Social Work Degree Application Process

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Autumn 2015 Application deadline: March 1, 2015


Our application process is designed to allow students to outline their motivation to enter the social work profession and increase the likelihood of a good match between the student applicant and the major. In order to apply to the Social Work major, you must meet the criteria listed below.

Current Ohio State students who are in the pre-major for the social work program should meet with your academic advisor, Wolali Dedo to review the application process and be sure your course work is planned correctly for spring 2015 and/or summer 2015 semesters to meet the requirements for the major prior to autumn 2015 semester.

Transfer students planning to attend the The Ohio State University Marion campus to complete the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) please be sure your transfer credits will include equivalent courses to the pre-major requirements listed below if you plan to apply to the major for autumn semester 2015. If you would like to speak to the academic advisor for the BSSW program please contact our Academic Advising Office at 740-725-6334 for an appointment or email academic advisor Wolali Dedo for more information. Admissions information to assist you in applying to The Ohio State University is listed below.

Complete the following pre-major required coursework prior to beginning the social work major in autumn semester 2015.

  • Biology 1102
  • English 1110
  • Math Placement Level R or higher or completion of Math 1075
  • Psychology 1100
  • Exploration 1100.01 or 1100.02 
  • Social Work 1120, 1130 and 1140 
  • Sociology 1101

In addition, you will need to do the following:

  • Earn a minimum of 2.0 cumulative grade point-hour ration
  • Earn a minimum of a 2.0 pre-major point hour ration after completion of the required
    pre-major courses
  • Complete a personal statement: Applicant is strongly encouraged to complete volunteer experience in social related field prior applying. Any work/volunteer experiences related to social work should be included in your application
  • Submit a PDF of your unofficial transcript  (OSU students this is an Advising report)

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following standards:

  • Academic Record
  • Composition and content of the submitted personal statement
  • Evidence of emotional and professional readiness to work with clients
  • Applicant work/volunteer experiences related to Social Work

If you are a current Ohio State student on any Ohio State campus, you need to submit your application to the social work major using CARMEN. To apply to the social work major, click below on the "application instructions for Ohio State Students" below to view the instructions to begin this process.

If you are a future transfer student from another university or college intending to major in social work, you must complete the application process to The Ohio State University as well as to the College of Social Work.

To apply to Ohio State, go to and complete the on-line application found on the "Future Students" tab. To apply to the social work major, click below on the "College of Social Work Major Application" to download and complete the application. In addition, click "Personal Statement" to view the instructions and questions. Email your completed application, written personal statement, and unofficial transcript to Wolali Dedo at Application materials (application, statement, transcript) must be sent together in order to be considered for review. You will receive a confirmation email, once your materials have been received.

Deadlind to Apply:  March 1,  2015 (Applications received beyond the deadline will be considered if space permits)

Submit application materials in person or send to:

Wolali Dedo
BSSW Academic Advisor
The Ohio State University Marion
100 Maynard Hall
1465 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, Ohio 43302

For more information, please contact:

Wolali Dedo, BSSW Academic Advisor
(740) 725-6373
For an appointment call: (740) 725-6334

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