Social Work Program Application

The Social Work program is accepting applications for new students. For admission into the Social Work program, the following courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to application:

  • SOCY 1000 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOWO 2000 Introduction to Social Work
  • SOWO 3910 Field Practicum

The student must also have a cumulative of 2.5 to be fully accepted into the program.

Students must complete the following application process for admittance into the Social Work Program:

  1. Complete application form. Include picture for future assistance in completion of letters of reference. The picture is only used for identification purposes and does not have any bearing on admissions decisions.
  2. Write an essay of not more than four typewritten pages, double spaced.
  3. Obtain letters of recommendation from two persons you feel know you well. They may include professors, social workers, supervisors from work, or social agency personnel. You should obtain approval of your choices from the Social Work Admissions Coordinator prior to requesting that they write letters of reference. Auburn University social work faculty cannot write recommendation letters for this purpose.
  4. Submit a current transcript if you are not currently enrolled in Auburn University.
  5. Schedule an interview with your program advisor when you turn in the admissions packet. This is your responsibility.

Your essay should address why you value a social work education, social problems with which you are most concerned, your values concerning human beings, an assessment of your ability to contribute to the social work profession, and when and where you have had experience helping people. The interview may also address these points or may be used to explore particular issues in greater detail.

To help in preparation of the essay and interview, the following are suggested:

  • Students should give consideration to the extent to which their personal values are consistent with the National Association of Social Workers code of ethics, especially those regarding respect for individual rights and choice. The Committee wishes to encourage inclusion of personal events which have contributed to the student's growth in tolerance, sensitivity, and/or interest in social work. Students are also encouraged to include issues which the student is working to reconcile with Social work values, but which remain problematic.
  • The student's acceptance of diversity with regard to race, age, gender, disability, life style, sexual behavior, religious/nonreligious belief, or intellectual ability will be addressed.
  • The student should present her/himself and the essay in a professional manner. The essay should reflect the purpose for which it is required and evidence awareness of the audience to whom it is addressed. The purpose of the essay and interview is to enable the committee to evaluate the student's aptitude for social work. The essay should be directed toward this task and should not be used as a forum to express opinions or values on unrelated issues. Professional presentation also includes use of correct English, a well-prepared essay, and punctuality in scheduling and meeting the interview.
  • The student should provide evidence of interpersonal and communicative skills, which will be considered. This should be indicated in the student's assessment of her/his abilities, experiences in helping others, interest in social work education, and ability to communicate clearly in written and verbal language.

Application materials should be obtained from the Social Work Department (7030-G Haley Center) or from Emily Myers, Director, Social Work Program, Haley Center, Room 7030-F.

Completed applications should be returned to your advisor who will schedule your admissions interview with you. Students who submit applications in summer or fall of 2011 will be considered for admittance for the following semester as per the number of seats available. Admission decisions for Spring 2012 will be announced no later than 15 November 2011.

The use of cumulative grade-point average (GPA) for admission into the Social Work Program is subject to review by program faculty, provided that minimum requirements are met. Applicants not accepted for a given semester may re-apply. The maximum number of applicants admitted will be based on the criteria listed above in conjunction with departmental resources.

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Students are encouraged to work with their social work faculty advisor in development of their admissions application and in completing the admissions process. An initial review of the application will be conducted to determine if prerequisites have been met and if application is complete. An interview with a faculty member will follow once you have scheduled the interview appointment. After the interview, the admissions committee, including the social work faculty, will make the admission decision. Students in good academic standing (not on academic probation or suspension) with a grade-point average of 2.5 who have completed the three required courses with a grade of C or better are eligible for full admission into the program. A decision will be made at the admissions meeting following completion of their interview and circulation of application file to the committee. Action may be either acceptance, denial, or conditional acceptance, unless a compelling reason exists for denial of admission. If denial is suggested by a committee member, the admissions decision will be deferred. A statement giving the reasons for the proposed denial will be given to the student with copies to committee members within one week. Students will be given an opportunity to reply. Denial requires a majority vote of those eligible to make the admissions decision. The application usually will be processed within two weeks. The student is notified of action taken in writing with reasons within ten days.

Conditional acceptance allows a student admission to the program contingent upon the satisfaction of some requirement in course work or other matters relating to admission criteria. Conditions for moving from conditional to full admission will be specified in writing to the student. Students whose applications are denied will be given the opportunity to reapply unless they have been previously terminated from the program. In such cases, students must receive prior approval for reapplication. All students may enroll in all social work courses except Methods (SOWO 4060, 4070, 4080) and Field Placement (SOW0 4950). See Standards of Social Work Education - Process of Review. (coming soon)


Students may register appeals or grievances through the Auburn Association of Student Social Workers Grievance Committee, the Admissions Coordinator, the Social Work Program Director, the Department Chair, and/or Auburn University student Academic Grievance Committee. Appeals and grievances should be made in writing. Appeals and grievances will be taken up at the Admissions Committee meeting following notification of the grievance or appeal.

Last Updated: April 07, 2014