Program at a Glance

Online, with 3-day on-campus session per year.
Admission Cycle: 
Program starts in January or June. See details below. *Cost is per unit.*

Social Work Online MSW

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Who Should Apply?

It doesn't matter where you live or work -- you can still earn your MSW from Cal Poly Humboldt. Courses are online and designed to support people who are rooted in their communities. Whether you want to advance in your current career, make a transition, or add a degree to amplify your voice and better serve your community, this accessible program has an option to meet your needs.

The program offers an affordable tuition rate wherever you live, and with program-specific financial assistance, over half of the students benefit from scholarships or stipends to support their studies.

Online MSW at a Glance:

  • Apply to Cal Poly Humboldt via Cal State Apply by admissions deadline.
  • Apply Aug. 1-Sept. 15 to the 3½-year part-time program to start classes in January.
  • Apply Oct. 1-Feb. 1 to the 2-year Advanced Standing part-time program to start classes and orientation in June.
  • Visit campus for 3 days each January for orientation, community building and skill development.
  • Live web sessions every Thursday night and weekly modules that you complete on your own schedule.

What Should I Expect?

The program maintains an emphasis on working with Indigenous and rural communities, and is designed to decolonize mainstream social work education practices.

The focus is on building reciprocal and dynamic relationships:

  • with you and your home community through professional internships.
  • between the curriculum and your lived experiences.
  • among students and faculty through intentionally-fostered online learning communities.

This program is rigorous, and students should be able to visit campus as required, attend live web sessions weekly, and dedicate at least 25 hours a week to this part-time program.

The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Admission Requirements:

For the MSW, you may meet the Native American Peoples of America course prerequisite by enrolling in SW 420, Decolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Communities (offered fall/spring semesters), and earning a grade of C or better in the class.

Program Tuition:


Funding for this program is made possible through grants provided by the Mental Health Services Act, the Superior Region Mental Health Workforce, Education and Training Partnership and CalSWEC.

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