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MSW - Master of Social Work Degree

Become a licensed social worker or clinical psychotherapist sooner than you dreamed. Our affordable hybrid and online MSW degree program prepare you to sit for licensure in many states, including California.

Master’s Degree in Social Work Overview

Brandman’s real-world curriculum allows you to take what you learn today and apply it in the field tomorrow. Our programs offer multiple starts per year to fit your busy schedule. Classes are available entirely online or online and on campus.

The Master of Social Work degree offers two pathways for degree completion, advanced standing and standard.   Advanced standing students may complete their program in as little as a year, while standard program students may complete their degree in two years.**

Brandman offers support in applying for and completing your field placement practicum in conveniently located local services agencies*. Graduates with an MSW degree are prepared for employment across a broad spectrum of settings including:

  • Child protective services agencies
  • Criminal justice, legal service and military organizations
  • Local, state and federal agencies
  • Home and school-based programs
  • Hospitals and other health care settings
  • Mental health and substance abuse treatment programs
  • Non-profit, human rights and advocacy organizations
*Subject to approval.
**Based on the average full-time advanced standing and regular program students who successfully progress through the program.


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    Brandman University's Master in Social Work Program has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Candidacy for a master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance. Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program. For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.

    Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes All Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. All social work students are expected to master these competencies of social work practice during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs (remove the s on programs) for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of a competency. This form is used to assist the CSWE in the evaluation of the program's compliance with the accreditation standards below:

    4.0.2: The program provides its most recent year of summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of the identified competencies, specifying the percentage of students achieving program benchmarks for each program option.
    4.0.4: The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS 4 (M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely updates (minimally every 2 years) it's findings.

    The Master in Social Work program utilizes Brandman University's non-discrimination policy. Brandman University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the institution. Brandman University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, and employment. The University recognizes that students with documented disabilities, such as mobility, sensory, health, psychological and learning disorders may need additional resources to enable successful completion of academic coursework. Brandman University will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to the extent that they do not compromise the integrity of any degree or certificate, do not fundamentally alter the nature of a program, or are unduly burdensome to the institution.


    Social work licensure requirements are determined by each state. Please contact your state licensing board for the specific academic requirements or review this website for further information ( While Brandman University’s MSW program has been designed to satisfy all academic requirements for licensure in California and Washington, and many or all academic requirements for licensure in other states, it is the student’s responsibility to identify and comply with the licensing requirements in any state in which they plan to seek licensure. Brandman University does not guarantee that completion of its program will result in a student achieving licensure.


    Program Curriculum

    • SOWK 501 Human Behavior and the Social Environment


      SOWK 502 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families


      SOWK 503 Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations


      SOWK 504 Diversity and Social Justice


      SOWK 505 Social Welfare Policy Analysis


      SOWK 506 Social Welfare Policy Practice and Advocacy


      SOWK 507 Social Work Research


      SOWK 593 Social Work Practicum Seminar l


      SOWK 594 Social Work Practicum Seminar ll


      *SOWK 595 Social Work Practicum Seminar lll


      Foundational Core Subtotal


      * If a student does not complete the required 400 practicum hours during the SOWK 593, 594, 595 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required SOWK 597 Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student completes the total required hours and receives a P in the SOWK 593, 594, 595 courses. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in SOWK 593, 594, 595, or 597.


    • SOWK 601 Family Violence


      SOWK 602 Social Work Law and Ethics


      SOWK 603 Social Work and Human Sexuality


      SOWK 622 Advanced Generalist Practice


      SOWK 625 Practice Evaluation


      SOWK 693 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar I


      SOWK 694 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar II


      SOWK 695 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar III


      *SOWK 696 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar IV


      Advanced Generalist Core Subtotal


      * If a student does not complete the required 600 practicum hours during the SOWK 693, 694, 695, 696 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required SOWK 697 Advanced Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student completes the total required hours and receives a P in the SOWK 693, 694, 695, 696 courses. Students will accumulate hours toward their advanced practicum requirements only when enrolled in SOWK 693, 694, 695, 696, or 597.


    • Select four from the following:


      SOWK 630
      Child Welfare


      SOWK 631
      Social Work Practice with Adolescents


      SOWK 632
      Prevention and Intervention in Child Abuse and Neglect


      SOWK 633
      Children and Adolescent Policy


      SOWK 634
      Family Policy


      SOWK 650
      Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response


      SOWK 651
      Social Work Response to Disasters


      SOWK 652
      Military/Veteran (SMVF) Social Work


      SOWK 653
      Social Work Practice with SMVF populations


      SOWK 654
      Death, Loss, & Grief


      SOWK 655
      Substance Abuse


      SOWK 656
      Sexual Abuse


      SOWK 657
      Mental Health and Mental Illness


      SOWK 658
      Healthcare Social Work I: Integrated Health Care Policy and Services


      SOWK 659
      Healthcare Social Work II: Social Work Practice in Integrated Health


      Social Work Electives Subtotal


      Total Credits


    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • personal narrative
    • View the MSW Program Introduction Video
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • Two recommendation forms
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.


    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.


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