BSW Admission Qualifications
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply:
- 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.
- Submit UConn application to Undergraduate Admissions. Information can be found on the UConn Undergraduate Admissions Website. Review of transfer credits will be considered as part of your application evaluation.
- Must be accepted into UConn prior to submitting an application to the BSW Program.
- Must have completed a minimum of 54 credits including all or majority of the general education credits required by UConn.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher
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.
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 Application
The application consists of:
- Submission of electronic application
- 3 references
- Unofficial Transcript
Carefully read through the following instructions before completing the application.
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 – An 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:
- Family members;
- Personal counselors/therapists;
- Individuals similar to those listed above.
Instructions for “Reference Information” portion of application:
- Enter information for three references in the electronic application
- Email each reference requesting them to complete the Recommendation Form located at https://ssw.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2377/2018/09/BSW-Recommendation-Form-Fillable.pdf
- Inform reference that once they have completed the form it will need to be submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- All completed reference forms must be submitted no later than the application deadline of February 15
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.
- 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.
Please email your resume directly to the Office of Student and Academic Services via email at email@example.com
Please email a copy of your unofficial transcript directly to the Office of Student and Academic Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Begin Your Application
Applications open December 15th
Please check back at that time to access the application for the BSW Program.
The application deadline for the BSW Program is February 15, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at 959.200.3605 or email@example.com.
When are students admitted to the program?
Every spring semester students are admitted into the program. Students must have sufficient credits to be considered a Junior by the end of the spring semester.