BSW Program Admissions

The School of Social Work is committed to assisting all students entering the program to evaluate career goals and objectives to ensure that students meet minimum academic standards and have an understanding of the philosophy and value base of the social work profession. An admissions procedure is intended to strengthen the student's certainty regarding this career choice and to enhance the student's focus and sense of purpose in curriculum planning. The first step in admission to the social work program is to contact the school office located in McNeill Hall, Room 3101 at 910.962.3872.

Declaring Social Work as your Major:

Students must meet UNCW requirements for declaration of a major.

Admission to the BSW Program is a two-step process.  First, a student who meets University requirements for declaring a major declares him/herself as a Pre-Social Work major.  After meeting Pre-Social Work major requirements, a student must apply to the BSW Program and, if accepted, is declared a Social Work major.

The School of Social Work faculty is committed to assisting all entering students to evaluate career goals and objectives to ensure that the student meets minimum academic standards and has an understanding of the philosophy and value base of the social work profession.  The BSW Program admissions procedure is intended to strengthen the student’s certainty regarding this career choice and to enhance the student’s focus and sense of purpose in curriculum planning. 

In order to be eligible for acceptance into the BSW Program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 45 university credit hours
  • Completion of 13 hours of the following collateral courses:
    • Four (4) credit hours in human biology taken in either of the following courses:  BIO 105 or BIO 160
    • Three (3) credit hours of SOC 105 (Introduction to Sociology)
    • Three (3) credit hours of PSY 105 (General Psychology)
    • Three (3) credit hours in PLS 101 (American National Government)
  • An overall UNCW GPA of at least a 2.5.  (Transfer students should have a GPA (cumulative) of at least a 2.5 to be considered for admission.)
  • Completion of an Application for Admission to the BSW Program by deadlines posted on the SSW website.This application requires inclusion of documentation of successful completion of the above courses, a personal narrative, and a social service resume. 

Students should make every effort possible to have their University Studies requirements and BSW collateral courses completed prior to applying to the BSW program, though we understand that sometimes this is not possible.  Students should discuss with their advisor any special circumstances that may have prevented the student from completing all these courses and make plans to complete these hours.