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Bachelor of Social Work

BSW Admission Procedure/Requirements

Social work students may apply to the professional sequence during the winter of their junior year.  The professional sequence encompasses a series of classes tied to a 450 hour internship in a social service agency.  These classes in conjunction with the internship are designed to provide the professional socialization, knowledge, values, and skills needed for entry level social work practice.  An emphasis on professional practice distinguishes the professional sequence from the other required and elective social work classes.  Students entering the professional sequence are expected to be ready to engage with clients, to practice within the boundaries and scope of the profession and to behave in manners congruent with the profession's values and ethics. While this sequence of classes and internship may be completed in one full-time or two part-time academic years, it is designed to be a culminating experience during the student's senior year. 

Students who meet the following requirements may apply for admission to the professional sequence:

  1. Complete all of the University and Departmental Core with the exception of capstone and social work elective courses by the conclusion of the Spring semester of the year you apply
  2. Maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.5 or higher (exceptions may occasionally be considered for students who do not meet the GPA requirement, but in the professional judgment of the faculty demonstrate exceptional potential for social work through strong community service and/or leadership experiences)
  3. Complete SW 101, SW 250, SW 310, and SW 321 with a grade of "C" or higher in each course; and have completed or be enrolled in SW 311
  4. Submit formal applications to: a) The University of Nevada, Reno (applicable for students transferring to UNR), and b) The School of Social Work:
  5. Submit responses to essay questions as found on the third page of the BSW program application
  6. Submit two professional references (must use BSW recommendation form)
  7. Submit a current copy of an UNR Academic Requirement Report (ARR), Course History and if applicable, Transfer Credit Report (all documents listed found in MyNEVADA)

The application deadline for admission to the professional sequence is January 15th (for the following fall semester).  Should January 15th fall on a weekend, all completed application packets must be received by the School of Social Work office by the end of business (5:00 p.m. P.S.T.) the last weekday BEFORE January 15th.  Admission decisions are finalized during spring semester; students accepted into the major begin 400 level social work courses during following fall semester.

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