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Bachelor of Social Work Program

Council on Social Work Education Accreditation Status: Accredited (2003-2011).

Admission Policy

Application to the BSW program can be made during the fall (Sept. 1st deadline, Oct. 1st) and spring semesters (Feb. 1st; deadline, March 1st).

Students desiring to enter the BSW program may select social work as their major at the time of admission to the University, or in the case of currently enrolled students, a declaration of major form indicating social work as their major of choice should be submitted to the registrar’s office before the end of the second semester of their sophomore year. However, to be formally admitted to the BSW program, students must complete an application and meet the established minimum admission criteria, as follows:

  • Satisfactory completion of two prerequisite courses; SOCW 2500 (Social Work as a Profession) and SOCW 3410 (Social Welfare as an Institution).
  • A GPA of 2.5 (C+) in the above listed prerequisite courses.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or a SWAI (Social Work Admission Index) Score of 70 or higher.
  • Provide two letters of references (on letterhead of identifying the write of the reference).
  • Submit a personal narrative that speaks to interest in the social work profession and demonstrate acceptable writing skills.
  • Submit a transcript indicating cumulative GPA.

The Social Work Admission Index (SWAI) Score

If a student does not meet the cumulative GPA requirement of 2.5; a minimum SWAI score of 70 (on a scale of 70-100) is required for formal acceptance into the BSW program (note that the GPA requirements for the two prerequisite courses must be satisfied). The following are factors making up the SWAI score:

Category Weight
Grade Point Average (GPA)  
Cumulative GPA 2.0-2.49 = 10 points
Two Letters of References (typed on letterhead identifying the writer of the reference) = 10 points
Quality of narrative statement
Excellent = 40 points
Good = 30 points
Fair = 20 points
Membership in professional organizations
Student chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) = 15 points
NCCU Social Work Society = 5 points

View the Bachelor of Social Work program description and curriculum guide

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