BSW Admissions

Admissions Criteria

The BSW program is limited access. Even if all requirements are met, there are no guaranteed admissions. To be admitted to the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and School of Social Work at the junior level, a student should follow a pre-social work program leading to the Associate of Arts degree at a Florida public community college, and:

  • Admission to the University and a minimum USF/Overall GPA of 2.75.
  • Completion of 15 semester hours of common program prerequisites with a minimum "C" grade in each course.
  • Complete an application in the semester in which he/she is enrolled in foundation courses. (Consideration in the admissions process includes GPA, letters of reference, essay and volunteer/paid work related to Social Work).
  • Achieve the minimum GPA required in the foundation courses noted on the webpage.

Application Process

Students are admitted to begin the BSW program twice yearly. They may be admitted for Fall or Spring semester. The application deadline for Fall semester is July 1st. The application deadline for the Spring semester is October 15th. There are no summer admissions.

When enrolled in the Foundation course (SOW 3203) the Advisor from the School of Social Work will speak with the class about the eligibility requirements, the admissions procedure and the BSW program. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you might have. The application will be emailed after her class presentation. You may submit it via e-mail as an attachment or it can be printed and turned in.

Application Review Process

The School of Social Work admits all qualified and eligible applicants. A minimum Overall and USF GPA of 2.75 is necessary to declare social work as a major. Students must be admitted to USF- Tampa Campus, complete the prerequisites and foundation course (SOW 3203) meeting minimum GPA requirements and fill out the application for admission into the program. They must have one semester at USF, meeting the minimum GPA requirement. The application includes a personal statement which must sufficiently respond to the essay question and demonstrate satisfactory writing skills and a recommendation form completed by the SOW 3203 professor. The professor recommendation must indicate a minimum of satisfactory rating.

There is a maximum of 2 semesters application reviews for admission in the BSW Program. If a student applies and is denied admission, they may be reviewed for the following semester. If denied for a second time, they will need to declare a new major. Applicants are notified by email and regular mail post of their status: admitted, denied (with reason for denial) or final denial.