(Applies to Non Social Work Graduates Only)
Please see our most current pre-approved prerequisite lists for each section on the right column.
Lack of a course prerequisite will not affect consideration of your application. If accepted into the program you will be expected to complete them.
Applicants must complete at least one 3-unit course with a minimum grade of "C" in each of the areas listed below:
DATA ANALYSIS - qualitative or quantitative data analysis (applications to social sciences or health sciences recommended).
A specific data analysis (quantitative or qualitative) course in a social science discipline (e.g., psychology, anthropology, sociology, criminology). Similar courses in areas such as education, health science, and human services are also accepted.
If the data analysis content was contained within a “research methods” course, you should provide a course description and a syllabus to document this content. Data analysis must make up at least 70% of the course content.
Introductory statistics taken to meet the lower division math requirement in a GE pattern is not accepted UNLESS it meets a stated data analysis requirement for a social science major (e.g., psychology, anthropology, sociology, criminology) and your course work includes at least 1 research methods course in the social science major or a more general research methods course for the “social sciences” that is required for the major. Please provide documentation of these requirements.
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT OVER THE LIFE SPAN/HEALTH ISSUES - exclusive focus on human biological development over the life span/health issues.
A course that includes content such as human biological development over the life span, the biological bases of behavior, and health issues over the life span (covers prenatal to old age).
Introductory Biology courses, cell/human biology, human sexuality, etc. are not accepted.
A health course (equivalent to CSUF’s Public Health 90) is the most common course taken by applicants. It may also be taken at a community college.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY - ethnic/cultural systems or women’s studies.
MUST be an upper division course in study of an ethnic/cultural group or community/group based on identity or status. Community college/junior college courses do not satisfy this prerequisite.
Helpful Tips in Regards to Getting Your Prerequisites Approved
- We advise completing this coursework before entering the MSW program, but lack of a course prerequisite will not affect consideration of your application.
- To find equivalent courses at a community college, see www.assist.org.
- Consultation is available from the chair of admissions or the graduate program coordinator
regarding eligible courses. To inquire whether a course you have already taken meets
one of the requirements listed above, you should:
- make your request via email or in writing (a brief memo or letter) explaining how the course(s) you took meets the requirement.
- Include a copy of the course description with the syllabus or simply a syllabus.