Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BASW)

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The constant changes in our domestic and international environment are ones that continue to directly affect children, families, and communities of all socioeconomic backgrounds, creating a high demand for professionals in the social work field. In fact, the demand for social workers is projected to grow by 22 percent in the current decade.

Earning your bachelor’s degree in social work provides you with the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of others. A degree in social work provides you with a sense of purpose, a range of career options, and the knowledge that you will make a positive impact on the world.

Bachelor's Application

The Undergraduate program in the School of Social Work has a ROLLING ADMISSIONS POLICY. There is no specific deadline for submitting applications.

Suggested Fall Term Deadline: August 1

Suggested Spring Term Deadline: December 1

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School of Social Work Freshman Guarantee

  • Indicate Pre-Social Work on admissions application.
  • Earn a 3.5 grade point average in high school with a 1200 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 26 ACT result.
  • Complete the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) in the School of Social Work with a 3.5 or higher quality point average (QPA).
  • Complete the BASW program at the University of Pittsburgh with an overall 3.0 QPA.
  • Complete the application to the Master of Social Work program.

Bachelor's Qualifications

For admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program (BASW), an applicant must meet the following requirements:

Completion of 60 transferable credits from an accredited undergraduate institution and/or completion of an associate degree program. The distribution of liberal arts credits should be as follows:

  • Humanities 9 crs.
  • Natural Sciences 9 crs.
  • Social Sciences 9 crs.
  • Other courses (preferably in the social sciences) 33 crs.

Credits awarded through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) by the College of General Studies are counted toward the 60 credits.

Minimum of 2.5 QPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with QPAs below 2.5 may be considered for admission under provisional status.

Academic and field-education credits are not granted in the BASW program for life, volunteer, or employment experience.