General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program

Students are considered “Social Work Interest” by the registrar until formally accepted into the program. Prior to formal acceptance into the program, students should begin advising within the BSW program and can begin taking entry-level social work courses ( SOCW 250, SOCW 251, SOCW 310, SOCW 311) and the General Education courses that apply to social work, as outlined in the university catalog. Students must submit a formal application to the BSW program and be accepted to the major prior to taking social work practice courses ( SOCW 332, SOCW 333, SOCW 360).

The Department of Social Work reviews applications in the spring semester only. Students currently at the university, who have completed or are currently enrolled in the Introduction to Social Work course, can apply for priority admission. The deadline for applications to be considered for priority admission is March 7. Early admittance allows students to enroll in Social Work Practice I during spring academic enrollment. Students transferring to the social work major as juniors (both current and transfer students) who miss the priority deadline must apply to the social work program by April 7. Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on number of accepted students.

Students may be admitted fully, without provisions, on provisional status, or denied admission. If a student is admitted on provisional status, a plan for attaining full admission will be provided by the committee. If this plan is not met in full, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program. If denied admission, the student may initiate an appeal procedure, as outlined in the BSW Student Handbook.

Transfer Students

Transfer social work applicants planning to enter APU at the junior level only must submit social work application materials in order to be considered for full acceptance into the social work program. Students will receive a link to the social work application from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions upon submission of their university application. The social work application will be forwarded to the department for consideration upon acceptance to the university.

Students transferring in prior to their junior year will begin the major as social work interest, and submit applications prior to their junior year.

Current APU Students

Current APU students submit their application directly to the Department of Social Work. Applications can be obtained, but not submitted, online. Application forms are also available in the BSW office (626) 857-2410. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of social work faculty and considered based on academic and personal readiness for the program.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Completion of the Introduction to Social Work course with a C or better (for priority admission only)
  2. A 2.5 overall GPA
  3. Completion of all application requirements
  4. Personal and professional aptitude
  5. Submission of a personal statement

    Personal statements should be three to four pages and include:

    1. When and how you became interested in the field of social work
    2. What influenced you in the choice of social work as a profession
    3. Your career goals or beginning thoughts on your areas of interest
    4. Discussion of what you see to be personal strengths that will help you in your development of professional skills and knowledge (if you have taken the Strengths Finder Inventory as part of your Beginnings course, please note your strengths and how these strengths may contribute to the practice of social work)
    5. Personal attributes you would like to further develop as part of your participation in the BSW Program
    6. Any life experiences you believe will contribute to or impede your progress in this program
    7. How your personal faith, beliefs, and values have influenced/will influence your career as a social worker.

    Criteria for evaluation of autobiographical statements:

    1. Writing skills
    2. Indication of genuine interest in enhancing human well-being and advancing social justice
    3. Thoughtful reflection of personal characteristics that indicates the student is ready to successfully complete program requirements
    4. Provide evidence of participation in volunteer, leadership, or work experience relevant to the practice of social work (participation in service learning, ministry experiences, personal therapy, Club Social Work, or National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers good opportunities for experience)


  1. Complete or be enrolled in the Introduction to Social Work course, completing with a C or better for priority admissions.
  2. Complete all sections of the application.
  3. Complete a personal statement.
  4. Submit an unofficial APU transcript or transcript of work taken elsewhere if transfer.
  5. Submit completed packet to the department for review by March 7 for priority admissions. Students missing the priority date, submit by April 7 admissions. Transfer students apply through admissions.
  6. Students will be notified in writing within three weeks of the SOCW Advising and Admissions Committee’s decision.

BSW Admissions Appeals Process

Any student who is dissatisfied with a decision for admission may request an in-person review with the admissions committee, in which they can supply further verbal and written evidence in regards to the actions taken by the committee, within two weeks of your committee's decision. The committee will provide a written response to the student within one week of the hearing. If the student is still in disagreement, he/she may appeal to the associate dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.