School of Social Work

Apply to the BSW Professional Sequence

BSW Professional Sequence Application Period: Fall 2018

Application Available: August 1, 2018

Application Deadline: September 30, 2018

Decision Notification E-mails sent: November 2, 2018

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)),
  • 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 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

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

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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/Spring 2019:

IMPORTANT: If you applied to the Fall 2018 Professional Sequence, your existing application will be available to update on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, and will be due before midnight on Sunday, September 30, 2018.

All applicants are encouraged to attend the BSW Professional Sequence Application Informational Meeting on Wednesday, September 5th, 11:00am-11:50am, in Colusa Hall, Room 100A.

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:

  • Applicants must have already applied to CSU, Chico through Cal State Apply or have already been admitted to CSU, Chico to submit a BSW Professional Sequence Application.
  • Next, applicants will submit a BSW Professional Sequence Application online, with
  • Uploaded unofficial transcripts from all colleges, community colleges, and/or universities attended
  • Personal Statement (Click here for questions)
  • Volunteer Hour Verification Letters e-mailed by your supervisors: by November 30th. Hours must be completed by December 15th.
  • If you have questions about this process, please contact Jenny Funk or

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.