Bachelor of Social Work Program
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The School of Social Work offers the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The BSW degree prepares beginning generalist social work professionals for social work practice within a liberal arts education.
Graduates of the undergraduate social work program receive a BSW degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, which is fully accredited by the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities, the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council on Social Work Education.
The School of Social Work reflects the commitment of the social work profession to encourage diversity both in our society and in the profession. This commitment thus seeks the development of a community of students and faculty that reflects the diversity of our regional community.
Students must submit an application by the
with a rolling admissions after the deadline. Students must be admitted to the program in order to be designated as a Social Work major and eligible to register for the next sequence of social work courses. Any applications after the March 1st deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.
Admission to the BSW degree program requires:
1. Completion of 45 credit hours
2. An overall UNCW GPA of at least a 2.50 for current UNCW students. Transfer students must have a GPA of at least a 2.50 to be admitted to UNCW.
3. We prefer that a student has completed the following required 13 hours of collateral courses prior to admission:
Required for admission to SWK 320:
- BIO 105 (BIO 160 or BIO 201) (4)
- SOC 105 (3)
- PSY 105 (3)
Required for admission to SWK 335:
- PLS 101 (3)
4. We would also prefer that a student has taken or is enrolled in SWK 235: Introduction to Social Work and the Social Welfare System at the time of the application (
All SWK courses require a grade of "C" or better for successful completion
5. All students must meet University and School of Social Work admission requirements to continue in the program. Students must read the BSW Student Handbook for a more detailed discussion concerning the BSW program and the application process.
1. You must be a fully-admitted UNCW student with an active UNCW Student ID number to submit this application.
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Date of application:
Select the location you are applying to:
University of North Carolina Wilmington - Main Campus in Wilmington, NC
University of North Carolina Wilmington - Extension Site in Jacksonville, NC
Have you previously applied to the BSW program?
UNCW Email Address:
If you are employed, how many hours on average are you working per week?
Students are encouraged to have completed or enrolled in the following Collateral/Intro courses prior to applying to the BSW program. A grade of “C” or better in each course is required for graduation.
Please check which of the following Collateral/Intro courses you have completed:
BIO 105 or BIO 160
The following questions address potential criminal convictions. We request this information solely to
determine implications for field placement and career issues. Admissions decisions may be based on whether a student has any criminal violations. Your responses may be viewed by admissions staff, School of Social Work faculty and the Office of the Dean of Students.
If you answer yes to either of the questions below, please explain in your written statement (next question).
Have you ever been found guilty of a felony?
Have you ever been found guilty of a misdemeanor?
Please submit a statement that answers the following questions.
This should be at least one full page.
1. What life circumstances or other events and concepts led to your decision to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work degree?
2. What strengths do you have that will be an asset to the BSW program and to the profession of social work?
3. What goals do you have for yourself following the completion of your BSW?
4. If you answered “yes” to having been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, please explain the circumstances and the outcome of the conviction.
Note: The material in your personal statement will be held in confidence and retained in your folder in the School of Social Work files. It will be used to help you begin to focus on your commitments to working with others, to help the faculty better understand the needs and plans of our students, and to help faculty better advise you.
Social Service Resume:
Please list all service-learning, volunteer, and work experience you have had in working with people or social concerns (i.e., summer camps for special children, crisis lines, homeless shelters, scouting leadership or other youth programs, mission trips, political or community activities, etc.). Please give approximate dates. Even if you described your service history in your statement, please include the material on your service resume. Jobs not in a social service (i.e., restaurant jobs, sales positions, etc.) should not be included in this service resume.
Please feel free to include any additional information you think would be important for your faculty to know with your application. We want to give your application the best consideration.
NASW Code of Ethics:
Students should familiarize themselves with every aspect of the BSW Student Handbook prior to submitting the application to the program, and are required to attest on the BSW Application for Admission to the BSW Program that they have read this Handbook, including the NASW Code of Ethics contained herein.
Please copy and paste the following link in your browser to review the
BSW Student Handbook
Note: Completion of this application to the BSW Program does not guarantee admittance into the program. Admission to the BSW program is on a competitive basis, determined by the overall preparedness of the applicants to complete the rigorous BSW curriculum.
By signing your name below, you acknowledge that you have read the Bachelor of Social Work Handbook which includes the NASW Code of Ethics.
prior to submitting the application to the program, and are required to attest on the BSW Application for Admission to the BSW Program that they have read this Handbook, including the NASW Code of Ethics contained herein.