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BSW Application Material

Application to the BSW program are available beginning September 1 and due October 1 for fall applicants and beginning February 1 and due March 1 for spring applicants.

When submitting the application packet, do not place documents in separate covers.  Material should be submitted in a pocket folder with your name and application submission date (i.e., semester and year) in the upper right-hand corner.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Mrs. Laura Armstrong, MSW, LCSW, BSW Progam Director (effective January 1, 2019) at (919) 530-6954 or larmstr6@nccu.edu or Dr. Blenda Crayton, Chair, Department of Social Work at (919) 530-7329 or send an email to bcrayton@nccu.edu.

Application Material Checklist

  • Application
  • Personal Narrative
  • Professional Résumé
  • Essay 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial copy acceptable) 
  • Criminal Background Information
  • BSW Plan of Study

Submit completed package to Mr. Douglas McDowell, Administrative Support Associate- Miller Morgan Building, Suite 202; contact him at (919) 530-7596. 

Explanation Of Application Materials

Application - The application should be legibly (a typed application is preferred) and completed with no information left blank.

Professional Résumé (Effective Fall 2015) - The professional resume should include information regarding work, and community/volunteer experience.

Narrative Statement - The narrative should be between 250-300 words. You should discuss why you have chosen social work as your career goal. Your discussion should describe the experiences that influenced your decision to become a social worker; the personal attributes that may help you become a professional helping person, and your area(s) of interest (e.g., child welfare, school social work, mental health, etc.). The narrative should be typed following the APA style of writing (e.g., doubled-space, 12 font size, and Times New Roman font style). Be sure to sign your name at the bottom of the narrative statement.

Two Letters of Recommendation - The letters of recommendation should be written on letterhead and speak to the writer’s knowledge of your potential in becoming a social worker. All letters should be signed by the writer.

Transcript - A copy of the NCCU transcript should be included. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Applicants should have a recorded cumulative GPA or at least one semester at NCCU before making application to the BSW program.

Essay  - One of the core competencies in the BSW program is “Engage diversity and difference in practice.”

“Social workers understand how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity. The dimensions of diversity are understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. Social workers appreciate that, as a consequence of difference, a person’s life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation as well as privilege, power, and acclaim.” (CSWE, Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, 2015).

Write a two page paper (APA format) discussing your experiences/interactions with individuals who are different from you.  Be clear and thoughtful in your discussion. 

BSW Plan Study - Include the BSW plan of study in your application packet. Highlight the courses you have satisfied and the courses you are enrolled in at the time you are making application to the BSW program. At the top of the plan of study, list your advisor’s name and if you are in the University College.

Criminal Background Check Information

This is for your information. Some field practicum agencies have special requirements that they must adhere to in order to determine the student’s eligibility for that particular agency placement.  One of the requirements might be a criminal background check. This is especially true when students will be working with children, older adults, and within the criminal justice system. If you feel the need to discuss this matter in greater detail contact Director of Field Education Ms. H. Dionne Moore at (919) 530-6272.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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