerable populations domestically and globally. 

SWK 574: Social Work with Survivors of Human Trafficking

This course provides an in-depth look at human trafficking and other forms of modern-day slavery in the United States and around the world.

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The cost of the MSW program is $798 per unit plus additional fees. View additional cost of attendance and fees.

Liza Arellano, DSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW) Program Director
Division of Social Work Accreditation Coordinator

Office Phone: 951-552-8409
E-mail: larellano@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 140

Kendra Flores-Carter, D.S.W.

Associate Professor of Social Work
Co-Director, Center for Community Engagement and Social Innovation (CESI)
Co-Chair, Global Engagement Committee

Office Phone: 951-552-8198
E-mail: kflores@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Complex Room 271

Lizbeth Gaona, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Phone: 951-343-4440
E-mail: lgaona@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 286

Krystal Hays, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Work
Program Director, Doctor of Social Work

Office Phone: 951-552-8145
E-mail: khays@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 132

Viola Lindsey, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Work

Office Phone: 951-552-8958
E-mail: vlindsey@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James , Room 274

Antonio Mejico Jr., Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Associate Dean for Academic Services, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Director of The Center for Community Engagement and Social Innovation

Office Phone: 951-552-8949
E-mail: amejico@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 114

Applicants interested in CBU’s MSW program must submit the following application materials:

  • California Baptist University application (including a nonrefundable $45 application fee).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Prerequisites (earning a C or better):
    • Statistics
  • A personal essay of three to four pages. 

Application requirements differ for the standard MSW degree and the Advanced Standing MSW program.

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Darby Foster

The social work program at CBU is what lit the fire underneath me to improve access to care for marginalized populations and people without socioeconomic means.

Darby Foster, 2022

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Student Opportunities: Put Your Skills Into Practice During Field Work

To instill strong community connections and community service, the MSW degree requires you to complete 900 hours of field work serving marginalized populations throughout the Inland Empire, including school districts, foster care agencies and inmate services. From helping with Riverside County’s Adoption Day to collecting and delivering coats for vulnerable children to serving as table facilitators at the Mayor’s Faith Summit, as an MSW student, you gain valuable experience helping your community.

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Student Opportunities: Receive Personalized Mentorship

Mentorship is a hallmark feature of our MSW program. Upon enrollment, we assign you a faculty mentor who models social work values, professionalism and the Christian faith. They help you navigate your academic journey and play a pivotal role in creating relationships with professionals in the human services field.

group sitting around table

Student Opportunities: Conduct Influential Research

The MSW program is committed to producing relevant and significant social work research aimed at enhancing the field. For your capstone research project, you are encouraged to partner with community organizations (such as nonprofits and social service agencies) to produce needed research to aid in analyzing data, raising funds, identifying and addressing service gaps and directing new community programming.

Careers for MSW Graduates

Currently, the demand for social workers exceeds the supply. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the employment of social workers to increase annually by nine percent over the next decade. This translates to about 74,700 job openings each year.

Regarding salary, social workers’ median annual wage is $50,390 but can range from $36,520 to $82,840. Several factors influence social workers’ salaries, including the state of employment, education and experience and the type of facility in which they work. 

Although earning a graduate degree is not required to be a practicing social worker, an MSW gives you a competitive edge, increases your earning potential and enhances the quality of your social work practice. 

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Earn your Master of Social Work (MSW) degree on-campus or online at California Baptist University to transform the lives of individuals and families in your community. To take the next step and pursue your calling, request more information or apply today!