Important Information

The 2023 BASW Application deadline is now closed. The application for Fall 2024 admission will be published in January 2024 and due April 15th, 2024. Please note: application materials are subject to change each year. Please wait to begin working on your application until January of the year you intend to apply.

The UW School of Social Work seeks to enroll well-qualified students of varying backgrounds and a commitment to working with diverse populations. The BASW program is capacity constrained, admitting about 52 students each Fall, and is based on academic performance and potential, clarity and appropriateness of career objectives, understanding of social issues, and knowledge of diverse populations. Our commitment to diversity is elaborated in our Essential Skills, Values and Standards of Professional Conduct page. All applicants should carefully review these essential abilities before completing the BASW application. 

*Please note: this is not the correct application if you’re applying for the UW Tacoma BASW program.

Transfer Students

If you are applying to our program as a transfer student, you must submit a UW Transfer Application in addition to our departmental application. The UW Transfer Application is typically due in mid-February. If you have missed the UW Transfer Application deadline and would still like to apply, please contact our SSW Admissions team as soon as possible to explore your options. 

UW Transfer Application 

Transferring credits: 

If you are transferring to the UW from a Washington state community college, be sure to check out our Transfer Equivalency Guide to confirm which credits will transfer from your current institution to the UW and how. Please note: Human Service credits (HS) or Social Human Service credits (SHS) often do not transfer well to the University, as they are considered voccational credits instead of academic credits. If you have social human service credits and are looking to transfer to the University of Washington, please book an appointment with a BASW admissions adviser to discuss your options.

UW Transfer Equivalency Guide 

Connect with an adviser 


Applicant Responsibilities

The Admissions Committee strives to give all applications the most prompt and thoughtful consideration possible. The following steps help to make this possible:

  • Ensure you meet all minimum eligibility requirements and will satisfy BASW prerequisites before you begin in Autumn quarter.
  • Use this page to know which materials you need to prepare in order to apply.
  • Review your materials for completeness and accuracy before submitting. We recommend keeping copies for your records.
  • Notify us promptly via e-mail of any change of address or to withdraw your application from consideration.


The 2023 BASW Application deadline is now closed. The application for Fall 2024 admission will be published in January 2024 and due April 15th, 2024.

*Please note: application materials are subject to change each year. Please wait to begin working on your application until January of the year you intend to apply.

Accessing the Application:

  • The application may be completed in multiple sittings and will save previously entered data so long as you use the same Google account each time to log into and complete your application. We strongly recommend preparing all required materials ahead of time and having a strong and reliable internet connection before starting the application. Once the application is submitted, you cannot make changes to the application. 
  • The forms can be completed, signed (for more detailed information on adding electronic signatures to PDF forms, please visit this site), and saved using Adobe Reader version 8 or later. The latest version of Adobe Reader may be downloaded here for free. If you experience problems, check to make sure you have downloaded the forms and opened the downloaded file in Adobe Reader (not your internet browser). Please name forms using the format "Last Name_First Name_document.pdf." Before proceeding to the next step, make sure to check that all documents uploaded correctly and that forms are not blank, blurry, or incomplete. 
  • The BASW application is hosted on a Google platform which means that a Google account is necessary to complete the application. If you do not already have a Google account, please create one for the purpose of submitting the application. 

Application Instructions:

  • Respond to the questions, providing basic contact information as well as general applicant information. You will also enter prerequisite course information and respond to the following two short answer questions.
  • Answer the following short answer questions, to help the admissions committee contextualize your strengths and personal history. Your responses may be no more than 1500 characters each (including spaces):
  1.  Please share a situation in which you have experienced or engaged with social injustice either in your personal experience or as an advocate. How did you handle the situation?  What did you learn from the situation that is relevant to social work? 

  2. Optional: Our goal is to admit students who are prepared to be successful academically, and we understand that people's journeys are complicated. If you have classes on your transcript in which you earned lower than a 2.0 or did not successfully complete (earning grades such as 0.0, NS, NC, W), you are invited to give any information that might help us understand better how your situation or skills have changed since that time.​

*Please do NOT edit this PDF form directly in your web browser. This has been known to cause problems.

Download the Application Signature & Social Service Experience Form by clicking here.
Download the form and fill out all fields. Check the necessary boxes and include a signature and date at the bottom of the first page. Fill out the Social Service Experience Form (page 2) with your paid and unpaid social service or human service experience.  Save the form and upload it in the designated space in the dropbox. Consider “social service experience” to mean experiences where you helped other humans in ways that align with the School of Social Work mission statement. Feel free to use this guide to assist you in identifying relevant experience.

  • Include the number of hours you worked each week and the total number of hours worked in each position.
  • Identify if it was a paid or volunteer position.
  • Calculate and report your total reported hours at the bottom of this form.

Make extra copies of the second page if you need to list additional experiences.

Submit an up-to-date résumé no longer than two (2) pages in length, by uploading it to the designated space in the application in PDF format. There is no required résumé format or order. As the résumé is a critical element in the review of your qualifications, it is very important that you carefully follow these instructions – in your résumé, include (if applicable):

  • Educational background
  • Paid work experience: dates, number of hours per month, employer name and address, job title, brief overview of job responsibilities
  • Volunteer and community service experience (dates, number of hours per month, organization name, duties/roles)
  • Student leadership experience (dates, number of hours per month, organization name, your title, duties/roles)
  • Awards, honors, and special achievements you have earned (academic, work, volunteer)
  • Special skills (e.g. bilingual skills, artistic talent, research skills)
  • International experience (length of time, brief description of your activities)

Submit an essay, following the guidelines below, by uploading it to the designated space in the application in PDF format. The admissions essay is a critical element in the review of your qualifications. Carefully follow the instructions we provide as thoroughly as possible and stay within the essay length limits set.

The essay should be two (2) pages maximum, machine-generated, double-spaced with a font size of 12pt and one-inch margins. Save the document as one single PDF file.

Prompt: The UW School of Social Work seeks to promote social and economic justice in underrepresented and underserved communities. Write a statement discussing how your personal, academic, volunteer and/or work experiences have led you to the Social Welfare major. How do your experiences and goals fit with our mission, inspire you to serve others, and inform your career aspirations?


You must submit a transcript(s) from EVERY college you’ve attended, by uploading the transcript(s) to the designated space(s) in the application in PDF format. Students who are currently attending the University of Washington are not exempt from this requirement, and must upload a UW transcript.

  • Unofficial transcripts (e.g. a scanned copy of an official transcript) are acceptable, but must be legible and complete.  Blurry or incomplete documents will not be accepted. Transcripts must clearly show the name of your university/college, all course and grade information, cumulative GPA, etc.

Official transcripts are not required at time of application, however if you are offered admission as a transfer student to the UW, you will be required to submit official/final transcripts at that time to the UW Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If offered admission to our BASW program, you will be required to submit a final updated unofficial transcript to us via email that includes your final quarter grades at your current institutions, all prerequisite courses, credits and/or degrees earned. 

*Please note: the University of Washington as an institution does not accept any kind of Human Service credits (SHS, HS, etc.) as transferable credits and any credits earned in these courses will not count towards the minimum 65 transferable credits required to transfer into the program. 

  • Complete the remaining required fields, then submit the application as instructed. A message will display, confirming that the application (and uploaded documents) has been successfully submitted. 
  • Monitor your email for notifications of any missing or incomplete information in your application. 
  • Decisions will be sent between the end of May and mid-June. In some cases, typically pertaining to incoming transfer students, decisions may not be released until later. If you do not hear from our department regarding your decision by mid-June, please contact our admissions team.