Social Work Majors

Students 6BSW students who have completed the pre-social work major prerequisites may apply to the social work major. The Steve Hicks School of Social Work considers students for admission to the major twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Application requirements include:

  • 45 semester-hours of coursework (including 30 in liberal arts)
  • Minimum UT Austin GPA of 2.0
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in social work prerequisite or equivalent courses
  • Completion of the following courses with a “C” or higher:
    • SW 310: Intro to Social Work and Social Welfare Practice
    • SW 312: Generalist Social Work Practice
    • SW 313: Social Work Research Methods
    • SW 318: Social Work Statistics
    • SW 325: Foundations of Social Justice
  • Emotional and professional readiness to work with clients
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please note that these are the minimum application requirements, and thus meeting them does not guarantee admission to the major.

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work schedules informational meetings for students who have been advised to apply to the major. Specific instructions and application forms are provided during the informational meetings.

If you have any questions about applying for the social work major or want to schedule an informational meeting, please contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Alexis George, at