Apply To BSW Program


The Department of Teacher Education and Social Work looks forward to your application for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. Acceptance into Middle Georgia State University (MGA) does not automatically grant you acceptance into the Department of Teacher Education and Social Work. A separate application process must be completed in order for you to be considered for the formal BSW program.


Students apply to the formal program during the SOCW 2500 course, which is taken in the spring or summer semester prior to the intended fall start. Students taking the SOCW 2500 course in the spring, will complete the application by April 15th while students taking SOCW 2500 in the summer will complete the application by July 15th. All other applications or reapplications should be submitted directly to the BSW Program Director. *Late applications may be considered if space is available.


Spring April 15
Summer July 15



Formal admission to the BSW program requires the following:

  • Been successfully admitted to Middle Georgia State University
  • Successful completion of 82-85% (57 -63 of 69 hours) of the Core Curriculum, Area F and General Electives
  • A minimum 2.5 overall GPA (institutional GPA may be considered)
  • Completion of MATH 1401 or 1200, PSYC 1101, PSYC 2103, SOCI 1101, SOCI 1160, SOCW 2215 and SOCW 2500 with a C or better

Transfer credit for social work courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the BSW Program Director, who will make the final determination. Students will be required to submit course syllabi. Social work practice and field courses will not be accepted from social work programs that are not accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Credit will not be given for life experiences.


To apply to the formal BSW program, complete the following steps no later than April 15th.

Step 1: Complete the online Student Information Sheet.

Step 2: Download, complete and sign the following fillable PDF forms:

  1. BSW Application Checklist
  2. BSW Advisement Agreement
  3. Expectations of Satisfactory Academic Progress and Student Conduct form
  4. Progression of Program form
  5. BSW Application Essay

Collect all documents and send ONE email containing all of the following required documents in a pdf format to ; the subject line should read: First Last Name_Application Packet (ex: Jane Doe_Application Packet). Incomplete application packets will not be processed.

A completed application includes all forms and documents shown above and the two required references (see below).

Step 3: Identify two professional or academic references (coworkers, supervisors, professors) and then email the following Google Form link to the persons providing your references: If a reference wishes to submit a written letter in addition to the form, they may upload one to the Google Form. It is the applicant's responsibility to send the recommendation Google Form to the persons providing references. All recommendations should be received by the application deadline.


After a review of your application you will be notified electronically (MGA email) regarding your acceptance status. Notifications will go out within two weeks of the end of the semester in which your application was made.

  • Full acceptance into the major requires the student to meet all of the admission standards, including a completed application, a well-written and thoughtful essay and average to strong recommendation by all references.
  • Provisional status may be granted to any student who does not meet one to two course completion requirements, a GPA above a 2.4 but below a 2.5 at the time of decision, or a poorly written essay (structural or content). Provisions will be listed in the letter of decision.
  • Denial may be made due to a GPA well below 2.4 at the time of decision, no recommendation or recommendation with reservations made by student’s references, particular concerns observed by faculty that may inhibit successful completion of course and fieldwork, or a significant event or a consistent pattern that is in violation of the NASW Code of Ethics or the University Student Code of Conduct.

Acceptance for both cohorts is granted on a space available basis. When needed, applicants may be ranked according to their qualifications and admitted in order of their rank, starting with the most qualified, until all available spaces are filled. As such, not all individuals who meet the admission requirements may be admitted.