University of Southern Indiana

Program Admission

Students may declare social work as a pre-major upon enrollment in the University. However, they must submit an application and be accepted into the Bachelor of Social Work program order to continue as a major in the department.

Different rules and restrictions may apply to transfer students and students seeking readmission to the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the undergraduate social work program must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Submission of the complete application packet to the Social Work Department
  • Completion of pre-social work curriculum (42 hours)
    • 12 hours of social work prerequisites, with a GPA of at least 2.75 and a grade no lower than C in each class. (At least two of the courses must have an official grade at the time an application is submitted.)
    • 30 hours of Core 39 courses with a minimum grade of C in six required core courses and a math class at the 100 level or higher. Core restrictions may differ for students entering the University before fall 2014.

A personal interview and/or additional evaluative data may be required of applicants.

Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis. They must meet the minimum course work requirement(s) or their equivalent(s) to be eligible for admission to the program.

Application Materials

To be considered for admission to the social work program, the following application materials must be completed and submitted to the Social Work Department:

Application materials should be submitted to:

BSW Program Director
Social Work Department
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

Contact with questions about admission or the application process.

Procedure and Deadlines

To be eligible for early registration in courses designated for social work majors only, applicants must submit all application materials to the Social Work Department by 4:30 p.m. on January 28

Students who will not have completed at least six hours of social work prerequisiste courses by the January 28 deadline but who wish to be admitted for the fall semester may submit application materials through May 14.

Evaluation Process

Admission decisions for the BSW Program are based on evidence that the applicant:

  1. Meets the GPA requirements
  2. Has completed the required prerequisite classes
  3. Has a commitment to social work values
  4. Has a basic understanding of generalist social work practice
  5. Demonstrates professional behaviors and attitudes
  6. Demonstrates emotional maturity 
  7. Demonstrates stable mental/emotional process
  8. Demonstrates excellent writing skills (The personal statement submitted is evaluated on punctuation, spelling, grammar, syntax, organization and the ability to clearly express ideas).
  9. Demonstrates excellent communication skills
  10. Demonstrates good critical thinking and analytic ability, including evidence of good judgment
  11. Has relevant work and/or volunteer experience
  12. Submits appropriate references (professional/employment/volunteer). Students are encouraged to review the reference form and request references from individuals who will be able to answer the questions. Each category is scored. Submission of references with unable to judge statements will result in a lower score. Acceptable references include:
    1. University faculty members who have taught the student or served as the faculty advisor (Faculty serving on the BSW Admission Committee cannot provide a reference for applicants).
    2. Supervisors - employment or volunteer positions
    3. Individuals with professional knowledge of social work or human service who have provided direct supervision for the applicant.

References from relatives, friends, and family ministers or clergy are considered to be character references, and not appropriate for the BSW application unless the applicant held a paid position of employment or had exceptional volunteer experiences which were supervised by the individual.  

Students are given feedback on the progress of the application throughout the committee process, primarily through e-mail. Information will include a timeline with timeframes on when to expect a letter of notification, orientation & registration schedule. Students are notified of the committee’s decision in writing. An electronic copy may also be sent at the student’s request. Please notify the Social Work Department if you have a change of contact information. All communication is based on information provided on the application.

The committee will make every attempt to notify students of the status of their application by the time priority registration begins. In order to respond in a timely manner the Admission Packet must be complete at the time of submission in order to be eligible for review. Students will be admitted to the program on a conditional or a probationary status. Upon successful completion of all prerequisites, maintaining the required GPAs, completion of Orientation and completion of a national and local criminal history check students will be unconditionally admitted to the program. A student may also be denied admission. Any student who is denied admission may appeal in writing to the Admission Committee. If the appeal is denied by the Admission Committee the applicant may appeal to the Chair of the Social Work Department.

All information submitted during the application process becomes the property of the Social Work Department and will be kept confidential. When a student is officially admitted into the Social Work program, his/her academic progress will be periodically reviewed based on the standards in the BSW Social Work Handbook.  

Indiana Public Law 11-1994 (Sexual Offender Law) and BSW Admission 

In order to fully comply with Indiana Public Law 11-1994, the University will conduct a criminal history check specific to convictions for sex offenses against children for students requesting admission to the Social Work Program. This check will be conducted at the point of admission and upon entering each field placement. A student who has been convicted of sex offenses against children as identified in P.L. 11-1994 will not be granted admission to or allowed to continue in the Social Work Program.

Individuals who were convicted of such crimes outside of the state of Indiana are required to report their intent to reside more than seven days in an area within Indiana to local law enforcement authorities having jurisdiction in the area of intended residence.  


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