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Admission to the Social Work Program

Please see the application for specific instructions


Application for admission to the Social Work Program is required of all students desiring to progress toward a social work major. Admission to the Social Work Program is competitive. Students may apply to the major at the completion of the sophomore year and after completing or with current enrollment in required prerequisite Objectives and courses.

The following criteria must be met for an applicant to be eligible for consideration for admission to the social work major:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 58 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for the semester at the time of application.
  2. Completion of or with current enrollment in the following courses: ENGL 1102 (partially satisfies General Education Objective 1), SOC 2248 (satisfies General Education Objective 7), BIOL 1100/BIOL 1100L (partially satisfies General Education Objective 5), PSYC 1101 (partially satisfies General Education Objective 6), SOC 1101 (partially satisfies General Education Objective 6), SOWK 2271, SOWK 2272, and MATH 1153 (satisfies General Education Objective 3). All the required courses for admission have to be passed with a minimum grade of "C".
  3. Completion of the Application for admission to the Social Work Major including a $30 application fee, a three to five-page typed statement explaining why you would like to be a social worker and why you might be a good fit for the Social Work Program at Idaho State University, and a copy of your DegreeWorks transcript.
  4. Students must have a background check performed. The cost to the student is approximately $64.50. The criminal history check must be "in progress" or completed before application is submitted. A recent background check conducted by the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare may be acceptable with documentation.

Application Deadline

The above admission materials must be completed and submitted to the Social Work Program prior to February 15 for fall semester admission, and prior to October 1 for Spring semester admission.

The Social Work Program does not grant credit for previous life or work experience.

All social work majors are required to meet the above standards before they may enroll in upper division social work courses (those numbered 3000 and above). Pre-social work students enrolled in required upper division courses without admission to the major will be withdrawn until major admission requirements have been met.

Following acceptance into the Social Work Major, the student must maintain a 2.75 GPA and abide by the policies and procedures outlined in the Social Work Student Handbook.

Students accepted into the Social Work program will be notified prior to Fall/Spring pre-registration (For exact date consult your current class schedule).

If you have any questions please contact Kevin Owens at
owenkevi@isu.edu or (208) 282-3377.


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