How to Apply for Admission (Pre-Major status)
Note*: When students declare social work as their major they are assigned to the current catalog year. Declaration of social work as a major does not guarantee admission to the Social Work program. Students must apply for admission to the Social Work program during the fall semester of their junior year. Full admission to the Social Work Program is based upon the requirements listed below.
Social Work credits earned through other CSWE accredited social work programs may be transferred to UAA and applied toward the Bachelor of Social Work degree. Approval from the UAA School of Social Work is required for acceptance of Social Work transfer credits.
Applying for Admission to Full Major
Note*: Only students eligible to receive state licensure will be admitted to the BSW degree program. Please contact the School of Social Work for further information.
Students must submit the following application materials to the School of Social Work by the last Friday in October prior to intended entry into field work (materials are provided by the School of Social Work):
Students participate in an interview with faculty to assess his or her academic and professional readiness to enter the Social Work Program and participate in practicum. Admission to the BSW program is based on:
The Admission Committee reserves the right to request additional information if necessary.
*The School of Social Work will notify applicants of their admission status by December 20th.
Course Requirements for Full Admission
To apply for full admission to the Social Work Program, students must have completed the following requirements with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher prior to entering practicum.
General Education Requirements
Liberal Arts Foundations Courses
Choose one of each:
Social Work (SWK) Course Requirements
BSW Field Education Information
BSW Field Education
Field Practicum placements may become competitive if the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces. The program and agencies also reserve the right to refuse and/or terminate students who do not meet a minimum standard of performance. Thus, while the School of Social Work makes every effort to find appropriate field placements for students, admittance to the BSW program does not guarantee acceptance by cooperating social services agencies.
Note*:The BSW program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.
Please review the current degree planning worksheet. This document provides a list of required courses for the Social Work degree in a checklist format.
Important Requirement Information
COURSE CONTENT CURRENCY REQUIREMENT:
All upper division courses with a Social Work subject code (SWK) must be completed within seven (7) years prior to graduation.
Students in the Social Work program must earn a grade of C or better in the required liberal arts and the required social work courses. Adherence to the Code of Ethics established by the National Association of Social Workers is required.
*Deadlines to apply for Graduation and instructions can be found here.
Course Requirements for Graduation
Departmental Honors in Social Work
Departmental Honors Information
The Bachelor of Social Work Program recognizes exceptional performance by conferring Departmental Honors in Social Work. The award is noted on the student's permanent transcript.
In order to receive Honors in Social Work, a student must meet each of the following requirements:
*Note to BSW students that are interested in the MSW program:
Successful completion of Departmental Honors in Social Work in the UAA BSW Program earns the right to waive a regular review of an admission packet to the foundation curriculum of the Master of Social Work Program. Students are responsible for completing a UAA Graduate Application for Admission and a program application for admission to the MSW Program. The application packet should be submitted to the MSW Admissions Committee by the application deadline, January 15th, with request to waive the regular review process. Admission to the full program will be granted if the applicant meets all of the requirements for departmental honors. Students interested in waiving the foundation curriculum must apply for advanced standing with a full review.
If you have further questions or would like to explore the option to obtain Departmental Honors in Social Work please contact our office at 907-786-6900