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Professional Programs in Social Work

Admissions Procedures

First Steps

For students considering social work, the faculty strongly recommends that you come to a group advising appointment to find out more about the program, required support courses, and the admissions process. Contact the social work office at (920) 465-2049 or via email at to schedule an appointment.

The Admissions Process

Declaring social work as a major at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay begins with a formal application process. Students who want to choose a social work major usually complete the application process during their sophomore year. Students complete the program in a cohort group, and all students begin the program in the fall semester.

Admissions applications are reviewed two times during the year to admit students for the fall semester. Applications are due by 4:30pm on:

  • February 26, 2016;
  • May 27, 2016.

A few slots are reserved for the MAY admissions date to insure that transfer students have the opportunity to apply and get accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make the February deadline.

Conditions that Applicants Must Meet for Admission

  • Applicants must first be admitted to UW-Green Bay;
  • Applicants must demonstrate they will have completed at least 48 credits or the equivalent (taken at or transferred into UW Green Bay) before beginning social work courses in the fall (note: transcripts must demonstrate this criterion will be met in order to be eligible to apply).
  • Applicants need a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all post high school academic work taken in the last five years;
  • Applicants need to have completed at least four BSW support courses with a “C” average before beginning social work courses in the fall, one of those courses must be ENG COMP 105.

Content of the Electronic Admissions Application

The Admissions Packet includes:

  • Directions asking you to document your work and volunteer history after high school;
  • Directions for completing the personal statement that must accompany the packet;
  • Reference Letter Forms that must be completed by two references (one academic reference and one from a work or volunteer supervisor).
  • Unofficial transcripts of all course work taken at UWGB; All transfer students must submit Unofficial transcripts from previous schools.
Note: The Electronic Admissions Application and Reference Letter Form require Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for free at

It has recently come to our attention that the electronic format of the BSW application is not necessarily compatible with Apple Mac computers. If you are unable to access a PC to submit your application, contact Theresa Mullen at or 920-465-2049 no later than 3:30 on Friday, February 27, 2016. Theresa will provide you with an alternative option for submitting your application.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

Considerations for Admission

The application process is competitive and an admissions cap limits the number of students that can be admitted to the Program. The social work faculty will consider the following criteria when making decisions on admission:

  • Cumulative GPA;
  • Evidence of prior work and volunteer experiences relevant to social work practice;
  • Relevant letters of reference reflecting on your abilities, qualities, and/or previous experiences that are related to social work;
  • Whether your personal statement reflects an understanding of social work and includes professional goals that fit well with social work values and mission;
  • Whether your applications reflects communication and organizational skills that are needed in professional practice.

No Credit for Life Experience

The BSW Program does not give academic credit for life experience or previous work experience, in whole or in part, in lieu of any courses including field practicum.

Further detail on admission policies and procedures is included in the Student Handbook.

Outcome of the Admissions Process

Students are notified about their admissions status within four weeks of the admissions deadline.

Students admitted to the program will be required to complete and submit the Caregiver Background Check & $25 fee within 2 weeks of receiving acceptance letter.

Students admitted to the program will attend a Junior Orientation Meeting prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Students who were not admitted to the program can call for an advising appointment to discuss their application. A student maybe advised to revise and strengthen the application for the summer admissions date or following year's review.