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Bachelor’s in Social Work Admissions

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.

Applying 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

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 listed below:

  • ENGL 101 and 102
  • UF 100 and 200
  • Disciplinary Lens course in Visual and Performing Arts (DLV)
  • Disciplinary Lens course in Literature and Humanities (DLL)
  • Disciplinary Lens course in Mathematics (DLM)
  • Disciplinary Lens course in Biology (DLN) – must take BIOL 100, 191 or 227
  • Second Disciplinary Lens course in Natural, Physical, and Applied Science (DLN)
  • COMM 101
  • POLS 101
  • SOC 230
  • SOC 101
  • PSYC 101
  • ECON 201 or 202
  • SOCWRK 201

Please note, the school does not approve academic credit for prior work or life experience.

Transfer Students

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.

Application Forms

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.