We welcome applications from students who are current UW students, prospective transfer students who are currrently applying to the UW, and returning UW students in the process of applying to re-enroll

Applicants should meet the following criteria to be considered:

  1. A 2.0 cumulative minimum GPA or higher

  2. A minimum of 65 college level credits by start of program 

  3. Completed four BASW prerequisite courses with a 2.0 ("C") grade or higher in each course. These courses do NOT have to be completed at time of application, but must be completed before you start the program in September.

    We require one course in each of the following categories: Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics or Political Science. All the course numbers listed below are UW courses (with the exception of ECON 100).  The Equivalency Guide shows how courses from a Washington State community or technical college will transfer to the UW. 

Note that transfer courses listed as 1XX or 2XX do not necessarily satisfy the BASW prerequisites, though they are accepted as general transfer credit. See details here. If you have questions about how credits will transfer from a four-year or out-of-state college or university, contact Nicole Guenther

Please note: The BASW Program has proposed removing the human biology and economics/political science prerequisites for students entering Autumn 2019. The proposed changes are pending UW approval and information will be updated as soon as possible, prior to the new application cycle.​

Human Biology: 

  • BIOL 100: Introductory Biology
  • BIOL 118: Survey of Physiology
  • BIOL 180: Introductory Biology
  • *PSYCH 202: Biopsychology
  • PSYCH 357: Psychobiology of Women
  • GENOME 151: Human Genetics: The Individual & Society
  • GENOME 261: Genomes and Society 

*PSYCH 202 satisfies either our Biology OR Psychology prerequisite; you cannot use this class to meet both prerequisites. If you are using this course as a Biology prerequisite, then you still need to complete one of the approved Psychology courses below.  


  • PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • *PSYCH 202: Biopsychology 
  • PSYCH 203: Introduction to Personality and Individual Differences
  • PSYCH 206: Human Development
  • PSYCH 210: The Diversity of Human Sexuality
  • PSYCH 245: Introduction to Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 250: Racism and Minority Groups

*PSYCH 202 satisfies either our Biology OR Psychology prerequisite; you cannot use this class to meet both prerequisites. If you are using this course as a Psychology prerequisite, then you still need to complete one of the approved Biology courses above.  


  • SOC 110: Survey of Sociology
  • SOC 111: American Society
  • SOC 212: Evolution & Revolution: An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Social Change
  • SOC 230: Introduction to Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States
  • SOC 240: Introduction to Social Psychology
  • SOC 247: Contemporary Social Movements
  • SOC 260: African American Family
  • SOC 270: Social Problems
  • SOC 271: Introduction to the Sociology of Deviance and Social Control 
  • GWSS 251: Introduction to Gender and Popular Culture
  • ANTH 330: Religion, Identity, and Cultural Pluralism

Economics or Political Science:

  • LSJ 363: Law in Society
  • POL S 202: Introduction to American Politics
  • POL S 382: State Government
  • *ECON 100: Survey of Economics
  • ECON 200: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 201: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • AFRAM 437: Blacks in American Law
  • GEOG 208: Geography of the World Economy: Regional Fortunes and the Rise of Global Markets

*ECON 100 is only offered at community colleges, not at the UW


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 and is recommended prior to admission. Approved UW courses include STAT 220/221, STAT 311, and EDPSY 490. If you are considering taking any other statistics courses, please contact Nicole Guenther
  • Though not a requirement for BASW admission, BASW students 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. It is helpful but not required to complete your language requirement before starting the BASW program. 

College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)

All applicants must complete a minimum level of preparation in six subject areas. This requirement ensures that students entering the University have an academic foundation and are adequately prepared to succeed in college. CADR are UW admission requirements and generally must be completed before the first quarter of enrollment at the UW.