School of Social Work

Am I Ready?

Am I ready to apply to the Professional Sequence?

The School of Social Work at California State University, Chico has declared our admissions status to 'impacted' for our BSW Program beginning Academic Year 2018-2019. Click here for more information.

You are able to apply if:

  • You reside within one of the 18 Northern California Counties see map (PDF) (PDF),
  • You have a qualifying cumulative GPA (grade point average), and
  • You have passed the 5 Social Work Prerequisite Courses by the Summer semester, with a grade C or better, and
  • You have passed the three Social Work Core Courses by the Fall Semester, with a grade C or better, or you are currently enrolled in these courses during the Fall semester

Click here for more information on this impaction criteria.

Fall 2018 Applicants: You are ready to begin the Fall 2018 Professional Sequence if: 

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  • For students who are already attending CSU Chico, or for transfer students who have applied to CSU, Chico and are in the process of getting admitted to the University for Fall 2018
  • Completed of a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) by end of Summer before starting applicant’s Junior year. The 60 units must include all five of the General Education (GE) requirements including the ‘Golden Four’ (A1-A4):
    • A1 Oral Communication,
    • A2 Written Communication,
    • A3 Critical Thinking
    • A4 Quantitative Reasoning
  • Completed or have in-progress, at CSU, Chico or their articulated equivalents and the following 5 prerequisites. These must be completed with a grade minimum of C, and must be completed by the end of Summer before starting the applicant's Junior year. (see )
    • A4 Statistics
    • B2 Life Science: (Human Anatomy, Biology or Physiology)
    • D1 Individual & Society –Introduction to Sociology SOCI 100
    • D2 Political & Econ Institutions– Introduction to Economics ECON 101, or Principles of Macro Analysis ECON 102, or Principles of Micro Analysis ECON 103
    • Principles of Psychology PSY 101
  • SWRK 170, SWRK 200, and SWRK 202 must be completed with a grade minimum of C, by end of Fall semester of Junior year.
  • GPA Requirements
    • Traditional Applicants: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Distributed Learning Applicants: A minimum cumulative 2.1 GPA
    Documented in-progress or completion of 60 volunteer hours in one or more social service agencies. Hours must be completed by December 15th. Supervisors will send verification information to bswadmissions@csuchico 
  • CSU Chico continuing students and new transfer students have equal consideration in terms of admission to the BSW Professional Sequence

I'm Ready to Apply!