Social Work (BASW) Online Admissions

BASW Admissions Requirements:

To apply for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A completed Associate's degree OR at least 60 transferable college credits
  • A 2.0 or higher GPA
  • Completion of the SOWK 102 and SOWK 203 required pre-requisite courses (see below for more information)

Please note, the online Social Work (BASW) program is typically completed part-time

*Please note that students who have already completed another Bachelor's degree are not eligible for this program (please contact us in such case for information about our MSW program, which is available in the face-to-face format)*

BASW Required Pre-Requisites:

Completion of the below prerequisite courses is required before beginning the program:

  • SOWK 102 – Modern Social Welfare Dilemmas
  • SOWK 203 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment

The following courses are recommended to have been completed before beginning the Social Work Online Program, but are not required (they can be taken online as a part of the program*):

  • BIOL 204 – Human Biology
  • PSYC 100 – General Psychology
  • Any one of the following*:
    • GOVT 111 – Intro to American Government
    • GOVT 112 – State & Local Government
  • Any one of the following:
    • SOCY 101 – Intro to Sociology
    • SOCY 210 – Sociology of the Family
    • SOCY 211 – Social Problems

*At this time, there are no government courses offered online.  This requirement is recommended to be completed at another school and transferred into the program.  All other required courses will be available online.

BASW Application Requirements:

You must also submit the following to the Office of Online Programs in order to be considered for admission into the program: 

  • A completed online application (the online application is free up front but a $40 application fee will be deferred on your first semester bill once the program has been started)
  • An official transcript from ALL previous institutions of higher education attended

*Early acceptance is also offered for students in their final semester of an Associate's program*

Social Work Online Application Process

1.  Apply!
  • To apply for admission to the online Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program, please complete our quick and easy application!
2.  Send in official transcripts
  • Once you have applied, you can either have your official electronic transcripts emailed directly from the school to or have mailed copies sent to the below address.  Electronic transcripts are typically the fastest way to get transcripts to us.
    • Office of Online Programs
      Millersville University
      Lyle Hall, Room 208
      P.O. Box 1002
      Millersville, PA 17551
  • *If requesting transcripts electronically please have them sent directly to
  • **Please note, transcripts must be sealed, official copies sent directly from the university or college.  Any opened transcripts (electronic or mailed) are considered unofficial copies**

*Millersville University’s Online programs offer rolling admissions and applications are reviewed for acceptance as they become complete.

Social Work Online Admissions Process

Once all admission documents are received an official admissions decision will be made and a transfer credit evaluation will be completed.

If accepted into the program, a packet will be mailed with an official admissions offer letter, instructions to confirm acceptance including a response form and an official transfer credit evaluation.

To confirm acceptance, the admissions response form and a $150 check/money order must be mailed to the below address.  Deposit checks and money orders must be made out to "Millersville University"

  • Office of Online Programs
    Millersville University
    Lyle Hall, Room 208
    P.O. Box 1002
    Millersville, PA 17551

Social Work Online Cohort Start Dates

Cohort Start Date

Spring 2021 Cohort

January 18, 2021

Fall 2021 Cohort

August 23rd, 2020

Social Work Online Application and Admissions Support

From the time a prospective student inquires to the time they have confirmed their acceptance, the Office of Online Programs Admissions Counselor will work with the student to help answer questions and/or concerns regarding the application and admissions process, provide transcript updates, complete transcript evaluations, announce admission decisions and assist with confirming enrollment.

After a student has confirmed their acceptance, they will continue to work with the Office of Online Programs through an assigned Student Support Specialist.  The Student Support Specialist will be available to all online undergraduate students to assist with any and all non-advisement questions.

Please also feel free to visit our Online Student Support Resources page for more information and additional resources available to online students!

MSW and MSW/MSEM Dual Programs

If you have completed your BSW (Bachelor's in Social Work) or another Bachelor's degree and are interested in pursuing a Master of Social Work or MSW/MSEM dual degree, you can find more information on

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