Undergraduate Admissions

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Information regarding the admissions process, requirements, deadlines, and fees is on the George Mason University Office of Admissions website.

Apply to the Social Work, BSW Program

Thank you for your interest in George Mason University's Social Work Department. We are pleased that you are considering GMU for your undergraduate studies in social work.

Social Work Major Admissions Requirements

All of the following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to apply to the major:

  1. Be admitted to George Mason University
  2. Completed at least 45 credit hours with a GPA of 2.50 or better
  3. Completed BIOL 103, ENGH 101, SOCI 101, and PSYC 100
  4. Earned at least a "C" in SOCW 200, SOCW 357, SOCW 361, and at least two of the following courses: SOCW 311, SOCW 312, SOCW 375, SOCW 380

Please note that students MUST complete all of the following courses (including the prerequisites) before the fall semester when you begin the senior field practicum: SOCW 200, SOCW 311, SOCW 312, SOCW 357, SOCW 361, SOCW 358, SOCW 362, SOCW 375, and SOCW 380.

Students who do not have a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application will have their application returned and are advised to reapply when the required GPA is attained.  Students should see their advisor to discuss academic plans.

Although some students may be conditionally admitted during the semester, the admission is contingent upon maintaining or achieving a 2.5 GPA by the end of the semester.  Students not meeting this and all other requirements will not be admitted to major.  There is no admission to major in the summer.  Students who were unable to meet the required GPA of 2.5 for admission to major, but who are within the range of 2.4-2.49 and have completed all other requirements to be admitted to major, may be allowed to take courses during the first summer session only (Session A) in an effort to acquire the required GPA for admission of 2.5 and continuance into senior year.  Students must provide two copies of written notification of their above intent: one copy to the BSW Program Director and one copy to their advisor.

The student's application will be reviewed by Social Work faculty members who will then recommend the action to be taken.

The faculty advisors may require a personal interview before a decision is made.  A student may appeal an addition decision by submitting a written statement of appeal to the BSW Program Director.  The appeal must be submitted within seven (7) working days of receipt of the denial of admission.

Admission to Major 2.5 GPA: Students who have difficulty achieving a 2.5 GPA for admittance to the social work major should consider getting special tutoring or re-evaluate their decision to major in social work

Maintaining a 2.5 GPA:  Students who have difficulty maintaining a 2.5 GPA, once admitted to the major, should see their advisor for academic support.

Students who are eligible to apply for the major will receive instructions via their Mason email. The application deadline for this year is January 31, 2016.

Declare a Minor

  1. Print and fill out a Minor Declaration (Undergraduate) form (pdf).
  2. Submit the form to the minor advisor.  

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are determined by George Mason's Office of Admissions. The College of Health and Human Services is unable to issue decisions on University admissions. Contact the George Mason Office of Admissions for information on admissions guidelines and requirements.

University Deferment Policy

Applicants who did not receive an admission decision for the original term they applied will be reviewed for a decision for the next semester. Applicants who were admitted but chose not to attend the semester they were admitted will be considered again for admission to the next term. In both instances, admission is subject to university enrollment limits. Applicants who decide to remain at their previous institution will be required to submit in progress grades before their deferred application is reviewed for a decision.

Once a student applies for deferment, it is the student's responsibility to drop all registered courses by the deadline date listed in the Schedule of Classes. Failure to do so may result in full or partial tuition liability. All classes in which a student is enrolled past the drop deadline will remain part of the official academic record, which includes tuition liability and receiving a grade "F."