MSW Prerequisites

The MSW program requires candidates to have completed a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (BASW degree and 3.5 GPA for Advanced Standing program). Applicants must also demonstrate having met the requirements for a Bachelor's degree or a comparable course of study as an undergraduate.

In addition to a Bachelor’s degree, applicants must also complete the following prerequisite coursework to be eligible for admission: Elementary Statistics and Native American Studies. The preferred method is to have these courses completed before the time of application. Coursework may be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed by the applicant’s program start date. Proof of enrollment is required for in-progress courses.

Analytic Reasoning/Elementary Statistics

Coursework in analytic reasoning or elementary statistics can be in any discipline but must be centrally organized around statistics (not research). Eligible Humboldt courses include STAT 108, PSYC 241, SOC 282.  Other equivalent transfer courses may meet this requirement.

Native American Studies

Coursework must demonstrate a general introduction to the history and culture of Native peoples of North America and the unique and sovereign relationship between tribal nations and local, state and federal governments. Eligible courses at Humboldt include: NAS 104, NAS 200, NAS 306, SW 420*. Other equivalent transfer coursework may qualify.

* SW 420 – Decolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Peoples: The Department of Social Work offers a 1.5 unit online course through the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement the last 8 weeks of Fall & Spring semester that meets the Native American Studies prerequisite for the MSW program. Students can call the office at (707) 826-3731 or GO ONLINE TO REGISTER.  Fees are due at the time of registration.

**Courses from other four year campuses and community colleges need to be approved by the MSW director before they can be considered as a subsittute course.

Questions?  Please contact us at or (707) 826-4443.