Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

B.A.S.W. Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the B.A.S.W. major, you must:

  • be currently enrolled or accepted for matriculation at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Fordham College at Rose Hill, or Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies
  • have completed approximately 50 credit hours
  • have fulfilled most of the B.A.S.W. program prerequisites
  • ideally have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • be able to communicate well in English

Students are expected to complete the 33 credits of the B.A.S.W. program within two years, either on a full-time or part-time basis. You should consider this in determining when to submit your application.

The B.A.S.W. program encourages applicants who demonstrate both academic competency and characteristics that will serve as a solid base for professional development, such as maturity of judgment, openness to new ideas, a capacity for developing self-awareness and readiness to change, and an acceptance of differences in people.

Other essential qualities include a commitment to social and institutional change, and values consistent with the mission of social work. Paid or volunteer work in social or civic organizations demonstrates the kind of motivation we look for in applicants. We ask people who write letters of reference on your behalf to evaluate you on the basis of these qualities.


Students may apply for admission to the B.A.S.W. program after they have completed approximately 50 undergraduate credit hours and most of the following prerequisite courses. (Grades of D are not accepted.)

  • One sociology course
  • One psychology course
  • One biology course (with an emphasis on human biology)
  • One American pluralism course
  • One course related to contemporary government or social policy in the United States
  • Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: This 4-credit course introduces students to the values, knowledge, and skills of the social work profession. The focus is on the historical and contemporary roles and relationships of the social work profession to community problems, fields of practice, vulnerable populations, and social welfare history and policy. The course instructor will evaluate each student’s performance and readiness to enter the social work program as part of the admissions process.

Core Curriculum:
Some of these prerequisite courses (such as biology and American pluralism) may also satisfy the requirements of Fordham’s core curriculum and/or the requirements of other majors and programs in the University.

Transfer Students: You must be accepted to Fordham University before your application to the B.A.S.W. program can be reviewed. Substitution of courses taken at institutions other than Fordham University will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Fordham College at Rose Hill students are expected to complete another major in the University in addition to the major in social work. The dual major requirement for students transferring 50 or more credits is evaluated on an individual basis.

Students at Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies and Fordham College at Lincoln Center are not required to complete another major but are welcome to do so.

Various departments or programs in the University accept some B.A.S.W. courses in place of required courses for their major. For example:

  • The Social Work Practice in Research I and II courses satisfy the 4-credit research requirements of the Sociology department and the Interdisciplinary Social Science program.
  • Both programs also accept Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare as an elective course.

Contact your faculty advisor or the B.A.S.W. program director, David Koch, Ph.D., at or (212) 636-6656 for more details.


All application materials are confidential and shared only with people directly involved in the admissions process. All records and documents become the property of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program of Fordham University.

Every application package must include the following six elements. You must submit the entire application package together.

1.  Application form:  Print out the application (PDF) complete it in full and sign it.

2.  Autobiographical statement:  Please submit atyped statement (3-5 pages) about your backgroundand interests, using the following as aguide.  You are expected to respond to all of these questions:
  • How did you become interested in social work?  If this interest represents a change of career plans, what are the reasons for the change?
  • What educational, professional, voluntary, and/or community experiences and relationships have contributed to your interest in social work?
  • Which personal qualities and abilities do you feel will be helpful to you in the social work profession?  In what way will they be helpful?
Place your name, social security number, and date on the last page of the statement.

Your autobiographical statement helps us assess whether you have the necessary writing ability for the B.A.S.W. program.  Please be certain that your statement is a fair sample of your writing skills and meets the level of proficiency that the faculty might expect for writing assignments given in class.

3.  Three letters of reference:  Please use the forms provided in the application packet.  Three recommendations, as well as the Letter from the Instructor of Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare, are required.

Use academic or social work employment references whenever possible.  If these are not applicable to you, your references should come from people who have knowledge of your professional capacity.

One of your three references should come from an academic institution or professor familiar with your work within the last 12 months.  At minimum, one of the letters should be from an instructor of a course you took within the last two years.

4.  Letter from the Instructor of Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare : Please ask the instructor of your Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare course to complete this form in the application packet, evaluating your performance in class and readiness to enter the B.A.S.W. program.

5.  Signature authorizing the release of student records:  Sign the "Release of Student Records" item that appears at the bottom of page 2 on the application form.

6.  Admissions interview:  Once you have submitted your fully completed application form, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

Submit all six required elements of your application package to:

David E. Koch, Ph.D.
B.A.S.W. Program Director
113 West 60th Street, Room 716
New York, NY 10023


We accept applications for the B.A.S.W. program in the fall or spring semester.  We evaluate the applications as they come in; therefore, we encourage you to apply early.


We are eager to help you successfully complete the application process.  Please contact the program's director, David Koch, Ph.D., with any questions at or (212) 636-6656.  He welcomes questions from any undergraduate students who are exploring a career in social work.                                                        

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