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Social Welfare

School of Social Work

The School of Social Work is seeking individuals who are interested in becoming social change agents to tackle complex social problems facing our society. We offer a professional degree with “hands-on” training in the field designed to fully prepare you for a job and/or graduate school. Our Honors Program provides students with research opportunities guided by faculty mentors. Join a major focusing on social justice with one of the most diverse student cohorts on campus. Demand is increasing for social workers, especially those with expertise in healthcare, children and family services, addiction counseling, elder care and community advocacy

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic(s): Health, Social sciences

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Degree requirements

Applicant type

Applicant type

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).

Social Welfare is a capacity-constrained major. An additional application is required after you enroll at the UW, and admission may be competitive. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

Departmental application deadline: April 15
Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA or higher
  • Minimum 65 college level credits by the start of the program
  • Complete two 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 starting the program in September.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • One Psychology course, 100 or 200 level
  • One Sociology course, 100 or 200 level

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 91
Total from Washington community colleges: 35

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 11
3.50 – 3.74: 6
3.25 – 3.49: 6
3.00 – 3.24: <5
2.75 – 2.99: 6
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes


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