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Earn a Master of Social Work Degree
without Ever Leaving Santa Clarita
December, 2017 - Issue #159
CSUN's Program at COC & Online Options make Getting your Degree Convenient & Affordable
CSUN now offers two convenient ways to complete your Master of Social Work degree - affordably and faster than you thought possible... including options like online courses and courses offered locally at College of the Canyons.

Designed in collaboration with the Department of Social Work in CSUN's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, this exciting program offers students choices in how to pursue their degree.
Choose the two-year full-time online program to make the most of your time. In addition to completing regular online assignments, this MSW program typically meets weekly for live online sessions one week night per week, in each class, between 5pm and 9pm with a start time no later than 6:30pm. All classes - except field classes - are asynchronous, which means you can attend the live class or watch the recording later at a more convenient time. The specific day and time for live sessions will be announced no later than one month before the cohort launch. Rare exceptions may apply. Field classes meet weekly for one hour at a time determined by the instructor and seven to eight students, depending on their schedule. The three-year part-time off-campus program boasts classes that are held locally at College of the Canyons.

A Generalist Approach
Unlike many social work programs, CSUN's Master of Social Work expands students' career possibilities by offering a generalist approach. The curriculum also enables students to gain the skills and perspective to work at any level: individual/family (micro); group/community (mezzo); and societal/policy (macro). CSUN's MSW degree prepares students for careers as direct service providers, administrators, community advocates, counselors, policy makers, researchers, supervisors and service workers in a wide variety of settings, including community and government organizations, health care centers, schools and more. All CSUN academic programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This program is also fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

CSUN's Master of Social Work Offers Distinct Advantages
Outstanding Support
Online or off-campus, students admitted to the program are guaranteed enrollment in all required courses. What's more, the complete and on-going support of a designated program manager, from application to graduation, frees them to focus on their studies and their field placement requirements.

A Cohesive & Supportive Learning Community
You'll feel supported and connected - both online and off-campus! The cohort format of this program facilitates on-time completion of the degree through student interaction on weekly assignments, which also leads to the development of strong professional relationships.

Well-designed, Effective Distance Learning
As one of the first American universities to offer graduate degrees online, CSUN does not entrust its learning community to commercial providers. Rather, CSUN faculty and practitioners receive training and support to ensure instructional excellence. Students also benefit from the beginning-to-end support of the Tseng College's professional distance-learning staff.

This is a program that's going to set you up for real success in your field. The urban setting of CSUN's graduate-level social work program supports its focus on urban family practice. Offered at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, the program gives students the opportunity to work with vulnerable and at-risk populations and cultivates an appreciation of the planned-change process.

Join a Celebrated Social Work Program
There's exciting news coming out of California State University Northridge's Social Work program - making now the most exciting time ever to earn your advanced degree.

• Amy Levin, professor and chair of the Social Work department, recently won two contracts totaling $1.69 million from UC Regents to support Title IV-E Social Work Training Program and Mental Health Stipend Program.

• Go Grad ranked CSUN's online Master of Social Work ninth nationally in its 2016 "Top Online Master's in Social Work" list.

• CSUN researchers received a $165,756 grant from the Eisner Foundation in 2017 to study the needs of grandparents and other relatives who care for children. They worked with Grandparents as Parents, one of the county's largest providers of services to grandparents and other family caregivers.

• CSUN ranked 16th on the 2017 "Best Online Master's in Social Work Programs" by BestColleges.com.

• Accredited Schools Online ranked CSUN third nationally in its 2015 "Schools Fighting for Families" national ranking of the best Californiacolleges for family-focused social work.

• Social Work professor Eli Bartle received $93,277 from UCLA in 2017 in support of a project entitled "University Consortium for Children and Families."
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