BSW Admission & Application

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When Do I Apply?

The priority deadline for admission into the Fall Cohort is February 15.  A secondary deadline for for new transfer students is August 1.  Students already admitted to UMD can still apply before the August 1 deadline, however program admission for these students is limited.  Students can anticipate a response to their application within 3 weeks of the deadline.

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 the Admissions website.

Students are welcome to contact the BSW Program Director to review eligibility before applying: Sandra van den Bosse at [email protected]. Please review eligibility and application requirements below.

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Eligibility to Apply

  • Current UMD student
  • 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 details on which courses qualify for transfer, visit the transfer guides webpage.
  • UST 1000: UMD Seminar (1)
  • Students must have completed the following pre-major courses prior to admission with a 'C' or better. For 2020 to a S/N or C- is allowed:
    • 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) or BIOL 1170: Human Biology
  • Students must also provide evidence of engagement in community service or (volunteer) work.  We understand that because of the pandemic this can be hard and we can make accommodations, please contact the BSW Director Sandra van den Bosse at [email protected] for more information. 

Application Process

Complete these two items to apply:

You might want to review our Frequently Asked Questions about the program and application process before applying.

Application Form

  1. Login to web form using your UMD username and password.
  2. Complete all 5 sections of the application
    • Student Information
    • Prerequisite Coursework
    • Experience and Engagement
    • Letter of Application
    • Disclosures
  3. Click Submit.

Volunteer/work Reference Form

  1. Download the Volunteer Reference form (.docx) to your computer.
  2. Change the file name for the file to include your last name (e.g. Johnson_bsw_volunteer_reference.docx or johnsonbswreference.docx).
  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. Upon admission to the BSW program, your status will change from pre-SW to BSW and you will be placed in the most current catalog year.  Liberal education and minor catalog year(s) will remain unchanged. For more information contact the BSW Director at [email protected]

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