Apply for BSW

The School of Social Work is located in the heart of the capital city of Hartford and well integrated into the pulse of the city.

BSW Admission Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply:

UConn Students:

  • Must have completed a minimum 54 credits by the end of the spring semester including all or majority of the general education credits required by UConn (junior) at a school or college other than the School of Social Work. This can be either the Storrs or one of the regional campuses.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Transfer Students:

Please Note:  All students should be advised that they must have 120 credit hours total in order to graduate.  In most cases, students will have an additional 12-15 credits that need to be taken in addition to their general education requirements and 54 credits required by the BSW major.

For information about the academic details of the BSW program.


The School of Social Work is in the process of applying for accreditation to the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body. The UConn SSW MSW program has been continuously accredited since 1949. CSWE accreditation is a multi-step process utilizing a benchmark framework that includes program self-studies, site visits, and Committee on Accreditation (COA) reviews. While this is a 3-year process, initial accreditation covers those students who were admitted in the academic year in which the program was granted candidacy and they are considered to have graduated from a CSWE-accredited social work program. Following successful accreditation, a statement will appear on all transcripts of students who finish a bachelor’s in social work degree indicating completion of a Council on Social Work Education approved program.

Are there pre-requisites that must be taken before I apply?

There are no pre-requisites needed to apply for the BSW program. However, there are some recommended courses that can be helpful for interested students to take.

Preparing Your BSW Application

The application consists of:

  • Submission of electronic application
  • 3 references
  • Statement
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript


Application Instructions

Carefully read through the following instructions before completing the application.

Reference Information 

3 References are required.

A reference contact should be:

  • REQUIRED - An academic instructor who has graded your academic work and/or who can assess your potential for success in the professional program; AND,
  • REQUIRED – A current or previous academic advisor; AND,
  • A work/volunteer supervisor; OR,
  • A professional who has contributed to your leadership development and/or provided academic coaching to support you as a scholar.

Contact references should not be:

  • Friends;
  • Family members;
  • Neighbors;
  • Co-workers/colleagues;
  • Personal counselors/therapists;
  • Clergy;
  • Individuals similar to those listed above.

Instructions for “Reference Information” portion of application:


Your statement is very important. The content and writing quality allows reviewers to:

  • Gain a sense of who you are as an individual, as well as what led you to choose a career in social work;
  • Determine the extent to which you are prepared and motivated for undergraduate education in social work;
  • Assess how your experiences, social work and non-social work related, have prepared you for studies in social work

Your statement should answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to pursue a professional degree in Social Work?
  • How have your past and current coursework, life experiences, volunteer work, and/or employment prepared you for professional degree studies in social work? Indicate how these experiences have provided you with skills and an understanding of qualities such as responsibility, compassion, judgement, determination, flexibility, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Social workers understand how diversity and difference characterize and shape the human experience. How does your experience with and/or knowledge of diversity issues inform your desire to obtain a BSW degree (e.g., from a study abroad experience, your course work, life and/or volunteer experience, etc.)?

Required formatting instructions for your statement:

  • Use standard essay format.
  • Write one statement that addresses all three questions. Do not write three different statements addressing each question separately.
  • Length should be approximately 3 pages double spaced using 12 pt font (prior to cut and paste)
  • Cut and paste responses into the electronic application.

Writing tips:

  • Write a draft of your statement, take a break, and come back to it later to work on editing and clarifying.
  • If possible, utilize the writing lab to obtain feedback on your statement.
  • Do not rely solely on spelling and grammar checks.
  • Read your statement aloud for flow and accuracy.
  • Be sure that your statement expands beyond your desire to help people and beyond your personal background.


Upload your resume as a pdf directly into the online BSW application

Unofficial Transcript

Upload your transcript as a pdf directly into the online BSW application


Please have your Statement, Resume and Transcript ready prior to completing the online application to the BSW Program.

Preparing Your Scholarship Application

BSW Scholarship Criteria for Incoming Students

    1. Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate BSW major to receive a scholarship
    2. Applicant must have submitted a complete BSW major and scholarship application by the established deadline
    3. Applicant must have a current Cum GPA of 3.0 or greater at the time of application.
    4. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the financial aid office
    5. Scholarships are renewable based on satisfactory academic progress

Additional Criteria, If Needed

  1. Applicant should have some community service/volunteer work/ service learning done to date in a social service program/agency. Preference will be given to students who have completed ten or more hours.


Application Consists of:

  1. Completed Student Information Form - (a link to the form will be available in the Fall)
  2. A copy of your unofficial transcript ( If different from the transcript in your BSW major application)
  3. A copy of your resume (if different from the resume in your BSW major application)


Application Deadline

February 1

Completed applications must be emailed, as a complete packet, to:

Please note:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Scholarships awarded may affect financial aid. Questions regarding financial aid implications should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid Services at


BSW Scholarships for incoming students are renewable based on the following criteria:

    1. Applicant must be full-time returning BSW major to receive a scholarship
    2. Applicant must have submitted a complete UConn BSW scholarship application by the established deadline
    3. Applicant must have a current Cum GPA of 3.0 or greater at the time of application
    4. Preference to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the financial aid office
    5. Preference will be given to applicants who have met the above criteria and have made Dean’s List in the most recent semester completed. Criteria for Dean's list can be found at

Begin Your Application

Prior to completing your application, please read the information in the "Begin Your Application" section.

Please have your Statement, Resume and Transcript ready prior to completing the online application to the BSW Program.

Apply to the BSW Program 



Application deadline

The application deadline for the BSW Program is February 1, 2020.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at 959.200.3605 or

When are students admitted to the program?

Students are admitted into the program beginning in mid-May. Students must have sufficient credits to be considered a Junior by the end of the spring semester.

BSW Curriculum

BSW Major Course Sequence 

For more information please visit our BSW Program page

Housing Options

Currently, students can apply to live in residential housing at the Storrs campus or can live elsewhere. Regardless of where the student lives, they will identify Hartford as their campus. To learn more about residential housing at Storrs, visit 

Who Can I Contact for More Information

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Milagros Marrero-Johnson at or visit the Office of Student Academic Services at the School of
Social Work at 38 Prospect Street, on the Hartford Campus room HSSW 106.

For questions about the program itself, you can work with your undergraduate advisor or contact the BSW Program Director, Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, at