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Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in Virginia State University’s Department of Social Work BSW Program. 

Consistent with the CSWE Accreditation Standards, the BSW Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience. This program policy statement may be found in the Social Work Program Student Handbook on page 38.

Admissions Requirements for the BSW Program

  • To be considered for admission to the BSW Program, all prospective social work students will be advised by the Chair of the Department of Social Work upon notification from the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) or the Registrar’s Office that they are a sophomore and a declared social work major, and then assigned to a social work faculty advisor.
  • All transfer students must contact the Chair of the Social Work Department regarding their interest or their intentions prior to submitting their application to the BSW Social Work Program.  An advisor will be assigned to transfer students once accepted in the Social Work Program.
  • Dr. Gwen Thornton, Social Work Department Chair, may be contacted at

Change of Major

  • Applicants transferring from another major to the Department of Social Work should contact the Social Work Department Chair and complete Change of Major form.
  • An official Change of Major Form should be completed and signed by the Chair from the Department the student if transferring from as well as the signature of the Social Work Department Chair.
  • Change of Major forms must not be submitted prior to the Social Work Department Chair approval.
  • Students who are interested in changing their major to Social Work is advised to change their major prior to the second semester of their sophomore year.
  • Students transferring from another major to Social Work must have an overall 2.5 GPA.

Upon admission to the University, all Social Work majors are classified as pre-professional. To apply for professional status, the following requirements must be met.

Requirements for Admission to Social Work Program

To apply for professional status, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of the general education curriculum and the required pre-requisite social work courses, SOWK 210 – Introduction to Generalist Social Work Practice, SOWK 260 – Introduction to Social Welfare History and STAT 210 – Elementary Statistics – 9 credit hours).
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Presentation of the application [neat, spelling, grammar, etc.]
  • Completed Application for Admission to the BSW program, includes the following:
    • Three (3) Letters of Reference that reflect the student’s learning, commitment to work, learn and follow directions; and potential to become a social worker.
      • A reference from two (2) previous or current professors or instructor.
      • A reference from a supervisor from a current of pass volunteer experience.
      • Please submit all letters of reference to
    • Results of criminal background/sex offender background report.  The application is available at  (Please note that you will need to either use Firefox or Chrome to access the website). Students must create a Certified Profile account.  To establish a student certified account, you must to PLACE ORDER and enter VSU BSW Program package code  VB28
  • Three references (2 professors & 1 volunteer supervisor)
  • Deadline for Application is February 28th

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