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Admission Requirements

Before you begin the admissions process, please review the Admissions Requirements listed below:

  • 2.50 GPA in the last 40 credits of course work (documentation required through non-offical transcripts, SVSU and/or other college)
  • Completion of SW 215 or equivalent
  • Satisfactory completion of 40 hours of volunteer work in a human service organization (normally part of the course requirements for SW 215)
  • Completion of 40 credits
  • Completion of all Basic Skills requirements

** There are no exceptions for any of the above listed admissions requirements. 

If you have met the requirements listed above, please prepare for the admission process by gathering the following documentation/information.  You will only have two attempts to complete the on-line admissions process.  It is important you allow at least one hour when completing the on-line admissions process.  Once you complete the application, please click the save button.  Review the application to ensure the information is correct and the degree audit is uploaded correctly.  Once you have reviewed the application, click the submission button.  You will be directed to the written portion of the application- you will have one hour to complete the questions. 

  • Student Identification Number
  • Names and email addresses of three individuals used for reference (Individuals identified for reference cannot be family members, friends, or personal references.  You should choose individuals who are familiar with your academic aptitude as well as your ability to move successfully through the Social Work program).
  • Your contact information
  • Download and save degree audit from Cardinal Direct (instructions for saving and uploading are listed below)


Instructions for saving and uploading a degree audit from Cardinal Direct:

1.            Sign into Cardinal Direct to access your degree audit

2.            Once the degree audit is open, right click

3.            Choose “select all”

4.            (All text should be highlighted) Right click

5.            Choose” copy”

6.            Open a new Word Document

7.            Right click within the blank document

8.            Choose “paste”

9.            Choose “Keep Source Formatting” under paste (Option looks like a clipboard with a paint brush)

10.          Save as a word document, using your Full First and Last name as the file name.

11.          Within the application for Field Confirmation, choose to upload degree audit

12.          Choose your word document file

13.          Upload

Weblink for the Social Work Major application:  


Writing Sample Rubric for Social Work Admission to Major



Rank each category on a scale of 1-5.

(5 = very strong; 4 = strong; 3 = average; 2 = poor, 1 = very poor)

 Clarity: Answers the questions chosen completely; utilizes specific examples                                                                                

Q1___                         Q2____


Content: Represents understanding of social work values, ethics, and practice

Q1___                         Q2____


Critical Thinking: Demonstrates critical, creative thinking about concepts                                                                                               

Q1___                         Q2____


Construction: Displays logical and comprehensible organization/structure

Q1___                         Q2____


Correctness: Uses grammar and mechanics well

Q1___                         Q2____



                                                                                    TOTAL          ____/50


I recommend that the faculty set up an interview with this student for the following reason:_________________________________________________________________




Selection Criteria

Student admission to the social work major is a competitive process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the admission process early to ensure adequate review time.

Admission decisions are made by a committee consisting of the full-time social work faculty. This committee reviews the applications, processes all of the information at their disposal, and takes action on the applications. Completion of required courses, overall GPA, and scores on the writing sample are the main criteria used in determining admission to the major.

Notification Process

Following the admissions committee's deliberations, each applicant is sent an admissions letter electronically, which indicates the outcome of the committee's decisions.