BSW admissions requirements

Admission requirements for the Baccalaureate of Social Work (BSW) program include:

  • a strong liberal arts base (minimum of 52 credits in LAS)
  • junior standing (56+ credits)
  • a recommended GPA of 3.0
    • the following transfer path requirement has to be met:
        • - Introduction to Social Work Practice (SW-300 or SW-250 for BU students)
  • recommended that the following 4 transfer path requirements are met (minimally two need to be completed for admission to the BSW program):
        • - General Psychology (PSYC -111 for BU students)
        • - Introduction to statistics (MATH-147, MATH 148, or PSYC-243 for BU students)
        • - Intro to Sociology (SOC-100 for BU students)
        • - Human Biology (BIOL-114 for BU students)

Freshman Application Process:

Please note that acceptance to Binghamton University does not guarantee admission to the Social Work Program. 

Step 1: Academic Record Review

Application and transcripts are submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. After the application and academic record are reviewed, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will make an admission decision and notify the applicant.

Transfer Application Process:

Applications for the BSW program are reviewed in a 5 step process.
Please note that acceptance to the Binghamton University does not guarantee admission to the Social Work Program.

Step 1: Academic Record Review
Application and transcripts are submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. After the application and academic record are reviewed, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions may recommend that the applicant move to step 2. If an applicant moves to step 2, the applicant will receive an e-mail from the BSW Program Director around next steps.

Step 2: Additional Materials
The BSW program director will reach out to the applicant to submit additional materials including:
 Two letters of recommendation (either personal or professional)
 A resume
 A personal statement

Once all additional materials are received they will be sent to the admissions committee. Once reviewed by the admissions committee a recommendation will be made to move to step 3. If the applicant moves to step 3, the applicant will receive an e-mail with next steps.

Step 3 & 4: Contracts and Certification of Information Form & Interview
Once moving to step 3 the applicant will receive an e-mail with the following attachments: a social work contract, a field contract and a certification of information form. Each form will need to be reviewed, completed and brought by the applicant to the interview.

Applicants who are being considered for admission will be contacted via e-mail by the BSW program director to schedule an interview.

Step 5: Admission Committee Recommendation
Once an interview has been completed, the admissions committee will make a recommendation of admitted, or denied to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions who will have final determination regarding admittance to the BSW program.

Intra University Transfer (IUT) or Double Degree (DD) Application Process:

Applications for the BSW program are reviewed in a 5 step process. Admission to the College of Community and Public Affair's undergraduate program in social work is selective. Review requirements and prerequisites carefully. Please note that fulfilling requirements does not guarantee admission. The Department of Social Work has an application process to become matriculated into the Baccalaureate of Social Work Program.

Step 1: Complete IUT or DD Application
Applications for the IUT or DD admission must be submitted online via BU Brain to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by March 15 (fall admission only for BSW). Due to strictly enforced sequencing of the major, the Department of Social Work recommends applying for an IUT or DD following a meeting with a BSW advisor (bswadvis@binghamton.edu).

Once the application is reviewed, the committee may recommend that the applicant move to step 2. If an applicant moves to step 2, the applicant will receive an e-mail with next steps.

Step 2: Additional Materials
The program director will reach out to the applicant to submit additional materials including:
 Two letters of recommendation (either personal or professional)
 A resume
 A personal statement

Once all additional materials are received they will be sent and reviewed by the admissions committee. Once reviewed by the admissions committee a recommendation will be made to move to step 3. If the applicant moves to step 3, the applicant will receive an e-mail with next steps.

Step 3 & 4: Contracts and Certification of Information Form & Interview
Once moving to step 3 the applicant will receive an e-mail with the following attachments: a social work contract, a field contract and a certification of information form. Each form will need to be reviewed, completed and brought by the applicant to the interview.

Applicants who are being considered for admission will be contacted via e-mail by the program director to schedule an interview.

Step 5: Admission Committee Recommendation
Once an interview has been completed, the admissions committee will make a recommendation of admitted, denied, or hold to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions who will have final determination regarding IUT or DD application and admittance to the BSW program.

Change of Major Application Process

Applications for the BSW program are reviewed in a 5 step process. Admission to the BSW program is selective. Please review requirements and prerequisites carefully and note that fulfilling requirements does not guarantee admission.

Step 1: Initial Application to BSW Program
Initial applications can be found here or be obtained through the BSW Program Director (Maria Gordon, LCSW, gordonm@binghamton.edu or at UDC #303). Initial application will need to be completed and submitted via e-mail to the BSW Program Director (gordonm@binghamton.edu) by March 15 (fall admission only for BSW).

Once the initial application is reviewed, the committee may recommend that the applicant move to step 2. If an applicant moves to step 2, the applicant will receive an e-mail with next steps.

Step 2: Additional Materials
The program director will reach out to the applicant to submit additional materials including:
 Two letters of recommendation (either personal or professional)
 A resume
 A personal statement

Once all additional materials are received they will be sent and reviewed by the admissions committee. Once reviewed by the admissions committee a recommendation will be made to move to step 3. If the applicant moves to step 3, the applicant will receive an e-mail with next steps.

Step 3 & 4: Contracts and Certification of Information Form & Interview
Once moving to step 3 the applicant will receive an e-mail with the following attachments: a social work contract, a field contract and a certification of information form. Each form will need to be reviewed, completed and brought by the applicant to the interview.

Applicants who are being considered for admission will be contacted via e-mail by the program director to schedule an interview.

Step 5: Admission Committee Recommendation
Once an interview has been completed, the admissions committee will make a recommendation of an admission decision. Applicants will be notified of the admission decision to the BSW program by the end of the Spring semester.

 

Note on conduct, convictions and licensure

Applicants should be aware that some states, such as New York State, may restrict or deny professional licensure for people with felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions or actions taken against them by a professional organization. Any student with questions on any of these situations would benefit from consulting with their state's licensing board before submitting an application. The application will be subject to a more rigorous review by both the Graduate School and the Department of Social Work Graduate Admissions Committee.

Applicants should also be aware that students admitted to the program are required to satisfactorily complete one or two field placements in order to graduate. Students must obtain malpractice insurance before they are placed with field agencies. The insurance agency requires disclosure of personal information, including convictions, and may or may not issue insurance coverage. Field agencies also require personal information and conduct background checks. While the Department of Social Work will work diligently to arrange placements for students, agencies have the right to refuse placements.

Therefore, the Department of Social Work cannot guarantee field placements during the program or licensure upon completion of the program.

For more information, and to apply, contact the Department of Social Work at 607-777-9159.