Frequently asked questions
How do I apply to the BSW program?
Steps to apply to the BSW program:
- Submit to the Wayne State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions the Application for Undergraduate Admission with the appropriate fee and official transcripts from colleges or universities.
- Submit to the School of Social Work's Office of Admissions and Student Services, the Application for Admission, Bachelor of Social Work Degree Program.
- Application materials include a personal interest statement and a copy of transcripts from all colleges attended that demonstrate the ability to pursue successful undergraduate professional education in social work.
When is the BSW application deadline?
BSW application deadline date is April 1st. Our office may extend the deadline date if space allows; thus, please check with our office for updates.
When should I apply for the BSW or MSW program?
Our application cycle typically opens in September or October to be considered for the following summer for MSW Advanced Standing or fall term for BSW and MSW Core programs. Students are encouraged to submit applications early as we admit students on a rolling admission basis.
What are the admission requirements?
Please refer to our BSW admission requirements page.
My GPA is below what you require, can I still apply and will I be considered for admission?
Students who do not meet the 2.75 minimum GPA for admission into the MSW program or the 2.5 minimum GPA for admission into the BSW program are encouraged to meet with one of our academic advisors to learn ways they may strengthen their GPA and application for admission consideration into the program of interest.
Can I work full-time and still attend the program?
We recognize that many of our students are supporting themselves and often other family members by working either full-time or part-time. As students prepare to start a social work degree program, they must consider many factors on how best to incorporate the social work program into their work and personal lives. Social Work education requires a great deal of time and intense work, especially when students are in field placement along with coursework. A widely accepted rule of thumb is that you can expect to work two hours outside of class for each hour you spend in class on a weekly basis. So, six hours of outside studying and preparation should be set aside for every three-credit course. This formula should help you to strategically plan your workload. You will probably want to re-evaluate your situation every semester, as some courses may be more difficult than others. Be mindful of when you begin your field placement and that you may be required to be available 16 hours per week during daytime hours (depending on the agency mandate) over two consecutive semesters.
Students who elect the online classes or programs may underestimate the amount of work that is required. While these programs offer more flexibility, it's important to know that online classes take a lot of self-direction on the part of students. You must be very good at managing your time in order to keep up with course expectations, have strong reading comprehension as you will be responsible for much of your own learning through textbooks and online material. There is also a great deal of online discussion which is very time-intensive.
Where can I learn about the internship/field placement that is required for the social work program?
Please see this page to review details about field placements for social work programs.
How much does the program cost?
You can use our Tuition and Fee calculator to check the cost.
Do I need to live in Michigan to complete the online bachelor’s program?
While you may live outside Michigan to complete coursework. You will need to complete your Field Placement in Southeast Michigan during your Senior year for the fall and winter semesters.
Does the Good Neighbor Policy apply to the BSW program?
Yes, learn more here - Tuition and fees - Office of the Registrar - Wayne State University
How do I apply for licensure?
Please see our guide on the BSW licensure page.