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.

The Bachelor of Social Work program prepares graduates to work in diverse settings with various populations. Students are involved in hands-on learning at innovative, community-based internship sites and learn through vibrant class discussions to think critically and engage in dialogue in order to develop and enhance your understanding of the Social Work profession. 

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.
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Transfer Students:

  • Must submit UConn application to Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Must have completed a minimum of 54 credits including all or majority of the general education credits required by UConn.
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher

Students transferring with BSW courses will only be eligible for a maximum of 12 transferrable credits. Prospective students are required to meet with Trisha Hawthorne-Noble, Coordinator of the Office of Student and Academic Services, to discuss an individualized academic program plan. Please email to set up an appointment. Please note, there is no guarantee the program will be completed in less than 2 years.

Students transferring from non-BSW programs can find more information about transfer admissions here

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 52 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 three-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 Prerequisites That Must Be Taken Before I Apply?

There are no prerequisites 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:

  • Enter information for three references in the electronic application
  • Email each reference requesting them to complete the Recommendation Form.
  • 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 to
  • All completed reference forms must be submitted no later than the application deadline of February 1


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.

Begin Your Application

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

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

The application for Fall 2022 will open in late Fall.



Application Deadline

The application deadline for the BSW Program is February 15, 2021.  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-March. 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. Visit the Residential Life website to learn more about residential housing at Storrs.

Who Can I Contact for More Information?

If you have questions about the application process, please contact OSAS Director Trisha Hawthorne-Noble at

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