School of Social Work Admission Requirements

The minimum criteria for enrollment in Social Work courses are consistent with University policies. Students are eligible for formal admission to the Social Work Program if they are currently enrolled in and in good standing at the University. When declaring Social Work as a major, the student must make formal application for admission into the program. Students are required to submit a formal application to the program accompanied by two pages of handwritten autobiographical information. The application and guidelines for the autobiographical sketch are available in the Division of Social Work and Criminal Justice. Applicants for admission are required to meet the following standards:

  • Have completed SOW 201 (Career Choices in the Human Service Professions), SOW 310 (Foundations of Social Work), or its equivalent with a grade of "C" or better;
  • Have earned a 2.2 cumulative grade point average or better; and
  • Have demonstrated competency in oral communication during an interview with Social Work faculty members.

Applications are reviewed by the Social Work Admissions Committee, and decisions are given to applicants in writing. Transfer students may be admitted under provisions of articulation agreements. Applicants may be admitted provisionally with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.2 in cases where the Committee concurs that there is demonstrated potential for academic success. However, minimum requirements for provisional admission include a grade of at least "C" in ENG 101 and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. It is expected that those who are admitted on a provisional basis will attain a 2.2 grade point average by the end of their first semester in the program.

Dismissal Procedures

Students may be dismissed from the Social Work Program at any time based upon one or both of the following:

  • Unsatisfactory academic progress;
  • Disciplinary action by the Division against the student because of conduct that would indicate character weaknesses of such nature as to make the student unfit for the Social Work profession


Dr. Mindy Brooks-Eaves