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Division of Social Work

Division of Social Work

BSW Admissions

BSW Admissions

If you are  interested in the earning a social work degree, you should declare the major which ensures you will be assigned a social work faculty advisor.
Your advisor will assist you in preparing for formal admission to the BSW program.

Enrollment in the BSW program requires formal admission to the Indiana School of Social Work.  This can occur at the earliest after you have completed SWK S 141, Introduction to Social Work, and at the latest after you have completed S141, S102, S221 and S251. The following are the minimum requirements for formal admission to the program:

  • Regular admission to Indiana University Northwest.
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours.  Although we encourage early application, students  in their junior or senior year (60-90 credit hours) may also apply.
  • Satisfactory completion (grade of C or better) of the required course, S141 Introduction to Social Work.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of the Application for Admission to the BSW Program packet (see links below)
  • Evidence of characteristics or potential required of competent social work practitioners as defined in the mission statement of the School.  Such evidence may be derived from application materials, letters of reference, pertinent work or volunteer experience, and performance in S141 Introduction to Social Work.


Applications must be received by the Monday after Thanksgiving to be considered for the following spring semester and the Monday after spring break to be considered for the following fall semester.  Applications received after these dates may be reviewed depending upon availability for spaces in the program but are not guaranteed review for the following semester.