MSW in Social Welfare


UCLA Luskin’s Master of Social Welfare is a full-time, two-year program. In addition to our core curriculum, you can participate in an advanced research course or research project focused on an issue of interest to you. Two field placements with social work agencies let you put into action what you have learned in the classroom, providing invaluable real-world experience.

As professionals and scholars in a public research university, the faculty of the Department of Social Welfare are committed to the highest level of training to produce the next generation of practitioners and leaders for the social work profession and to advance the knowledge base for social work policy and practice.

For a complete list of Social Welfare graduate courses with descriptions, look here.

Part-Time: *launches Fall 2021

A 3-year part-time program is available for students interested in the Child and Family Well-Being Area of Concentration.  Students in this program will take classes in the mornings and work with their field agencies to complete their required internship hours over the course of their academic program.  Please note that this is not an evening and weekend program, classes and internship will be scheduled during regular business hours. The additional cost of the 8 quarter MSW is $16,440 (approximately $65,760 in total), while the additional part-time cost with the PPS credential added is $24,660 (approximately $73,980 in total). These costs are based on CA residency and current published tuition information (subject to change).

Sample Plan of Study for Part-Time MSW with Child and Family Well-Being area of concentration.

For a complete list of Social Welfare graduate courses with descriptions, look here.

PH.D. in Social Welfare

The Ph.D. in Social Welfare is a national leader in educating the next generation of social welfare scholars. Whether your interest is in service delivery or scholarly research, you will design your own advanced education aimed at pursuing your own intellectual interests.

With world-class faculty as your partners, you will benefit from a scholarly community of depth with breadth. From the time of your admission, the faculty will work with you to ensure your success. At UCLA the social welfare faculty consider doctoral students as colleagues, and because of the individualized nature of our program, you will work closely with faculty by participating actively in research projects and by co-authoring articles for publication.

The transition from a role as a practitioner to a scholar/researcher is more than a change in job title. It signifies a major change in the nature of the contribution you will make to social work and to society. UCLA doctoral students are tomorrow’s social work scholars, researchers and professors, responsible for advancing knowledge and training the next generation of practitioners.

Undergraduate Programs

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate minor programs in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and in Urban and Regional Studies.  Each program offers an excellent interdisciplinary focus on problem-solving, analysis, and serves as an entry point to further graduate studies in law, policy, planning, and social welfare.  Undergraduate students in the minor programs gain insight into current issues such as crime and drugs, the environment, labor policies, national security, and policy issues related to the State of California.

Minor in Gerontology

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Department of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the School of Medicine Division of Geriatrics and the School of Public Health, offers the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor (GIM).

As of Winter quarter 2012, undergraduate students may enroll to the interdisciplinary GIM, which utilizes UCLA’s professional schools and College resources to create an enhanced academic experience in aging.

The restructured GIM provides UCLA students the following:

  • A foundation understanding of the current state of the science related to the biopsychosocial aspects of human aging;
  • an ability to assess longevity’s potential contribution and challenge to contemporary society;
  • an appreciation of the diversity of aging over the life course and its impact on late life outcomes; and the opportunity to relate knowledge of gerontology to life-long personal and professional contributions to a diverse aging society.

For more information on the Gerontology minor read the Gerontology Announcement.

Erika Villanueva

Director of Student Services
Contact an Undergraduate Advisor
(310) 794-9662
Public Affairs Building Suite 3343

Joint Degrees

The Department of Social Welfare offers joint degrees with Asian American Studies, Law, Public Health and Public Policy. In each case, a joint degree applicant needs to meet the admissions criteria for each degree program. This means that an applicant must apply to each program separately. When applying to a joint degree, you are essentially applying to two separate programs. You will choose the option to apply to the joint degree option on the application site, but could gain admission into both programs, one program or neither one.

Once admitted to both programs, the applicant becomes a joint degree student. Students enrolled in the Asian American Studies MA, JD, MPH or MPP program may apply for admission to the joint degree program in their first year of residence.

Certificates, Licensure and Training Programs

UCLA Luskin’s Master of Social Welfare offers certificates, licensure, and training programs both during your time as a student and post-MSW.

LCSW Steps

LCSW Licensing Process- California

Handbook for Future LCSWs

LCSW Exam Results (through June 2019)

UCLA MSW Curriculum and LCSW Pre-Licensure Course Requirements

Pre-Licensure Course Hours UCLA Course(s)
Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting 7 SW231J:  Advanced Practice – Child Welfare
Alcoholism and other Chemical Substance Dependency 15 SW231G: Advanced Practice – Substance Abuse Intervention
Spousal/Partner Abuse Assessment, Detection and Intervention 15 SW251A: Domestic and Sexual Violence
Aging, Long Term Care, and Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse 10 SW231P:  Gerontology/ Aging and Long-Term Care
California Law and Professional Ethics 18 Met through 401/402, Seminars, 210A*
Human Sexuality 10 n/a – the department is in the process of developing a workshop option

*See BBS explanation that all accredited MSW programs in CA have met this requirement:

Applying for Licensure with a Conviction or Past Disciplinary Action:

Other References:

Licensure Workshop Recording:

updated:  04/2020

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This program provides intellectual and professional preparation to future experts who plan to work within the realm of global public affairs. GPA offers four different certificate clusters, which can be obtained in addition to any MPP, MURP, or MSW degree from the Luskin School.

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The Network for Social​ Work Management (​​) is an international organization whose mission is to strengthen social work leadership in health and human services by advancing social work management. UCLA Luskin Social Welfare department provides a curriculum that is aligned with the NSWM ​Human Services Management Competencies​. ​UCLA MSW students are eligible to receive the Human Services Management Certificate if they meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

Human Services Management Certificate Requirements

  • California Social Work Education Consortium (CalSWEC)
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH)
  • California Social Work Education Consortium (CalSWEC)
  • Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (LADCFS)

School social workers are the link between home, school, and community.  They give primary emphasis to helping public school pupils to achieve academic success by emphasizing the importance of academic advising.

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