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4+1 BSSW/MSW Program


Are you a high school student who is interested in becoming a social worker? Did you know that social workers are the largest mental health service providers, more than psychologists and psychiatrists combined? Social work is for compassionate people wanting to help others who are struggling. The Ohio State University’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work prepares you for generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. We develop leaders in social work whose practice promotes professional values and ethics and demonstrates commitment to difference and diversity.

Completing a Master in Social Work (MSW) degree commands a higher salary and enables you to pursue an area of emphasis in medical social work, school social work, mental health and substance abuse, aging and health, child and youth services, or community and social justice.

Apply for admission to both the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) and the Master in Social Work (MSW) program in one streamlined process. Admitted 4+1 students are guaranteed admission to Ohio State’s MSW Advanced Standing Alternative Program (ASAP) pending successful completion of undergraduate requirements. The MSW Program application fee and the Graduate School deposit will be waived for admitted 4+1 students.

Eligibility Requirements:
1) Must be a high school senior
2) Must complete the online 4+1 application by the published deadline
3) Must be admitted to The Ohio State University Columbus campus for the upcoming Autumn semester

Application Process:
Applications open August 1, 2020 for incoming Autumn 2021 freshmen students. You do not need to be admitted to The Ohio State University in order to apply to the 4+1 BSSW/MSW program. However, an acceptance offer to 4+1 program is contingent upon admission to The Ohio State University Columbus campus. A 4+1 application is not an application to Ohio State. Similarly, the Common Application is not an application to the 4+1 program. We do not have access to your Common Application Personal Essay. The personal statement we require as part of your 4+1 application is separate but may overlap, if applicable, with your Common Application Personal Essay.

To apply to the 4+1 BSSW/MSW program application for Autumn 2021, please submit the following to the online application:

1) Essay
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Application Deadline for Autumn 2021:
4+1 BSSW/MSW Application Deadline is June 1, 2021.

Review Process:
Completed 4+1 applications will be reviewed by the College of Social Work Admissions Committee. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

If you are interested in the 4+1 Program, please contact

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