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ADMISSION TO THE SOCIAL WORK MAJOR 

The College of Social Work admits students to the major for fall semesters only, because major courses are offered one time per year and junior major courses commence in fall semesters. In general, the application materials to the major are available beginning the 10th week of fall semester. Applications are reviewed and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, up until the start of the following fall semester or until the major has reached maximum capacity. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following standards: 

  • academic record
  • composition and content of a personal statement
  • evidence of emotional and professional readiness to work with clients
  • work and/or volunteer experiences related to social work
  • enrollment capacity

CAREER ACCELERATION PLAN (CAP)

Select students may be eligible to pursue an advanced program to quickly complete the BSSW in three semesters.


APPLYING IS EASY

Congratulations! You have decided to apply to be a major in the College of Social Work, one of the most prestigious social work schools in the nation and the longest, continuously accredited social work program in the United States. Our application process is designed to allow you to outline your motivation to enter the social work profession and increase the likelihood of a good match between you and the major. In order to apply to the Social Work major, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the following pre-major course work prior to beginning the social work major in autumn semester:
    • Biology 1102
    • English 1110
    • Math Placement Level R or higher or Math 1075
    • Psychology 1100
    • Social Work 1100 or equivalent, 1120, 1130, and 1140
    • Sociology 1101
  • Earn a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative point-hour ratio.
  • Earn a minimum 2.0 pre-major point-hour ratio after completion of the required pre-major courses.
  • Complete a Personal Statement.
  • Submit a Degree Audit.

INSTRUCTIONS

CURRENT OSU STUDENTS AND STUDENTS TRANSFERRING FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE

All future social work major students must complete the major application. If you are transferring into the social work major from another university or college, you must complete the application process to The Ohio State University as well as to the College of Social Work.

The application to the social work major for the 2018-2019 academic year will open November 1, 2017. Applicants will need to submit the following to the online application:


APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • February 1, 2018: Early Action Deadline
  • June 1, 2018: Regular Decision Deadline

Students who apply by the Early Action Deadline are guaranteed an admissions decision prior to  Autumn 2018 registration window opens.

Please note you may only apply to one campus; students are accepted or denied admittance to the social work major, not to specific campuses. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Students with questions regarding the social work major application process should contact bssw@osu.edu.