Admission Requirements for Social Work Program

Program Admission

Because the social work major is an upper division professional curriculum that is grounded in the liberal acquired in the first two years of study, application for admission to the social work program occurs in the fall semester of the student’s junior year.  A specific application process must be successfully completed before the student is formally accepted as a Union College social work major.  Transfer students, after acceptance by Union College, must consult with the Social Work Program Director regarding acceptance of social work credit(s) being transferred from another college or university, develop their program of study, and begin the program admission process.

Application Process

Students planning to major in social work must successfully complete the application for admission to the major process that requires the following activities and documentations:

  • Academic classification of junior or completion of at least 60 hours of course work (current transcript required);
  • Completion of the Liberal Education Core or equivalent by a transfer student as recognized by Union’s Registrar;
  • Completion of all Required Cognate Courses, except BHSC 245: Basic Statistics: Theory and Application, which is to be taken in the spring semester of the junior year;
  • Evidence of a cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale for all course work as calculated by the College’s Registrar;
  • Currently enrolled in SWRK 301, SWRK 318, and SWRK 325;
  • Completion and submission to the Program Director the Application for Admission to the Social Work Program, with all materials listed below by the first Friday in November of the fall semester in which application for admission is being made:
    • Checklist (Attach to top of application packet),
    • Application for Admission to the Social Work Program ,
    • Self-Disclosure Statement (Instructions in application packet),
    • Two letters of reference from Union College non-social work faculty members,
    • One letter from a professional not affiliated with Union College,
    • A written personal narrative (Instructions in application packet),
    • Values Essay to be evaluated by the Social Work Admission and Retention  Committee for commitment to the NASW Code of Ethics (Instructions in application packet),
    • Petition for Exceptional Consideration if Applicable (Instructions in application packet)
    • College Transcripts from each college or university attended.
    • Personal Interview with the Social Work Admission and Retention Committee.

The applicant is responsible for completing and returning all application materials, including letters of reference to the Program Director no later than the first Friday of November in the fall semester in which a student is applying for admission to the social work program.                                                                                                                     

Each student is responsible for scheduling an Admission Interview with the Social Work Admission and Retention Committee when she/he turns in their completed application packet.

Social Work Admission and Retention Committee Membership: full time social work faculty, one Union non-social work faculty member to be appointed by the program director, and two MSW practitioners to be appointed by the Social Work Community Advisory Committee.

A sample copy of the Application for Admission to the Social Work Program is located in Appendix B.  The Application Packet may be pickup from the Social Work Administrative Assistant in SAC Room #3110.

Acceptance or Non-acceptance

To be accepted as a social work major a student must demonstrate that she/he has met the academic requirements and shown evidence of personal qualifications required for social work education, as well as demonstrate the potential for entry-level generalist social work practice; to be derived from the application materials and the personal interview with the Social Work Admission and Retention Committee.

Social Work Admission and Retention Committee:

  • After review of the student’s application materials and admission interview the program will recommend to the program director:
    • admit the student unconditionally,
    • admit the student with conditions explicitly stated and given to the student in writing, or
    • decline admission, giving clear reasons for that decision with recommendations of alternative educational and professional pursuits given to the student in writing.

The program director will notify by letter, as soon as possible, but no later the Final Exam Week in December the action taken by the Admission and Retention Committee and the program director.

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