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Admission to the Social Work Program is a competitive process. Requirements for acceptance into the program are:

  • Satisfactory completion of English Composition I and II, plus student's math requirement
  • Ability to complete application and follow application process instructions
  • Minimum GPA standard of 2.5 in most recent 30 hours
  • Possess quality, strength and appropriateness of writing sample and two reference forms
  • Quality and progress of all prior academic history (GPA will be calculated by the last 30 hours of coursework)
  • Demonstrated compliance and/or potential compliance with professional expectations as indicated in interactions and communications with staff, faculty, and students (see Student Handbook)
  • Demonstrated pool of applicants and number of available slots
  • Needs of the community and profession

The BSW Admissions Committee, comprised of UHD social work faculty, will review applications and determine each applicant's admission status. Click here to view the flowchart.

Admissions Determination

After application review, the BSW Admissions Committee issues one of the following determinations:

 
Clear Admission Applicant accepted into the Program
 
Conditional Admission Applicant accepted with a condition. Students with conditional admission must meet with a social work advisor to develop a plan to achieve clear admission.
 
Denied Admission Applicant not accepted into the Program for the semester she/he applied. Students denied admission may reapply and are encouraged to meet with a social work faculty member to discuss ways to strengthen their application
 
Pending Status Decision on the applicant delayed pending admissions application completion. Applicants need to realize that incomplete applications will be less competitive in applicant pool. In addition, incomplete applications are not guaranteed pending status, and are more likely to result in denied admission

Application Deadline

Committee members must review all applications must be reviewed by all. Application deadlines:

Fall semester

Last day to submit applications is May 15th. Any application received after May 15 may not be processed until mid-August

Spring semester

Last day to submit applications is November 1st. Any application received after November 1st may not be processed until mid-January

Declaration of Major

Students cannot independently declare a major in Social Work. Once students receive admission into the Social Program program, the UHD system automatically codes those students as Social Work majors. This process can take up 4 to 6 weeks after program acceptance and enrollment in UHD courses. Students who receive program admission but whose major is not reflected in their records after four to six weeks should notify the Social Work Program Director, Stephen Wernet, Ph.D., at (wernets@uhd.edu).

Students with a conditional admission or who are denied admission and have evidence or information that may influence the Admissions Committee's decision may request a hearing to appeal the decision. Requests for a hearing must be made in writing and postmarked within 20 days from the date of the admission's status letter. Within 20 days of the receipt of the student's request for a hearing, a hearing date will be set by the Hearing Committee. The Hearing Committee will be comprised of the Social Work faculty and one outside faculty member appointed by the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice.

The student will meet with the Hearing Committee to present the necessary information. The Hearing Committee will issue a decision in writing within one week of the hearing. If the student has evidence that the Hearing Committee has made its decision in violation of the program's policies, the student may appeal the Hearing Committee's decision in the following sequence:

  • To the Department Chair
  • To the Dean of the College of Public Service. (This policy is informed by PS 03.A.04 for Grade Appeals.)
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Bachelor of Social Work's
Admission Flowchart

Click here to download the PDF document

Student reviews BSW major requirements and fills out Application Form
Student submits application and reference forms.
Bachelor of Social Work Admissions Committee reviews application pool, decides admission status. Notifications sent to applicants.
Clear Admission Applicants enter program & UHD system updates. Student records to reflect Social Work Major within 4 – 6 weeks
Conditional Admission applicants meet with Social Work advisor to develop plan to achieve Clear Admission. Also, Conditional Admission and Denied applicants have opportunity to submit appeal Bachelor of Social Work Admissions Committee decision. Pending Status applicants must finalize application for determination.
Hearing for appeal set, Committee receives new information, makes determination for admission
Students complete program classes, internships for final two semesters
Denied applicants can reapply to BSW program for for future semesters
If, after four to six weeks, records for students accepted into program do not show Social Work Major, students contact their program advisor for assistance
Students complete internships, complete BSW program requirements
Graduation!

Last updated or reviewed on 8/19/14

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