Students wishing to become social work majors should contact the department for advising early in the spring semester of their sophomore year prior to earning 48 total semester hours.

Application Requirements

To apply for admission to the program students must:

  • Complete SOCW 200 and 210 with at least the grade of C

  • Have an overall grade point average of a 2.3

  • Complete 60 clock hours of volunteer or paid experience in a human services field

  • Complete the non-departmental requirements

  • Declare a social work major

  • Meet with your academic advisor to review your course of study

No credit hours may be awarded for life experience towards the social work major.

We accept applications through Jan. 15 every year.  Students must submit all application materials in a single packet. Late applications may not receive full review until August. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the department.

If accepted, you will be expected to complete a criminal background check in July prior to full admission to the program. After admission, students must repeat the criminal background check by Aug. 15 of each year. The cost is approximately $100 for the first year and $40 in the second year. These prices are subject to change. Students must also provide proof of immunizations to USD Student Health.

Application Materials

The application consists of:

  1. Application checklist
  2. Personal statement
  3. Letter of reference from a current or former professor (other than a USD social work professor) or employer
  4. Letter documenting paid or volunteer work experience requirement
  5. Most current unofficial transcript
  6. Immunizations

When completed, please submit the documents to:
Attn: BSSW Admissions
Department of Social Work
School of Health Sciences
Room 253 Julian Hall
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069

If you have any questions about the program, please contact your advisor or email admissions chair Kathy LaPlante (kathy.laplante@usd.edu).

Application Documents