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School of Social Work

Apply to the BSW Professional Sequence

Application Available: August 1, 2020

Application Deadline: September 15, 2020, 5:00PM

We are pleased to invite applications to our BSW Program for the Spring of 2021 from all qualified candidates regardless of their place of residence.  We will use a points system to give preference to individuals from our region, however, we will consider all applications. 

 For students applying to our Distributed Learning Program (DL), please note that you will be required to both live in the region and complete your internship/field hours within our service region.

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 have a qualifying cumulative GPA (grade point average) Traditional applicants 2.5 minimum, Distributed Learning applicants 2.1 minimum, 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 3 Social Work Core Courses by the Fall semester with a grade C or better, or are currently enrolled in these courses during the Fall semester

Please be aware, because our program is impacted(opens in new window), preference will be given to students who reside in our service region.

Click here for more information(opens in new window) on this impaction criteria.

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BSW Application Information Session

All applicants are encouraged to attend the BSW Professional Sequence Application Informational Meeting which will be held in late July 2020.

All Transfer Students and Currently Enrolled CSU, Chico Sophomores choosing “Pre-Social Work” as your major will need to complete a Professional Sequence Application at this time for the Social Work Program along with the Cal State Apply application for admission to CSU, Chico. Please note, you will need to complete your Cal State Apply application first in order to generate a Chico State ID, which you will require for applying to the professional sequence. Complete the professional sequence application.

First-time Freshmen choosing “Pre-Social Work” as your major do not need to complete a Professional Sequence Application at this time for the Social Work Program at CSU, Chico. Please note, you will need to complete a Professional Sequence Application during the fall of your Junior Year. Please contact the Social Work department with questions related to advising and applying to the Professional Sequence.

The Professional Sequence application process must be initiated at least 5 business days prior to submitting your application. Due to the electronic nature of this application process, please allow for technical delays which may impact your submission timeline.

Application Process:

Step 1: Apply for admittance to CSU, Chico through Cal State Apply online, pay the application fee, and submit official transcripts to CSU, Chico Admissions. The Cal State Apply application must also be completed by the Professional Sequence deadline.

Having technical problems applying to CSU, Chico through Cal State Apply? Please contact the Cal State Apply Helpline: 857-304-2087

Step 2: Submit an online Professional Sequence Application, with uploaded unofficial transcripts and Personal Statement. Step 2 cannot be completed until an application has submitted a Cal State Apply application.

Application Checklist:

Setting Up a New Account to Begin Professional Sequence Application if you do not already have a CSU, Chico ID number or Portal Account:

  1. Make sure your Cal State Apply application has been submitted.
  2. Four business days (Monday-Friday) after submitting the Cal State Apply application, contact the School of Social Work by calling 530-898-5043.
  3. Obtain your Chico State ID number from the School of Social Work.
  4. Create your account using the Account Initialization Tool.
  5. Allow one business day for our account records to update.
  6. Proceed with your BSW Professional Sequence Application.

Am I ready to apply to the professional sequence? What else do I need to apply?

Professional Sequence Application Walk-Through PDF (PDF)

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Applicants will register for Professional Sequence classes as if accepted into the program. Applicants will be contacted by the BSW Program Director once acceptance letters are sent.