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Bachelor of Social Work Program

BSW Admissions

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A social work undergraduate degree requires 120 hours of study. For the Bachelor of Social Work, 42 hours are from the UTA Core (that satisfies the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-approved core curriculum requirements), 54 hours from the Social Work Curriculum and the remaining 24 hours may be completed with general electives, certificate courses, or a Minor Program of study. The following are the steps to becoming an official social work major:

  1. Students wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree in social work must apply and be accepted to the University of Texas at Arlington.  Visit the UTA Admission page. If you are a current UTA student, go to step 3.
  2. Students are recommended to complete  42 hours of UTA Core Curriculum (Satisfies Texas Core Requirements) prior to becoming BSW Intended
  3. UTA students declare BSW as their intended major with a UTA academic advisor.*
  4. As a BSW designated Intended Major you must complete the following requirements prior to becoming and being designated an official BSW Major:
    • Earn a "C" or better in the following courses:
    • Introduction to Social Work (SOCW 2311/SOCW 2361)
    • Social Work Practice I (SOCW 2313)
    • Human Behavior and Diverse Populations (SOCW 3307)
    • SOCW 1311
    • Have a 2.5 or better overall GPA
  5. Once you have completed the above requirements, you can apply to become an official BSW Major.*

Transfer students, see links below for degree plans:

TCC students, click here for the list of courses.
DCCCD students, click here for the list of courses.

TCC, DCCCD and any transfer student, may transfer to UTA whenever they meet the university requirements. Once accepted to UTA, all transfer students will start with step 2 above.


* Interested in learning more about social work and the admissions process? Are you a current UTA, TCC, DCCCD, prospective transfer student, high school student or even a BSW Intended Major and you want to learn more about the admissions process? Click here to receive additional information or to attend a face-to-face information session.

Regardless of your academic plans or major, we strongly encourage all students to take the Introduction to Social Work (SOCW 2311/SOCW 2361) course. Students can take it here at UTA or prior to transferring from a community college or other institution. In addition, click here to learn more about the academic minor programs offered in the School of Social Work.

Attending an Undergraduate Admissions Information Session provides you with a unique opportunity to meet with representatives from the School of Social Work and discuss the BSW program, career options, application process, and academic requirements.

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Leslie Reyna

Leslie Reyna
Admissions Counselor III


Michael Brown

Michael Brown
Admissions Counselor III


Dolores Bevins

Dolores Bevins
Administrative Assistant