Application for admission to La Salle University Social Work Program may be
submitted following completion of SWK 160: Introduction to Social Work, and
must be completed by October 15 of the semester the student is enrolled in SWK
340: Preparation for Professional Practice. The student can declare social work
as a major upon admission to the University; however, the student is only formally
accepted into the Social Work Program with the successful application process
The student must meet the following criteria for admission into the Social
- an overall GPA of 2.30 (Students with GPA below 2.30 may apply for conditional
acceptance to the Program)
- a final grade of C or better in all social work courses with a course designation
of 200 or above
- an affinity with and commitment to the values and ethics of the social work
profession as set forth in the NASW Code of Ethics
- Complete the application form. Submit the completed form with the following
- Two letters of recommendation. One recommendation will be from a person
associated with a community service experience in which the student has
participated. The second recommendation will be an academic reference from
a university faculty member other than La Salle University Social Work Program
- Autobiographical statement. Complete a personal statement (maximum of
four (4) pages, typewritten and double-spaced) discussing your motivations
for choosing social work as a profession, and describing significant people
and life events that have been instrumental in your decision to seek a degree
in social work. Address areas of special interest or concern relevant to
social work. Note: The autobiography statement completed in SWK 160 will
be accepted to fulfill this requirement.
- A copy of your current college/university transcript.
- Copy of current criminal clearance.*
- Copy of current child abuse clearance.*
- Submit the completed application to the Social Work Program Director.
- The full Social Work Program faculty will review your application, and each
will vote on your candidacy.
- The student will be notified of the Program faculty's decision in writing.
The admission decisions include a.) full admission, b.) conditional admission,
or c.) no admission.
- The Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and/or the Director of Continuing
Studies, and the Registrar will also be notified in writing of the Program's
* A history of criminal conviction and/or child abuse does not automatically
preclude admission to the Social Work Program. However, the student will be
required to share this information with the field practicum supervisor in the
agency. The student is responsible for informing the Social Work Program of
any changes in criminal and/or child abuse status.
** In the event of a violation of the NASW Code of Ethics, the student may
not be granted admission to or continuation in the Social Work Program.