BSW Admission Criteria & Review Process

The School of Social Work invites applicants who meet the criteria below to apply for 2017 admission to the BSW Program (also referred to as Upper Division).  

Early Admission Requirements:

The School of Social Work has established an early admission submission process for highly qualified applicants.  Applicants who are not offered early admission will automatically be given consideration during the traditional May 1st-July 1st application period and do not need to reapply.  Early Admission offers are conditional and will become final when a mid-August audit by the School of Social Work reveals the applicant continues to meet the general BSW Program admission requirements (2.5 GPA, C’s or better in pre-requisites, 60 credit hours, completion of courses outlined on Semesters 1-4 of the BSW advising checklist).

In order to apply for 2017 BSW Program Admission during the Early Admission submission period (February 15,2017-March 15, 2017), the student must meet the criteria below.

1. GPA

The applicant has a cumulative UNC Charlotte GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of application.  Applicants with fewer than 12 credits earned at UNC Charlotte must also have a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.5 or higher.

2. Course Credits

The applicant has earned 60 credits or will have earned 60 credits by the end of the 2017 second summer session.

3. Pre-Requisites

  • The applicant has already completed and earned satisfactory grades (C or better) in BIO 1110, BIO 1110L, POLS 1110, PSYC 1101, STATS 1222, SOCY 1101, SOWK 1101, SOWK 2182 and SOWK 2183 (or enrolled in SOWK 2183 at the time of application).  To clarify, of the pre-requisites for the major, the only course the applicant can be enrolled in is SOWK 2183 to be eligible to apply for Early Admission.  There are no exceptions.
  • The applicant must also be on track for completing all additional courses outline on Semester 1-4 of the social work advising checklist by the end of summer session 2017 (i.e. - LBST courses).

Both sides of the BSW Advising Checklist must be completed, signed by the applicant’s advisor, and uploaded with the application as verification that the applicant has met the above eligibility criteria to apply for Early Admission.

Traditional Admission Requirements:

In order to apply for 2017 BSW Program Admission during the Traditional Admission submission period (May 1,2017-July 1, 2017), you must meet the criteria below:

1. GPA

The applicant must a cumulative UNC Charlotte GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of application.  Applicants with fewer than 12 credits earned at UNC Charlotte must also have a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher.

2. Course Credits

The applicant has earned 60 credits or will have earned 60 credits by the end of the 2017 second summer session.

3. Pre-Requisites

  • The applicant has already completed or will have completed by August 2017 and earned satisfactory grades (C or better) in BIO 1110, BIO 1110L, POLS 1110, PSYC 1101, STATS 1222, SOCY 1101, SOWK 1101, SOWK 2182 and SOWK 2183 (or enrolled in SOWK 2183 at the time of application). 
  • The applicant must also be on track for completing all additional courses outline on Semester 1-4 of the social work advising checklist by the end of second summer session 2017 (i.e. - LBST courses).

Both sides of the BSW Advising Checklist must be completed, signed by the applicant’s advisor, and uploaded with the application as verification that the applicant has met the above eligibility criteria to apply for Traditional Admission.

Applicants for Traditional Admission can be enrolled in summer courses at the time of application.  However, admission offers are conditioned upon verification of the satisfactory completion of the courses outlined on the first four semesters of the Social Work advising checklist and a GPA of 2.5.  

Due to space limitations, not all students who are eligible to apply will be admitted. 

The Application Review Process for 2017:

The following are giving consideration in the review process.

  1. Grades and GPAs including from transfer institutions
  2. Prior paid or voluntary human services related experience in such areas as leadership, advocacy, and community engagement
  3. Written essay where students have an opportunity to demonstrate their writing skills, ability to self-reflect, and their understanding of professional social work values - The writing prompts for the essay can be found in the application and under the "How to Apply" tab.

Using the above criteria, students who the BSW Admissions Committee determines to have the strongest applications will be selected until all available seats are filled.  

The admission process is competitive.  The average GPA of students admitted to Upper Division has ranged for the past two years from 3.2-3.4.  Most admitted students are A or A/B students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. An overwhelming majority of admitted students have earned A's in SOWK 1101 and SOWK 2182.  

Students accepted into Upper Division will be progress into the Upper Division course sequence in the major.  Students not accepted into Upper Division are encouraged to meet with their Lower Division CHHS academic advisor for further academic planning.  Students not accepted into Upper Division may reapply the following year. However, this may delay time to graduation and is not typically recommended.  Those who do not continue in the BSW major have the option of declaring another major at the University.

Note: Academic credit is not given in the program for life experience, nor is life experience part of the admission decision making process.