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Freshman and sophomore students who intend to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work degree at Centenary University should declare their major as “Social Work Candidate”. Centenary students may apply to the BSW Program during the spring semester of their sophomore year.

Transfer students entering their junior year may apply to the BSW Program concurrently with their application to the university.

Application packets are available from the BSW Program Director, the Admissions Office, or as a PDF download here.

Application to the BSW Program includes:

  • Application form
  • Transcripts from all colleges
  • 2 references
    • one academic
    • one related to employment or volunteer work
  • A GPA of 2.8 is required for admission to the program, although provisional acceptance will be considered for students with a GPA at or above 2.5 who demonstrate strengths in all other areas of evaluation.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to submit a completed application before the end of the spring semester, although applications received during the summer months will also be considered.

The BSW Program Director and the Field Director meet to evaluate and discuss each individual candidate’s application. Included in this evaluation are the candidate’s academic record and references. Also included in this assessment are observations made by Social Work faculty who have taught courses in which the applicant was enrolled regarding the student’s intellectual abilities, communication skills, work ethic and other personal characteristics such as the capacity for self-reflection and empathy, and the ability to develop and maintain cooperative and collegial relationships.

Students may only declare Social Work as a major when they have been formally notified of acceptance to the program by the BSW Program Director, and not before the spring semester of their sophomore year. Social Work is not available as a minor.

Students who have completed the course sequence for Social Work Candidates, but do not meet the criteria for acceptance into the BSW Program, are able to apply all of their coursework towards the requirements for a major in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services.