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Social Work Admissions

Admission to the Social Work Program is competitive and is not guaranteed by admission to Eastern Connecticut State University. Applications for the social work major are due on January 31 each year for students expecting to graduate in May, two years following application. Applications received after that date are reviewed as space is available in the junior class.

Application Forms and Information

Prior to the application, please read the following information thoroughly.

Application and Admission Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Fill out the following forms and send all of your documents (BSW Application Form, Professional reference, Essay and Transcripts) in one email to Dr. Eunice Matthews-Armstead at by January 31.

  1. BSW Application Form (form as attached)
  2. Professional Reference (form as attached)
  3. Personal essay
  4. Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended

Because of the small program size, sequential curriculum and learning community cohort model, students must be accepted into the social work major in time to complete the remaining four semesters at Eastern predominantly in social work courses. Forty of the student's last 60 credits are generally in required social work courses.

The Social Work Program selectively admits approximately 35 new social work majors each year. Students entering Eastern as first-year students or sophomores should begin as pre-social work majors. During their first two years of university, pre-social work majors are expected to work toward completion of the University's liberal arts core curriculum and the social work program's liberal arts foundation and professional foundation.

Transfer Students

Students entering Eastern with approximately 45 or more college credits should complete the application process as indicated above. Transfer course equivalency credit will be determined by articulation agreements between Eastern Connecticut State University and/or the Social Work Program and the school from which the student is entering Eastern.

Students entering Eastern's Social Work Program from community colleges and other non-CSWE accredited programs should be aware that course equivalency credit cannot be given for upper-level social work practice, research and field work courses or the social work senior seminar.

The Social Work Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

Acceptance criteria are detailed in the application and Social Work Program Handbook.