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Admissions Info

All students are responsible for reviewing and knowing the requirements for the Bachelors and Masters of Social Work degrees.

NOTE: The social work program DOES NOT grant academic credit for life experience or previous work experience in lieu of the field practicum or any courses.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program

All students should contact the program's peer/faculty advisor (specific to the student's campus) for assistance with course selection, program planning, and meeting graduation requirements. The peer/faculty advisor’s contact information and office hours can be located under "Advising" on the homepage.

University Studies Requirements for Social Work Major

Degree Works, which can be found through Banner, outlines all general education, depth, and social work program requirements.
Note: Approved University Studies courses and requirements are listed in the General Catalog. The most current listings are shown online at:

http://www.usu.edu/generalcatalog/


Social Work Major Requirements

Minimum GPA for Admission: Social Work Major 2.75, USU 2.5, Career 2.5.

Additional Matriculation Requirements: Students must apply for Advanced Standing in the Social Work major at the end of their sophomore year. Application requirements include: a C or better (C+ in SW 1010) in all prerequisite social work courses and specific University Studies courses, an essay, and a passing score (70% or higher) on the Advanced Placement Test (APT). At the end of the junior year, social work majors apply for the practicum, which requires a passing score (70% or higher) on the Generalist Practice Test (GPT) and a B- or better in all practice classes.

Procedures for Advanced Standing in the Social Work Major: In order to be considered for advanced standing, students must turn in a completed application form by March 1 of the academic year. Applications can be obtained in the Social Work Office, Main 239 or online. At the end of spring semester, when the criteria for advanced standing have been met, eligible students will be ranked according to their grade point average, personal statement, performance on the APT, and faculty evaluation. The highest ranking students will be admitted to advanced standing, which will allow them to enroll in upper-division practice courses.

To be considered for advanced standing, students must meet the following minimum criteria:
1. Completion of the following courses with a C or better: ANTH 1010 (BSS), BIOL 1010 (BLS), ENGL 1010 (CL1) and 2010 (CL2), FCHD 1500 (BSS), PSY 1010 (BSS), SOC 1010 (BSS), and SW 2100 and 2400.
2. Completion of SW 1010 with a grade of C+ or better.
3. Junior status (61-90 credits) upon application.
4. Maintenance of a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in social work classes.
5. No Pass-D-Fail grades in courses required for the major.

Students applying for advanced standing will be evaluated on the following:
1. Social Work GPA of 2.75 or higher and minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
2. Personal statement/self-assessment of commitment to and participation in extracurricular and volunteer activities, a discussion of career goals, interests, and aspirations congruent with NASW values and purposes.
3. Quality of written material.
4. A satisfactory score (70% or higher) on the APT.
5. Faculty evaluation of professional use of self in the classroom as indicated by participation and class attendance, and in program associated activities.

Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75, major; 2.0, USU; 2.0, Career.

Minimum Grade Accepted: C+ in SW 1010, B- in SW 3050, 4150, and 4160; C in remaining major courses.

Transfer of Credits: Students who wish to transfer credit from a CSWE-accredited social work program or from a school with which USU has an articulation agreement must submit that transfer credit application to the USU Admissions office. Classes that are 10+ years old cannot ordinarily substitute for a required class. Students cannot substitute life experience/work experience/service for academic credit.

Social Work Major
Students may declare Social Work as their major at any time. All course offerings in social work are open to all social work majors, with the exception of the practice courses (SW 3050, 4150, and 4160) and the field practicum courses (SW 4870 and 5870), which require admission to advanced standing. Social work students are expected to take courses in sequence in order to have the professional foundation knowledge required for each class. Maintenance of a high grade point average is important as students progress through the major and continue on to graduate school. 


 Master of Social Work Program

Advance Standing Program (BSW Required)

MSW Full-Time (1-year) Advanced Standing Program (36 credit hours)

MSW Part-Time (1.5-year) Advanced Standing Program (36 credit hours)


All MSW students must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • A bachelor's degree that will be completed before matriculation in the MSW program

  • A 3.0 or higher grade point average for most recent 60 semester or 90 quarter credits; and SW GPA of 3.3 or higher

  • A score or scores at or above the 40th percentile of the appropriate MSW admissions test, the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Although all MSW applicants must take either the MAT or GRE, those with strong applications may qualify for admission even if their score falls below the 40th percentile.)

  • 3 satisfactory letters of recommendation

  • A personal statement

  • A Supplemental Application & Resume

  • At least one introductory social or behavioral science course AND a research methods OR statistics course

  • A minimum of 21 semester hours of social or behavioral sciences is expected; students deficient in this area will need to be highly qualified in other areas to be considered for admission.

  • A 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission to the MSW program.

 In addition to the above, students who wish to qualify for Advanced Standing status must meet the additional criteria:

  • Hold a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the previous 5 years

  • Earned a B or higher in each undergraduate SW course attempted

  • Have a cumulative SW GPA of 3.3 or higher for all SW courses attempted

 

MSW Full-Time (2-year) Program (60 credit hours)

MSW Part-Time (3-year) Program (60 credit hours)

The MSW program has adopted admissions criteria and procedures that reflect its goals and objectives; the criteria also incorporate the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) requirements for admission to a master's program. The School of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to a master's program are as follows:

  • A bachelor's degree that will be completed before matriculation in the degree program

  • A 3.0 or higher grade point average for most recent 60 semester or 90 quarter credits

  • A score or scores at or above the 40th percentile on the appropriate MSW admissions test, the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) OR the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Although all MSW applicants must take either the MAT or GRE, those with strong applications may qualify for  admission even if their score falls below the 40th percentile)

  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation

  • A personal statement

  • A Supplemental Application & Resume

  • At least one introductory social or behavioral science course AND a research methods OR statistics course

  • A minimum of 21 semester hours of social or behavioral sciences is expected; students deficient in this area will need to be highly qualified in other areas to be considered for admission

  • A 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission to the MSW program