MSW - Master of Social Work

This graduate degree allows you to further your social work career while you work.  You can take classes completely online or blended online and on campus.  

Program Overview

The Master of Social Work prepares students to sit for licensure in many states, including California. Completion of licensure is essential to provide services as a practicing social worker. Field placement practicums take place at local social service agencies.

Graduates of the MSW program 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


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Next Session

January 8, 2018

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Available Campuses

Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
Fairfield Campus
4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Fairfield, CA 94534
Hanford Campus
325 Mall Drive, Hanford, CA 93230
Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Menifee Campus
28237 La Piedra Rd, Bldg. 3000, Menifee, CA 92584
Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
Ontario Campus
3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991

Admissions Requirements

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

  • Completed application
  • Five page personal narrative
  • Two recommendation forms
  • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
  • 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.

Graduate Level Exams

Most of Brandman’s Master Degree programs do not require a graduate level exam; however, there are a few that do. For detailed information about which Brandman programs have graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the Brandman University Catalog.

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/td>


    *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


    Social Work Electives Subtotal


    Total Credits


Meet Our Faculty


Brandman University’s MSW Program anticipates pre-candidacy status from the Council on Social Work Education in early 2018, candidacy status during the 2018-19 academic year, and initial accreditation status during the 2020-21 academic year. Candidacy is typically a 3-year process. It indicates that the program is progressing towards accreditation and provides reassurance about the quality of a social work program. Attaining candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain initial accreditation. Pending CSWE's approval of candidacy status during the 2018-19 academic year and initial accreditation during the 2020-21 academic year, students who enter Brandman’s MSW program during or after the 2018-19 academic year will be recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program.

At present, the Master of Social Work Program is not accredited by CSWE, and its future CSWE standing is not guaranteed. If you have questions regarding CSWE accreditation, please contact the Program Lead, Dr. Tobi DeLong Hamilton at:


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.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

All Council on Social Work Education 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. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. This form is used to assist the COA 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.

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