CHHS Student Success Center


BSW Program Admissions

The School of Social Work is committed to assisting all entering students to evaluate career goals and objectives to ensure that students meet minimum academic standards and have an understanding of the philosophy and value base of the social work profession. An admissions procedure is intended to strengthen the student's certainty regarding this career choice and to enhance the student's focus and sense of purpose in curriculum planning. The first step in admission to social work program is to contact the school office located in McNeill Hall 3101, at 910-962-3872.

Declaring Social Work as your Major:


Students must meet UNCW requirements for declaration of a major*

*No credit is given for life experience.
During freshmen and sophomore years, while at PSWK status, (during junior year) students must be enrolled in, or have already completed the collateral courses (Intro to Psych-PSY 105, Intro to Soc-SOC 105, BIO 105 or 160, and American Gov-PLS-PLS 101) with a grade of "C" or better.
Students are granted Pre-Social Work (PSWK) major status upon meeting UNCW major declaration requirements. Additionally, minimal criteria for admission is 2.5 cumulative GPA and 45 earned college credit hours.
Students ready to apply to become a
BSW full major (2.5 cumulative GPA
and 45 earned credit hours) must
complete an application for admission into the School of Social Work. Please attend to the deadlines as posted on the School of Social Work website.

Provisional Admissions:

Students with an overall grade point average below a 2.50 at UNCW but above a 2.0, or students who are not accepted based on other factors, may apply for provisional or conditional admission. Any student granted provisional admission must have a high probability of obtaining an overall grade point average of 2.50 within one semester from the time of provisional admission and before they can be admitted into the Field Practicum, which is required for completing the baccalaureate degree in social work (BSW).

Students considered for provisional admission will meet with the BSW Program Coordinator to evaluate the probability of their obtaining the required grade point average to be admitted into the BSW Program and to be retained as a social work major. A contractual arrangement is made between the student and the School of Social Work.

For more information, please contact Noell Rowan, BSW Program Coordinator for the School of Social Work.