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Formal Admission

You’ve worked hard in your core classes, and now it’s time for formal admission to the social work major.

As required by the Council on Social Work Education, the Department of Social Work formally admits students into the program. This formal admissions process gives you an opportunity to:

  • think through your academic and professional goals and put these in writing
  • discuss your academic performance to date and your professional goals
  • review your strengths and aptitude for professional social work practice
  • refine your academic plan to ensure timely completion of degree requirements

Formal admission occurs following the completion of the 100- and 200-level social work courses, including SOCWK 200 and SOCWK 230, and prior to being granted permission to register for SOCWK 330.

The process consists of completing an application packet and interviewing with the admissions coordinator of the department. The formal admission application process and materials are reviewed in all SOCWK 230 classes.

Timely completion of formal admission to the bachelor of social work (BSW) program is in your best interest in order allow time to improve academic skills, acquire additional knowledge, and to raise grade point averages necessary for successful completion of the BSW degree. This is particularly true if you have a lower grade point average. It is important not to delay the formal admission process once you have completed the 200-level social work courses.

Learn more about the requirements and procedures.

Department of Social Work
North Quad (NQ), room 243
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 765-285-1016
Fax: 765-285-1029
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