BASW Admissions

BASW Program Admissions Materials and Procedure

Admissions for Fall 2017 are closed. We will open admissions for Fall 2018 on January 8th, 2018. All admissions standards and documents below will be used for that admission cycle.

Enrollment for the MSU BASW Program is limited and competitive. Social Work students are enrolled in the University at two levels:

  • As social work preference students (new freshmen, transfer students, and those who change their major preferences during the freshman and sophomore years prior to earning 56 credits).
  • As social work major admits (students who have completed all SW prerequisites and have applied and been accepted into the School of Social Work as juniors). Acceptance into the major as juniors entitles students to enroll in upper-level social work courses required for the BASW degree.

Admission to the upper-level program is competitive, and enrollment as a social work preference student offers no guarantee of admission to the BASW program as a social work major.

Students usually apply for acceptance into the major the spring semester of the sophomore year, with a minimum credit standing of 42 credits at the time of application.

Academic Requirements for the BASW degree and the 7 courses you need to complete to begin the program can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.

NOTE: Course requirements in 3a must be completed by the start of the program (fall) not at the time of admission application. However, you must have a clear path to be able to complete all of the 7 prerequisite courses by the end of summer session b.

Admission Questions?

Visit our BASW FAQs.

Contact baswinfo@ssc.msu.edu with questions about the admission process, forms or issues with submitting your application.

Transfer Students – please contact Monaca Eaton, BASW Program Director before beginning the admission process at eatonmon@msu.edu

Admission Review for 2018

Admissions applications are reviewed once per month January – May, for a fall start. Applications received after May are reviewed on an as needed basis until our cohort is full. Admission review dates for our FALL 2018 Cohort are coming soon.

IMPORTANT - Please submit your completed application one week prior to the review session you would like your application to be reviewed. You can expect an admission decision sent to you via confidential message from the Registrar’s Office within 10 days the Admission Committee’s review.

2018 Admission Committee Review Dates will be determined soon.

Application Materials

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As noted below, you must fill in these documents and save them using Adobe Acrobat. Using Preview on a Mac (and possibly others) will result in incomplete data and we will be unable to process your application.
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To be considered for admission you will need to complete 5 admission documents.

  1. Academic Readiness Check Sheet
  2. Admission Essay Directions
  3. Social Work Professionalism and Ethics Agreement
  4. Criminal Background Statement of Understanding
  5. Application Resume Instructions

The pdf files above must be downloaded (right click and select "Save Link As") and opened with Adobe Acrobat (other software may not allow you to fill in the fields electronically) to fill them in electronically. You can also download all the files in a zip file. Double click the zip file to extract and then double click each file to open in Adobe Acrobat.

How to submit your application

Once you have completed your five admission documents, please submit them using our online admissions tool at swdb.socialwork.msu.edu/basw/

You will not be able to save your online admission form. Please make sure you have your completed admission documents ready to submit at one time. Contact baswinfo@ssc.msu.edu with questions.

Admission Information for Transfer Students

A number of upper division transfer students will be admitted into Social Work on a competitive basis. Students enrolled in other colleges or universities normally transfer at the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students must apply for admission to Michigan State University before they can apply to the School of Social Work. Applications for admission to the University should be submitted in the spring semester of their sophomore year.

You will work with the MSU Admissions Office to apply as a transfer student to MSU. Information on transferring to MSU can be found on the Admissions website. You are strongly encouraged to visit campus for a transfer student program prior to applying for admission. Transfer student programs are conducted daily, M-F and will include information about the admissions process, transferring credit, academic programs, student life, university housing and career services and placement. You can reserve a seat for this program on the Admissions website.

Once a transfer student has been accepted by MSU, the University Admissions Office will send the supplemental application for the School of Social Work. Admitted students should plan to begin their Social Work studies in the Fall semester. If you are applying to MSU as a transfer student interested in social work, please e mail Monaca Eaton at eatonmon@msu.edu for assistance.

Michigan State University's Master of Social Work (MSW) programs and its Bachelor of Social Work (BASW) program are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and designed to meet the State of Michigan's social work licensing criteria. However, MSU cannot confirm whether these programs meet licensure requirements in states other than Michigan. Students who may be seeking professional licensure elsewhere will need to check with the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the program meets the requirement for licensure.

Each state's social work licensing requirements can be found HERE.