B.S.W. Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

Students may declare social work as their major if they fulfill the requirements listed below. No student will be allowed to enroll in required social work courses above SCWK 170 unless admitted to the program.

Admission without previous college credits (first year students)

An applicant with no prior college work must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum 2.7 high school GPA
  • Minimum 17 ACT composite score
    • Minimum Reading sub score of 17

Admission with college credit (transfer students)

Applicants with prior college coursework must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum 2.0 overall GPA in at least 12 college credits
    • 2.5 average in Social Sciences or applied social sciences coursework at the time of application
  • Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be reviewed for admission as first year students.

Admission to the B.S.W. degree candidacy

Permission to enroll in upper level social work courses requires admission to candidacy for the bachelor of social work degree with the exception of SCWK 310 and 370.

Admission to the degree candidacy requires the following:

  • Completion of at least 56 semester credit hours of college credit
  • Included in the completed work must be the following courses or their transfer equivalent or transfer substitute:
    • ENGL 150 and 250
    • BIOL 101, 109 or 111 and another course that meets scientific requirements
    • COMM 105, 121 or 221
    • PLSC 121 or 122
    • PSYC 150 and 226 or EDUC 251
    • SOCY 121 and 225 or 230
    • SCWK 110, 130, 170, 191, 210, 220 and 240
  • Minimum overall 2.3 GPA
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in social work courses
  • Grade of "C" or better in all required social work courses
  • Successful completion of a written self-analysis, including professional strengths and weaknesses, sensitivity to social diversity, career motivation, etc. This is a SCWK 220 assignment.
  • Successful completion of a fully documented library research paper elaborating on the relationship between a particular theory of human behavior or social process and social work practice. This is a SCWK 240 assignment.

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