Social Work Admission Process

You are in the social work program at K-State if you declare social work as a major. In order to obtain a degree in social work you must be formally admitted to the Practice Sequence prior to your last three semesters in the program. Students will be considered for admission after submission of all materials, an interview and approval by the faculty. 
Requirements for Practice Sequence Admission:

  • Students must have taken Social Work 100 and either be in enrolled in or have taken Social Work 200, 315 and 510
  • Students must have a 2.3 overall GPA and a 2.75 GPA in core Social Work classes

  • At least 80 hours – or enough hours to graduate in three semesters after entering the practice sequence

  • Have an academic plan worked out with your advisor

  • Complete an admissions interview

  • And complete an admissions packet that includes:
    • The Admissions Checklist
    • A Personal Statement (instructions posted under admissions materials)
    • Documentation of 20 volunteer hours
    • Two references on form provided
    • Informed Consent Form
    • Background Disclosure Form
    • NASW Code of Ethics Form

How do I declare a major in Social Work? 

Students wishing to declare a major in social work may enroll directly in the social work curriculum (SOCWK) at the office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences in Eisenhower Hall.  Formal orientation to the major will occur during students’ individual advising sessions, which are held each semester prior to enrollment. 

 Admission to the Social Work Practice Sequence:

You are in the social work program at K-State if you declare social work as a major. In order to obtain a degree in social work you must be formally admitted to the Practice Sequence prior to your last three semesters in the program. Students will be considered for admission after submission of all materials, an interview and approval by the faculty.

 At the time of application to the Social Work Practice Sequence student must:

  • Have taken or be in enrolled in Social Work 100, 200, 315, 510, and for SPRING application ONLY, also SOCWK 330.
  • Have a 2.3 overall GPA and a 2.75 GPA in core Social Work classes
  • Completed at least 80 hours – or enough hours to graduate in three semesters after entering the practice sequence
  • Have an academic plan worked out with your advisor
  •     Complete an admissions interview
    • Have  read and agree to abide by the NASW Code of Ethics
    • Complete an admissions packet that includes:
      • o   The Admissions Checklist
      • o   A Personal Statement (instructions posted under admissions materials)

o   Documentation of completion of 20 volunteer hours

  • o   Two references on form provided
  • o   Informed Consent Form
  • o   Background Disclosure Form   
  • o   NASW Code of Ethics Form

How Do I Go About Getting Admitted to the Practice Sequence?

Admissions application materials are due either the 1st Monday in October or the 1st Monday in March.  These materials must be placed in a manila envelope and turned into the department office, Waters 204:

  • Signed Informed Consent Statement
  • Personal Statement
  • Completed 20 hours of volunteer and documentation form(s)
  • Background Disclosure Form
  • Two References on Form Provided
  • NASW Code of Ethics Form

How Can I Improve My Chances of Getting Admitted to the Practice Sequence?

 Students can strengthen their application by doing the following:

  • Have a good GPA, both overall and core, at time of application
  • Submit a strong personal statement that demonstrates good writing skills.
  • Consistently attend and actively participate in your social work courses; if you don’t speak up in class it will be difficult for professors to get to know you and your potential as a social worker
  • Actively participate in campus activities

 Admissions to the practice sequence may be limited due to university resources.