The BASW program admits a cohort or students each autumn quarter only. All applicants must be admitted to UW Tacoma to be considered for BASW program admission.
Prior to applying for BASW program admission, applicants must complete all admission requirements for UW Tacoma and the BASW program (or have a plan in place to complete the required courses prior to beginning classes). Transfer and Running Start applicants are encouraged to meet with a university admissions advisor prior to applying.
Application opens: 01/02/24
Priority deadline and early reviews: 03/15/2024
Application closes and final reviews: 08/15/2024
Autumn quarter 2024 admission only
The first round of application reviews will begin after our priority deadline of March 15th, however the program will continue to review program applications completed after this deadline on a space-available basis until August 15th. Some applicants may be placed on a waitlist; applicants not admitted off the waitlist must submit a new application to be considered for a new program start.
How to Apply
After reviewing the admission and special requirements above, complete a Social Welfare Application.
The following is needed to complete a Social Welfare Application:
Access to your academic record to be able to report your prerequisite grades and number of earned and planned credits.
Social Welfare Admissions Essay (prompts available in the web application).
Students that were enrolled in the UW Tacoma BASW program before leaving UWT should notify the program of their intent to return to UWT and the BASW major via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting a Social Welfare Application.
Students that were previously enrolled at UW Tacoma as a premajor or declared a different major should complete a Social Welfare Application.
Essential Skills, Values and Standards of Professional Conduct
Our commitment to diversity is elaborated on this webpage on Essential Skills, Values, and Standards of Professional Conduct. Before submitting an application, all applicants should review these essential abilities to understand the qualities and professional behavior expected of students.
Major Principles of the National Association of Social Workers' (NASW) Code of Ethics
The NASW is the major professional organization for social workers. Before submitting an application, all applicants should review the NASW Code of Ethics to understand the major principles to which students of UWT BASW program are expected to adhere.
The University of Washington Health Sciences Center requires that its students show documentation of protection against a number of vaccine-preventable diseases. The University of Washington Seattle School of Social Work falls under the umbrella of UW Health Sciences and therefore all UW Tacoma MSW and BASW students must comply. Applicants must submit the HSIP Acknowledgement form with their application.
New students admitted to the Social Work Program must submit appropriate documentation within a specific timeframe. New students will be advised of specific submission deadlines upon admission, but generally all documentation must be supplied prior to entering the Social Work program. The following immunizations and verifications are REQUIRED for all Social Work students. No student will be permitted to enter any practicum site until all immunization verification is submitted and verified by the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP). Students must document immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis, Varicella (chicken pox), COVID-19 (and any required boosters), TB screening and have an annual influenza vaccine. Due to the nature of health professions training programs, exemptions are rarely granted and only in alignment with CDC recommendations, HSIP policy, and University policy and practice.