Bachelor’s in social work recipients practice in a variety of social welfare settings, and with a variety of populations. The School of Social Work welcomes diversity and invites interest and applications from those who seek to participate in a profession committed to helping people.
Bachelor’s in Social Work Admission Requirements
Courses required for eligibility in the bachelor’s in social work program must be completed with a grade of C or higher. SOCWRK 101 and 201 must be completed with a grade of B or better.
A minimum GPA of 2.5, or a minimum GPA of 2.8 from the two previous full-time semesters is required at the time of application. In order to maintain candidacy status once admitted, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in required social work courses.
Typically, students accepted into the program have completed between 78 and 80 total credits. Students may apply for upper-division status during the semester in which they are completing the required foundational studies and other prerequisite courses.
BSW Program Prerequisite Courses
|Course Prefix||Course Number or Description|
|DLV||Disciplinary Lens course in Visual and Performing Arts|
|DLL||Disciplinary Lens course in Literature and Humanities|
|DLM||Disciplinary Lens course in Mathematics|
|DLN||Disciplinary Lens course in Biology - must take BIOL 100, 191 or 227|
|DLN||Second Disciplinary Lens course in Natural, Physical, and Applied Science|
|ECON||201 or 202|
Please note, the school does not approve academic credit for prior work or life experience.
The School of Social Work recommends that students who intend to transfer to Boise State meet with an academic advisor before they transfer. Students transferring from the College of Southern Idaho or the Treasure Valley Community College will have completed all required course work to apply for upper division social work program; to streamline the process, Boise State has established equivalency agreements with both institutions.
Apply to the Bachelor’s in Social Work Program
Students who wish to enroll in the bachelor’s in social work program must first apply and be accepted to upper-division status for the bachelor’s in social work. The school reviews and approves applications for admission to upper-division status each October and March. Applications for students to begin upper-division coursework in the spring semester should apply by the first Friday of October. To begin upper-division courses in the fall semester, students should apply by the first Friday of March.
Admission to candidacy for the degree is determined by faculty evaluation of a student’s application. Applications are also judged by the following criteria:
- Quality of written statement
- Recommendation letters
- Quality and quantity of work/volunteer experience in the human services
- Overall presentation (look/feel) of application
- Criminal background
Students should review and complete the academic checklist and appropriate four-year plan with an academic advisor before applying. Applicants must also complete a background check and two letters of recommendation.
Before filling out the application, please use the accompanying “BSW Application Materials” table to be sure that you have all your application materials ready – the application must be completed in one session, and you will not be able to revise the application once it is submitted.
When you are ready to fill out the application, click the “Apply Now” button to be taken to the online form.
BSW Application Materials
|Item||Description||Required for Application|
|Application Instructions||Detailed instructions for the application process -- includes student essay guidelines.||Yes|
|Academic Checklist||Checklist used for advising purposes -- it is recommended all applicants meet with a major advisor to complete this before applying to the BSW program. See the undergraduate advising page for more information.||No|
|BSW 4-Year Plan, Plan A||Example course listing for students who apply for a fall semester.||No|
|BSW 4-Year Plan, Plan B||Example course listing for students who apply for a spring semester.||No|
|Letter of Recommendation Form||Form provided for applicant's references to complete alongside letters of recommendation.||Yes|
|Background Check Procedure||Instructions for background check processing through CastleBranch. Must be completed before the application deadline -- do not include a copy of the the background check in your application, our reviewers will see it through a secured system once it has been processed.||Yes|
|Notary Forms||Forms which must be completed and notarized as part of the BSW application: Criminal & Substantiated Abuse History Disclosure; Verification of Candor and Accuracy; and Ethical Statement.|
The School of Social Work currently has two notaries available during office hours to help applicants complete these documents.
|Student Essays||Two student essays are required for the BSW application. Detailed essay guidelines can be found in the "Application Instructions" document.||Yes|
|Unofficial Transcript||A PDF copy of Boise State unofficial transcript -- this document can be generated in the Student Center through MyBoiseState.|
Transfer students should include their unofficial Boise State transcript once all credits from other institutions have been included. Applicants with additional transcript documentation should speak to an advisor.