Social Work - Community Capacity Building

California State University, Dominguez Hills

About this program

Social Work - Community Capacity Building

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at California State University, Dominguez Hills is intentionally designed to address the diverse social service needs, issues and problems particular to a large metropolitan area such as Los Angeles County. Building on the diversity of the various ethnic groups and cultures residing in the area, the program will prepare social work students for contextually competent social work practice, inclusive of the issues of culture, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, class, sexual orientation and gender. The effects of bias, prejudice and institutionalized racism are examined so that students understand how these issues can affect social work practice, policy development and program implementation. Students learn a variety of perspectives and ways of identifying strategies and interventions for addressing these concerns and other problems in social work practice with individuals, families and communities.

The Department of Social Work promotes a psychosocial, ecological and cross-cultural approach to social work practice with Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality serving as the theoretical framework for contextually competent practice. The curriculum is developed and organized as a coherent and integrated whole consistent with program goals and objectives. California State University, Dominguez Hills offers one concentration: Social Work Practice in Communities (SWPC) and three specializations that students can choose from: Children, Youth and Families, Community Mental Health and Community Capacity Building.

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Admission requirements

  1. Following is a list of eight courses that span four educational areas that a successful applicant should have satisfactorily completed:
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four year institution with a liberal arts foundation preferred and a GPA of 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0) or better in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units. Applications with a lower GPA may be considered based on their meeting certain other criteria.
    • Elementary Statistics (students must pass the course)
    • Human Development or its equivalent (students must pass the course)
    • Three courses in the behavioral sciences (social work, sociology, cultural anthropology, psychology, economics, political science, gender or ethnic studies)
    • Two courses in the humanities (philosophy, history, literature, religious studies, performing or visual arts, etc.)
    • One course in English composition.

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Program content

In addition to the Social Work major requirements, modules for the Community Capacity Building Specialization include:

  • Social Justice in Social Work Practice
  • Advanced Social Work Practice in Communities
  • Advanced Practice in Administration and Leadership
  • Social Welfare Policy III: Children, Youth and Families
  • Fieldwork Practicum III
  • Fieldwork Practicum IV
  • Seminar in MH Issues
  • Directed Research
  • Project or Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information


  • Tuition Fees: $8,379 (24 units/2 semesters)
  • Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition ($396/unit): $6,336 (16 units/2 semesters)

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E Victoria St.
90747 Carson California
United States of America

Phone no: +13102432140

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