We welcome prospective students to join our February 7th, 2018 BASW Open House!

The School of Social Work seeks individuals who are interested tackling complex social problems, building skills to help individuals, families and communities, and who are committed to becoming social change agents. The admissions committee makes final decisions based on the strength of the overall application materials. Please carefully review the Essential Skills, Values and Standards of Professional Conduct before applying.


  • BASW students are admitted for Fall quarter only
  • Applications become available in February
  • Fall 2018 BASW applications will be available in February 2018 (deadline: April 17, 2018)

Admission Statistics

Who can apply?

Class Standing/Credits

  • Minimum of 65 college level credits by start of program

Academic Performance

  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Earned 2.00 or higher in each prerequisite


See the BASW prerequisites page for details about the four prerequisites that must be completed before you start the BASW program. These four classes can still be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed by the time you start the program, if admitted. Prior to the start of the program, applicants must complete one course in each of the following subjects: Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology and Economics/Political Science.

Notice Regarding Statistics and Foreign Language:
  • Though not a requirement for BASW admission, an approved introductory Statistics class is a required prerequisite of senior year BASW courses (recommended prior to admission).
  • Though not a requirement for BASW admission, BASW seniors must fulfill the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (third year of high school foreign language or third college quarter of a foreign language, or equivalent) in order to graduate.  This graduation requirement is different from the UW foreign language admission requirement.


There is no minimum hour requirement for volunteer or community service.  

BASW Application Deadlines & Materials

Fall 2018 BASW applications will be available in February 2018 (with an application deadline of April 17, 2018). Additional details on the Fall 2018 BASW application will be available on this page in winter.

Learn about general university transfer admission. Transfer students must submit a separate application in addition to the BASW application. This deadline is earlier than the BASW deadline. UW returning students should instead consult the Returning Student reenrollment page for returning student application requirements. 

  • Contact the UW undergraduate admissions office with questions, or consider attending a UW Transfer Thursday session.

  • You must also submit the BASW application. 

The following outdated instructions from last year's application are for reference ONLY - do NOT use these materials for Fall 2018 applications: *Reference Only* | Fall 2017 BASW Application Instructions and Materials