We welcome applications from students who are current UW students, prospective transfer students who are currently applying to the UW, and returning UW students in the process of applying to re-enroll


  1. A 2.0 cumulative minimum GPA or higher

  2. A minimum of 65 college level credits by start of program 

  3. Completed two BASW prerequisite courses with a 2.0 ("C") grade or higher in each course. These courses do NOT have to be completed at time of application, but must be completed before you start the program in September.

    We require one introductory course in each of the following categories: Psychology and Sociology. Introductory courses refer to all 100 and 200 level psychology and sociology courses at UW. The Equivalency Guide shows how courses from a Washington State community or technical college will transfer to the UW. 

Note that transfer courses listed as 1XX or 2XX do not necessarily satisfy the BASW prerequisites, though they are accepted as general transfer credit. See details here. If you have questions about how credits will transfer from a four-year or out-of-state college or university, contact Nicole Guenther*Please note: the University of Washington as an institution does not accept any kind of Human Service credits (SHS, HS, etc.) as transferable credits. Any credits earned in these courses will not count towards the minimum 65 transferable credits required to transfer into the program. 

Please note: The BASW Program has removed the human biology and economics/political science prerequisites. 

  • Though not a requirement for BASW admission, an approved introductory Statistics class is a required prerequisite of senior year BASW courses and is recommended prior to admission. Approved UW courses include STAT 220/221, STAT 311, and EDPSY 490. If you are considering taking any other statistics courses, please contact Nicole Guenther
  • Though not a requirement for BASW admission, BASW students must fulfill the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (third year of high school foreign language or third college quarter of a foreign language, or equivalent) in order to graduate.  This graduation requirement is different from the UW foreign language admission requirement. It is helpful but not required to complete your language requirement before starting the BASW program. 

All applicants must complete a minimum level of preparation in six subject areas. This requirement ensures that students entering the University have an academic foundation and are adequately prepared to succeed in college. CADR are UW admission requirements and generally must be completed before the first quarter of enrollment at the UW.