Application materials will be updated in early 2019 - in the meantime, please use this page as a reference only. Applications for Autumn 2019 will be available in early Feburary and will be due April 15, 2019. 

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.


  • Students may apply February through April 15th of each year; the BASW application is not currently available for submission.
  • BASW students are admitted for Autumn quarter only
  • Transfer applicants must also submit a required UW transfer application (Autumn 2019 deadline is February 15, 2019)
  • UW FAFSA priority deadline: January 15th (annually) | HB 1079 Students: WASFA

Events and Information Sessions

  • For information about upcoming events, drop-in hours, and information sessions, please visit our Social Work Admissions Calendar

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 two prerequisites that must be completed before you start the BASW program. These two 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 introductory course in each of the following subjects: Psychology and Sociology.

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, however, our strongest applicants tend to have participated in social service related volunteerism, work experience, and internship opportunities. Please review this resource to assist you in identifying relevant social service experience. For details about our 2017 applicant pool, please review the class profile detailed above.

BASW Application Deadlines & Materials

The academic year has started and the Autumn 2018 BASW application is closed. 2018 reference materials can be viewed on the Application Instructions page. Applications for Autumn 2019 will be available in early Feburary and will be due April 15, 2019. 

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.