School of Social Work

Master's Degree in Social Work

Want to learn more about the MSW at CSU?

At this time, we encourage all students to apply for admission for a May or August 2018 start date. The School of Social Work will be hosting admissions information sessions monthly. The next information sessions will be held:

Date Time Location
Tuesday March 27 12noon-1pm SC 313
Tuesday April 24 12noon-1pm SC 313
Friday June 1 12noon-1pm RT 14 floor, CR
Monday June 18 12noon-1pm RT 14 floor, CR
Monday June 25 12noon-1pm RT 14 floor, CR
Tuesday July 17 12noon-1pm RT 14 floor, CR
Monday August 6 12noon-1pm RT 14 floor, CR
Tuesday September 24 12noon-1pm RT 14 floor, CR
Tuesday October 23 12noon-1pm RT 14 floor, CR
Thursday November 15 12noon-1pm RT 14 floor, CR
Tuesday December 11 12noon-1pm RT 14 floor, CR

The Program

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The Master of Social Work (MSW) is administered by the School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Cleveland State.

The mission of the Master's Degree in Social Work program is to prepare students for specialized, advanced-level, self-critical, accountable, and autonomous practice with oppressed, at risk, and vulnerable populations. The program provides a rigorous intellectual base, an opportunity for effective skill development, and an educational perspective that views human diversity as desirable and enriching to society. Students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and values appropriate to the social work profession, the conceptual base of professional social work, the broad-based research strategies of the field, and the various social work roles and intervention strategies used in social work practice.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the Cleveland State University graduate college requirements for admission, the joint MSW program requires of all applicants:

(a) an undergraduate major in social work or a related field;
(b) a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in social work and behavioral sciences courses taken prior to application for admission;
(c) a minimum of 8 courses in this area;
(d) three letters of reference;
(e) an essay of 3 to 5 typed pages explaining;

  1. why the applicant wants to be/is a social worker;
  2. why a graduate degree is felt to be necessary to fulfill personal or professional objectives;
  3. the applicant's views regarding diversity in society;
  4. a situation in which the student was the recipient/provider of help, emotionally, socially, or economically; and
  5. a description of previous social work/human service work experience.

Application deadline is February 28

Program Requirements

The Traditional MSW Program requires 60 graduate credits of approved courses in social work. The Advanced Standing Program requires 30 credits.

MSW Field Manual

The MSW Field Manual is available to download in two formats.

Contact Information

Cleveland State University
School of Social Work
2121 Euclid Avenue, Rhodes Tower, 1417
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: 216-687-4560
Fax: 216-687-5590