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BSW Admission & Application

Department of Social Work

When Do I Apply?

The priority deadline for admission into the Fall 2019 Cohort is February 24, 2019.  A secondary deadline for students who didn't apply before the priority deadline and for new transfer students is July 14, 2019. Any applications submitted after the secondary deadline will be reviewed for the following year's cohort.

Admission to the program is competitive; early applications are strongly encouraged. Prospective transfer students must first be admitted to UMD (and have paid all fees) before applying to the BSW major and have transcripts submitted for review. To apply to UMD, please visit:

Students are encouraged to contact the BSW Program Director to review eligibility before applying: Sandra van den Bosse at Review eligibility and application requirements below.

  • Overall GPA of at least a 2.5 (including transfer-work)
  • Completion of at least 30 credits by the end of Spring Semester prior to beginning the BSW Program or completion of an AA degree. For transfer guides, please click here.
    • 18 credits of pre-major requirements and 12 credits of other liberal education courses
  • Students must have completed the following pre-major courses prior to admission with a 'C' or better:
    • WRIT 1120: College Writing (3)
    • SW 1000: Introduction to Social Welfare (3)
      • Transfer students can enroll in SW 1000 during the summer or first semester of the BSW program.  This course may be an on-campus class.
    • PSY 1003: General Psychology (4)
    • SOC 1101: Introduction to Sociology (4)
    • BIOL 1001: Biology & Society (4) or PSY 2021: Developmental Psychology (4)
  • Students must also provide evidence of engagement in community service or volunteer work.  For some ideas on where to volunteer, see this Google Document.

Complete these 2 required forms to apply: 1). Application and 2). Volunteer/work Reference

Read our Frequently Asked Questions about the program and application process.

Application Form:  

  1. Download the Application to your computer.
  2. Change the file name to include your last name (e.g. Modin_bsw_application_2019.doc)
  3. Complete the application and save the file.
  4. To submit your application:
    • Login to Workflow Gen
    • Upload your completed application file by clicking 'Browse'
    • Click 'Add' (on the right)
    • Click 'Submit'

Volunteer Reference Form:

  1. Download the Volunteer Reference form to your computer.
  2. Change the file name for the file to include your last name (e.g. Modin_bsw_volunteer_reference2019.doc).
  3. Complete the first portion of the form and save the file.
  4. Email the form to your reference and ask them to complete it. When they've completed it, they will email it to the Social Work Department. The Social Work Department will NOT accept completed volunteer reference forms directly from the student; they must be submitted directly from the reference.

The BSW Director will notify applicants by email of admission to the program in March 2019 (for the priority deadline) and August 2019 (summer deadline).