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Bachelor of Social Work Admission Requirements

Students desiring to enter the BSW program may select social work as their major at the time of admission to NCCU, 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:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the two prerequisite courses; SOCW 2500 (Social Work as a Profession) and SOCW 3410 (Social Welfare as an Institution). A minimum GPA of 2.5 (C+) in the prerequisite courses is required.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  3. Provide two letters of references (on letterhead identifying the writer of the reference) from individuals who can speak to the applicants’ potential of becoming an effective social worker
  4. A personal narrative that speaks to interest in the social work profession and demonstrates acceptable writing skills.
  5. A transcript indicating cumulative GPA (unofficial copies are acceptable).
  6. Application to the BSW program can be made twice a year, with applications available Sept. 1 for the Oct. 1 deadline, and applications available on Feb. 1 for the March 1 deadline.

*The Social Work Admission Index (SWAI) Score.  If a student does not meet the cumulative GPA requirement of 2.5 (GPA’s below 2.0 will not be considered); a minimum SWAI score of 70 (maximum points = 90) 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 categories/weights make up the SWAI score:

20 points (10 points each)


Cumulative GPA (2.0 – 2.49) = 10 points 

Two letters of references (on letterhead identifying the writer of the reference)

Quality of Narrative Statement

  • Excellent = 40 points 
  • Good = 30 points 
  • Fair = 20 points 

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Student membership in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) = 5 points
  • NCCU Social Work Society = 15 points 

*Note:  Effective Fall 2015, the SWAI score will no longer be used.  Applicants to the BSW program will need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be formally admitted to the BSW Program

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