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History

The School of Social Work at California State University, San Bernardino, has served the region’s social work education needs with a Master of Social Work (MSW) program since 1989, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) program since 2003.  Both degrees are nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

We are a vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and agency-based social workers who care deeply about improving the lives of all people, especially those facing the steepest obstacles.

Our alumni have gone on to head major non-profit social service agencies, assist the elderly to remain safely in their homes, provide culturally-sensitive mental health services, and help pass legislation to better prepare youth in foster care to live independently. These are just a few of the vital roles that our graduates fill in the community.

Our faculty have expertise in areas such as gerontology, gangs, health disparities, HIV/AIDS, disabilities, and child welfare. In addition to curriculum development and teaching, they contribute to the social work profession through publishing their research, providing consultation and training, and sharing their expertise at local, regional, and national conferences and events.

We partner with more than one hundred local social service agencies. Our students contribute thousands of hours of work while the agencies provide supervision for the students. Incredibly, to equal the number of hours worked in the community by our MSW and BASW students each year (86,520 hours), an individual would have to work for over 40 years. A conservative estimate of the annual value of this work approaches three quarters of a million dollars.