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BA in Social Work Admissions

Timeline for Declaring Your Major in Social Work

Continuing Rutgers students should declare their major early in the spring semester of their sophomore year. The priority deadline to declare your major in social work is February 15th

Transfer students should apply to Rutgers University first, specifying their interest in the social work major on the application. Transfer students are encouraged to meet the Rutgers fall application deadline of February 1 in order to be considered for the social work major.

Major Requirements

In order to be approved for the social work major, you must have completed the following:

  • First two years of a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA.  Students begin required social work classes at the beginning of their junior year.  
  • Approximately 60 credits, including most, if not all, of the University's general education or core requirements.
  • Pre-requisites for the Social Work major.
    • Human Biology or Facts of Life (Camden)
    • Basic Psychology
    • Statistics for Social Science or Elementary Applied Statistics
    • Introduction to Sociology
  • One course from two of the following areas:
    • Art, Communications/Speech, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Theatre

Declaration Procedure for Fall 2020 

  • Continuing Rutgers Students (New Brunswick, Camden and Mays Landing):
    1. ​​Confirm that you meet the GPA and course requirements for the social work major.
    2. Complete the fall 2020 Social Work Major Declaration form and select 'social work' on your MyMajor portal.
    3. Once confirmed eligible for the major, register for classes!
  • Transfer Students:
    1. ​​Confirm that you meet the GPA and course requirements for the social work major.
    2. Apply to Rutgers University by February 1 to receive fall admission to the university.
    3. Once admitted to the university, complete the fall 2020 Social Work Major Declaration form and select 'social work' on your MyMajor portal. *Transfer students to the Camden campus do not need to complete this form, simply complete the undergraduate application and select social work as your first choice major.
    4. Once confirmed eligible for the major, register for classes!

Decision and Notification

Students who submit their social work major declaration form and meet all social work requirements are notified of approval for the social work major in the spring semester.  Declaration forms should be submitted by February 15th in order to ensure space availability in the major. Students will receive confirmation of their major in social work via email.  

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