BSW Upper Division Admission

Thank you for your interest in the BSW Upper Division Program at UNC Charlotte. Applications may be submitted through the "Apply Now" link below during the Upper Division application period of February 1st to July 1st each year.

THE APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR FALL 2022 UPPER DIVISION

Students who declare social work as their major are designated in Banner as pre-social work majors, also referred to as being in ​Lower Division​.  Students in Lower Division apply to and matriculate into Upper Division to complete the requirements for the BSW degree. Students admitted to Upper Division will have their major code changed in Banner to SOWK. Below is the criteria used for admission to Upper Division and an overview of the selection process.
 

Criteria Used for Admission to BSW Upper Division

  • ​Minimum GPA​ as evidenced in DegreeWorks
    • Cumulative​ UNC​ Charlotte​ GPA ​of​ 2.5​ or​ higher​ by the start of Upper Division. ​Applicants​​ with​ fewer​ than​ 12​ credits ​earned​ at​ UNC​ Charlotte ​must​ also​ have​ a cumulative ​transfer​ GPA​ of ​2.5​ or ​higher.
  • ​​Course​ Credits and ​Prerequisites as evidenced in DegreeWorks
    • The​ applicant​ has​ earned ​60​ credits​ or​ will​ have ​earned​ 60 ​credits ​by the start of Upper Division.  
    • The​ applicant​ has​​ already​ completed​ or​ will​ have​ completed​ by​ August​​ and earned​ satisfactory​ grades​ (C​ or​ better)​ in​ BIOL ​1110,​ BIOL ​1110L, ​POLS ​1110, ​PSYC ​1101, STAT 1222,​ SOCY​ 1101,​ SOWK ​1101,​ SOWK ​2182​ and​ SOWK​ 2183​. 
    • The ​applicant​ should be on track for completing all general education requirements (i.e. - LBST courses, math) by the start of Upper Division. Applicants​ ​can ​be ​enrolled ​in spring and ​summer ​courses ​at ​the ​time ​of ​the application. 
  • Resume
  • Essay - 4-5 double-spaced pages; APA 7th edition format
    • Please discuss your reasons for seeking admission into the BSW Program and your career goals.
    • Describe a social problem of concern to you.  Include research that helps the reader better understand the problem.  
    • Social workers practice with diverse groups.  What groups may challenge you because of either your personal values, attitudes, and/or experience and how will you handle this?
    • Based on your previous volunteer and/or employment experience related to social work, discuss what you did to ensure that you helped and did not cause harm to those you served.
Admission ​offers ​are​ conditioned​ upon​ verification in August of ​the​ satisfactory​ completion ​program prerequisites, general education requirements, and a ​GPA ​of 2.5. 
 
Occasionally, in an effort to help students stay on track for a timely graduation, students may be admitted who do not meet all of the above criteria (i.e. - missing a prerequisite).  If an exception is made, the student must be able to outline a plan for completing the requirement(s).
 

Application Submission Timeline: Applications are accepted February 1st - July 1st annually

 

Overview of Application and Selection Process

The application process for Upper Division is competitive and not all applicants who meet the minimum criteria for admission will be accepted. Applications are submitted electronically between February 1st and July 1st of each year through a form located on an application page found on the School of Social Work website.  Applications are reviewed by the BSW Admissions Committee which is composed of full-time social work faculty members who regularly teach in or administratively support the BSW program. Additional faculty members and staff may also review components of the application. The following materials are submitted: Application form, resume, essay, and transcripts from any colleges attended other than UNC Charlotte if the information is not in DegreeWorks. Application elements (academic preparation, experience, and essay prompts) are scored using a BSW Application Rating Rubric which is based on a point system. Competitive applicants (those with highest scores) are selected until all seats are filled.  ​Applicants are notified of the decision of admission or denial on a rolling basis, but no later than August 1st, via an attached letter sent to their University email address. There is not a waitlist for Upper Division. Applicants who have been offered admission to the BSW Program and who wish to accept the offer will need to submit their electronic ​enrollment form by the deadline identified in the acceptance letter.  If​ the​ form ​is ​not ​returned ​by the deadline, it will be assumed that the student has declined the offer. Students not accepted into Upper Division are encouraged to meet with their Lower Division CHHS academic advisor for further academic planning. Students not accepted into Upper Division may reapply the following year. However, this may delay time to graduation and is not typically recommended. Those who do not continue in the BSW major have the option of declaring another major at the University.
 

Additional Information for Applicants

  • Academic credit is not given for life experience, nor is life experience part of the admission rating rubric. ​This ​​is​ communicated ​to​ applicants​ via ​the​ School​ of​ Social​Work​ website and student handbooks.
  • Applicants with past convictions who are offered admission and opt to enroll would be doing so with the understanding that this background could be a potential barrier to graduation or future employment. The BSW Program does make every effort to assist students with a positive criminal background check in finding​ field​ placements.
  • Persons with disabilities who need assistance in the admission process must contact the School of Social Work to request such assistance a minimum of fifteen days prior to the application deadline. The applicant will be connected with the Office of Disability Services to request that a staff ​member​ assist ​the ​applicant ​with​ completing ​the ​application.
  • Students who leave the major in good standing or are dismissed from the program and wish to return can contact the BSW Program Director for guidance related to readmission.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions about the BSW Program at UNC Charlotte, please view our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you still have further questions, please contact sswadmissions@uncc.edu.