MSW Application Process

In order to be considered for the Master of Social Work Program, applicants must:
  • Meet general requirements for admission to Graduate Study at Cal Poly Humboldt.
  • Meet admission requirements of Humboldt Department of Social Work.
  • Students in the online program must live in the state of California while they are in the social work program.

The minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Social Work Program are as follows:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited higher education institution.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0 for the last 60 units of course work.
  • Completion with a grade of “C” or better in Elementary Statistics.
  • Completion with a grade of “C” or better in a course related to Native American Studies.

Applicants who have an accredited Bachelor's degree in Social Work with a GPA of 3.5 or better may apply to the Advanced Standing Program.

The program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

Only COMPLETE applications will be reviewed. Those applications received after the deadline may be considered if space becomes available in the program.

Students will be notified of offers of admission from the department and university. 


To start the application process go to Cal State Apply.

Guidelines for the Personal Statement 

**PLEASE NOTE** There is no longer a supplemental application required for Distributed Learning Applicants.

Please email or call us for more information: or (707) 826-4443.

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MSW Application Process