Admissions to the Baccalaureate Program

The University at Albany's School of Social Welfare is a nationally ranked program that offers outstanding education for the social work profession -- one of the most in-demand career choices for the next two decades.

The School's Baccalaureate Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. SSW faculty and students have won many honors for their dedication to solving human problems.

Social work is a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options -- a rewarding profession devoted to helping people function their best at home and in the community. Through social work, you can provide direct service or therapy to people, or work for change to improve social conditions.

  • The Baccalaureate Program prepares students for beginning social work. It provides liberal education for students interested in the social sciences and human service professions and many graduates qualify for advanced standing in M.S.W. programs.

All students majoring in social welfare at our school must complete an admissions application. The deadline for admissions, a complete downloadable application packet containing all instructions for completing the application is located on the right hand side of this web page. Please note that the application instructions require:

Applicants who are not a current University at Albany student must submit their application to the University at Albany office of admissions at the same time they submit a separate application to become an undergraduate at the University at Albany. If you are not a current University at Albany student and need more information, please contact The University at Albany Office of Admissions at or (518) 442-5435

Applicants who are already current University at Albany undergraduate students and who want to apply to become social welfare majors must submit their application directly to the school of social welfare. If you are a current University at Albany student and need more information, please contact