As the BSW is a professional degree, students apply to be a degree candidate in their junior year.

Applications are due by January 15. For more online information, please consult the 2016 BSW Student Handbook.

For general questions about admission to Seattle University and financial aid, please contact Undergraduate Admissions and Student Financial Services.

The following requirements are needed for admission for BSW degree candidacy:

  • Admission to Seattle University and declaration of Social Work as the major
  • Junior level standing (90 or more credits)
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5/ 4.0 and G.P.A. of 2.5/4.0 in social science and social work courses at time of application
  • A grade of at least a “C” in any Social Work required courses.
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite courses:
  • Module One of Seattle University’s Core Curriculum
  • SOCW 1510, Introduction of Social Work, or be concurrently enrolled when applying
  • Completion of an Application Packet (2016 BSW Student Handbook)

Students will be notified of their acceptance, provisional acceptance or denial by U.S. mail.

Application Procedure

For more information on the application procedure, please consult the 2016 BSW Student Handbook

The application packet is available from the Social Work Program in Casey 3 West. All application materials are confidential and are shared only with the faculty directly involved in the admissions process. The packet includes forms that are to be completed and turned in to the Social Work Program by January 15:

  • Social Work Program Application
  • Personal statement
  • Current copy of the Student’s Program Evaluation (suonline) and all transcripts from other colleges and university’s attended
  • Washington State Patrol Criminal History Record request
  • Washington State Patrol Child/ Adult Abuse Information Act record request
  • Applicant disclosure
  • Applicant Notification of Criminal History Check
  • Consent to Abide by NASW Code of Ethics
  • Three letters of recommendation; one from a social work faculty member
  • Check for $10.00 payable to Seattle University for the Washington State Patrol records check

The completed packet should be returned to the Social Work Program in Casey 3West or sent to:

Social Work Program
Attn: Administrative Assistant
901 12th Avenue
Casey 3W
Seattle, WA 98122

Admissions Criteria

As social work students will work directly with clients in their field practicum, the Program and the University have the responsibility to assure that our students possess the knowledge, intelligence, judgment, ethics, integrity and physical and emotional capacity necessary for the field experience and for the profession. Therefore, in accordance with the Fair Process Policy, we consider the University’s academic requirements and also the student’s professional characteristics, conduct and potential to serve effectively and ethically in the profession.

We evaluate students based on their application packets, prior course work, information about the student form social work faculty who know the student and

  • Class attendance and academic performance
  • Ethical conduct
  • Ability to communicate both orally and written in English to be effective in a field placement
  • Capacity for self awareness and willingness to examine own values and beliefs as related to social work
  • Understanding, appreciation and respect for diverse populations
  • Social, emotional and psychological maturity and stability to engage in social work practice
  • Possession of values consistent with the social work values
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships
  • Capacity for professional behavior

Contact Us

Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

Estella Williamson, DSW
Field Director

Anna McCain
Administrative Assistant

Location: Casey 330