Admission to Social Work Practice Sequence

Graduating with a degree in social work is a two-step process:

  1. Declaration of social work major with the College of Arts and Sciences
  2. Admission to Social Work Practice Sequence

The Social Work Practice Sequence includes upper-level social work courses during the student's last three semesters of college: two semesters of intensive, hands-on coursework and a one-semester field practicum at a social service agency.

Students apply for the practice sequence prior to their last three semesters of coursework.

When you plan on graduating When to apply to the practice sequence
May 2025 October 2023
August or December 2025 March 2024
May 2026 October 2024

To be admitted to the social work practice sequence, students must have:

  • Taken or be enrolled in SOCWK 100, 315, and 510
  • Grade of C or above in all social work courses
  • 2.5 overall GPA and 3.0 core social work GPA
  • A long-range plan completed with your academic advisor that will allow you to graduate in three semesters upon entering the practice sequence

Have questions?

  • Learn more about the social work practice sequence in this short video
  • Learn more about the application process in this short video
  • Contact your academic advisor ( or the social work program coordinator ( with additional questions.

Application Process

To complete your application for the social work practice sequence, please complete the following. References, admission application, and sign-up for admissions interview should all be completed by the end of day on Monday, October 2.

  1. At this link, sign-up in advance for admissions interviews that are scheduled the week of October 16-18. Interviews will be held via Zoom.
  2. Email this link directly to two individuals to have them provide a reference for you:
    • Appropriate references include former/current employers, non-social work instructors, or supervisor for community service hours. Individuals providing your references should complete the form by Monday, October 2. We recommend you send the reference this link at least a week in advance to provide them sufficient time. You are responsible for ensuring that references are received by October 2.
  3. Write a personal statement (see instructions here).
  4. Complete the Admissions Application at this link. This will require you to be ready to submit your personal statement.