BSW Admission Standards and Procedures

 

Admission

 

Students interested in majoring in social work must complete a  two-step admission process.

1.  Application for admission to the University:   Students must be accepted into the University by the Admissions Office.  Go to:  www.southernct.edu/admissions for the application (and information for transfer students, if relevant).

2.  Application is made for admission to the Department of Social Work  in the spring semester prior to the fall semester in which students anticipate enrolling in 300 level social work courses.  Click here for the application for admission to the Department of Social Work.

The Department of Social Work priority admissions deadline is March 1.  The final application deadline each year is June 1.

Transfer Students - Important Notes:

Students who plan to apply to both SCSU and the BSW Program for a Fall semeter date may need to complete both admission processes simultaneously.

For optimal consideration for acceptance into the program, you must express your intent to apply prior to the March 1 priority admissions deadline by emailing Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes, BSW Coordinator:  rodriguezke1@southernct.edu

ALL students who plan to apply to the program MUST notify the BSW Coodinator of their intent to apply prior to the March 1 deadline to:  1) review prerequisite and application requirements, and 2) receive optimal consideration of their application.  For current Southern students, this can be part of the advising appointment for the spring semester courses.  For transfer students, your intent must be made by email, followed by a phone or in person appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes (contact information below).

Eligibility Criteria for Acceptance:  To be accepted into the program and given permission to enroll in 300 level and above social work courses, all social work prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester in which the application is submitted:  

  1. Completion of 57 credits of university requirements and cognate courses.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 and good standing with the University.
  3. Successful completion of SWK 200 or its equivalent with a minimum grade of B.
  4. Successful completion of ENG 112 and MAT 107 or course equivalents.

Admission is competitive, with a GPA of 2.5 being the minimum considered for acceptance.  Qualified applicants may not be accepted because enrollment caps are based on Social Work Department resources.  Applications are accepted once a year.

GPA, as well as other pre-admission criteria, will be used as a way of evaluating students for acceptance into the social work program.  These may include, but are not limited to: completion of prerequisite courses, personal essay, and an evaluation of student's program plan for completion of remaining university requirements.  Consistent with SCSU admission requirements, preference is given to those candidates who, in the judgment of Social Work Department faculty, present through academic and personal qualifications the greatest potential for program success.  Those students who meet eligibility criteria at the time of the priority admissions deadline will be accepted provisionally so long as those criteria continue to be met a the end of the spring semester.

After a determination is made concerning the student's readiness to enter the program, a formal letter of acceptance is forwarded to the student.  Each student is then assigned to a faculty advisor and a planned program is established. 

Students interested in entering the BSW Program but who do not meet the minimum academic standards are encouraged to reapply.

Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes, BSW Program Coordinator, at rodriguezke1@southernct.edu or 203-392-6543 with any questions.