BASW: Admissions Requirements

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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 11 percent between 2018 and 2028.

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.

Consistent with the Council on Social Work Education's, Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards, the School of Social Work does not grant course or field credit, transfer credit, or exemptions for prior life, volunteer, or employment experience.

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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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.

School of Social Work Freshman Guarantee

  • A separate application is not necessary for consideration. When you submit your undergraduate application for admission, you can either select “Pre-Social Work” as your Intended Field of Study in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, or select “Social Work” in the Guaranteed Admission Program dropdown box on the Undergraduate Application for Admission. Only freshmen are eligible for the guarantee.
  • Earn a 3.5 grade point average in high school with a 1270 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 27 ACT Composite score.
  • Students have two options:


  • Complete the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) in the School of Social Work with a 2.5 or higher quality point average (QPA). The BASW program is an upper division program beginning in the junior year offered at the Pittsburgh campus only.
  • Complete the BASW program with an overall 3.0 QPA.
  • Complete the application to the Masters of Social Work program.

Option 2

  • Complete your undergraduate degree at a regional campus with a minimum of a 3.0 QPA.
  • Have completed no less than 30 credits in both liberal arts and social sciences and a 3-credit course in statistics.
  • Complete the application to the Masters of Social Work program.