School of Social Work
Masters of Social Work (MSW)
The following is a brief description of the MSW program.
The MSW Programs at SJSU
The On-Campus MSW Program at SJSU was founded in 1969 and was originally designed to educate and train social workers to work with Spanish speaking populations in California. The Online/Hybrid MSW Program was founded in 2016. Both programs are fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. Our curriculum is guided by a transcultural perspective to social work which includes 5 elements: 1) cultural knowledge, 2) cultural competency, 3) power, privilege and oppression, 4) positionality and self-reflexivity, and 5) respectful partnership.
The MSW curriculum prepares students for professional practice that enables them to work competently with Latinos, other minority groups, and those communities, groups, families, and individuals who are disenfranchised, oppressed, and/or marginalized. It is this emphasis on transcultural practice that makes the program unique. This perspective further guides the school’s curriculum such that graduates of the program are committed to enhancing the well-being of individuals and their communities, building upon the strengths of diverse cultures, and advocating for social justice.
On-Campus MSW Programs
In the On-Campus Program, students may choose either the 2-Year/Full-Time program or the 3-Year/Part-Time program.
The 2-Year/Full-Time program provides the opportunity for students to earn a Master of Social Work degree in a timely fashion. Classes and field education ordinarily are concurrent in both years. The first year has a load of 4 classes per semester (cohorts of classes Mondays Fridays or Wednesdays Fridays from morning through the afternoon) and a field course which includes 16 hours of internship per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and field seminars. The second year has a load of 4 classes per semester (Mondays and Tuesdays morning through evening) and a field course including 24 hours of internship per week (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays) and field seminars.
In the 3-Year/Part-Time Program, the foundation year is completed over two years and the third year is equivalent to a full-time final year similar to the 2-Year/Full-Time program plan. Field internship is held in Year 2 and Year 3 of this program. The first year has a load of 2 classes per semester (cohorts of classes Mondays and Wednesdays in the evening) and no internship yet. The second year has a load of 2 classes per semster (cohorts of classes Mondays and Wednesdays in the evening) and a field course which includes 16 hours of internship per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and field seminars. The third year has a load of 4 classes per semester (Mondays and Tuesdays morning through evening) and a field course including 24 hours of internship per week (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays) and field seminars.
Online/Hybrid MSW Program
The Online/Hybrid MSW Program is a 2-year program that requires continuous part-time enrollment (i.e. 2 academic courses and a field education course concurrently through the calendar year). In this program, academic courses are completed online (with asynchrounous sessions and synchrounous sessions usually on weekday evenings), and field education is completed in-person.
The course plan and field internship are scheduled throughout the calendar year. Courses per session, depending on subject matter and competencies covered, range from about 3 weeks to 11 weeks for academic classes, and as long as 24 weeks for field internship.
* Please consider your interest in the Online/Hybrid Program carefully. There are some opportunities that are limited in this program. Specifically, the aging field of practice, the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program, and the PPSC Program (starting with incoming students Fall 2018) are not available in the Online/Hybrid Program.
Foundation and Advanced Curriculum
At the beginning of the MSW Programs, students develop a solid foundation in generalist social work practice to empower individuals, families, and communities in order to promote the well-being of communities of color, populations-at-risk, and groups that are disadvantaged, oppressed, or marginalized. In all our MSW Programs, the advanced curriculum focuses on the Concentration of Transcultural Multi-Systems Practice. This builds upon the foundation curriculum and students become more competent in integrating theories, models, and professional values with transcultural multi-systems practice at micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Students identify a field of practice to study more in-depth such as (a) aging; (b) children, youth, and families, and (c) health/mental health.
* Please note that the aging field of practice is not available in the Online/Hybrid Program
Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program and Stipend
In the On-Campus MSW Program, students can apply for the Child Welfare Title IV-E Program. This is a stipend training program for students interested in working in the public child welfare system. Qualified MSW students in the 2-Year/Full-Time program will be awarded a stipend in the amount of $37,000 for up to two years, following a special selection process. Students must meet certain eligibility criteria and must go through an application and awards selection process, in addition to the University’s and the School’s applications. Recipients of the stipend must agree to work two years, one for each year of stipend support, in full-time continuous employment in a public child welfare agency in California, upon graduation from the MSW program. There are also opportunities for 3-Year Part-Time students who currently work in the county.
* Please note that the Title IV-E Program is not available in the Online/Hybrid Program
Additional Credentials and Certificates
Please visit the Credentials and Certificates page for more information.
Currently most of these credentials and certificates are only avaiable to students in the On-Campus MSW Programs. There is an option for a Post-Masters Pupil Personnel Services Credential for all those with an MSW degree.
Awarding of the MSW Degree
To be awarded the Master of Social Work degree, students must: 1) complete 60 units of specified graduate work in the MSW Program with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA); 2) complete all the prerequisites, course work, and agreements outlined by the MSW Program and San José State University that includes candidacy and graduation forms properly submitted while a graduate student; 4) meet the University’s Writing Competency requirement; and, 5) finish all degree requirements within seven years (California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Education). Please note that San José State University, not the MSW Program or the School of Social Work, is responsible for conferring the degree.