BSW Admissions

Prospective Student Information Sessions

The Bachelor of Social Work program offers Prospective Student Sessions throughout the academic year to help answer program questions and clarify application procedures.  Click to HERE to register for one of the dates below

February 13th at 3 PM

 To be admitted to the Lower Division, beginning freshmen must meet the following requirements:High School Students

  • Graduation from an accredited high school
  • Grade Point Average of 2.8 or higher, have a GED or equivalent by petition (for example, home school educations)
  • Completion of pre-college curriculum
  • Composite ACT score of not less than 21 

Admission into the Lower Division of the BSW Program does not guarantee admission into the Upper Division of the BSW Program.

External University Transfers

Transfer applicants with 24 hours or more must have a college grade point average of 2.8 or higher to be admitted in good standing to the Lower Division BSW Program. Transfer admissions website:

Please note: You must also apply to the University of Louisville, Office of Admissions to be accepted to the University, while concurrently applying directly to the Kent School BSW Program.


How do I know if my coursework will transfer?Click here for information on transfer coursework.

General Education Certifications from KCTCS for Full Certification

  • Students who have earned the Associates of Arts or Associates of Science (AA and AS) degree will be "fully certified" if they have completed the full 60-hour program described under the General Education Block Transfer Policy.
  • Once certified, students will be admitted to junior-level standing at the university, their general education course work will be accepted as meeting up to 48 hours of institution-wide lower division general education requirements.
  • The KCTCS college will certify the outgoing transcripts of AA or AS degree recipients.
  • Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree students do not receive a full certification; this degree is not geared towards a Bachelor’s degree.

Internal University Transfers

Students who have completed at least one semester in another school of the university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 may apply for an intra-university transfer to the Lower Division Bachelor of Social Work Program.

The Intra-University Transfer Form may be completed at on ULink.

Upper Division Applicants

Admission into the BSW Upper Division Program requires:

  • Minimum of 45 earned college credit hours
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application checklist

Secondary Application Form

Title IX/Clery Act Notification(must read for application process)

National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics

Please note: If you are applying from outside of the University of Louisville, you must also apply to the University of Louisville, Office of Admissions to be accepted to the university, while concurrently applying directly to the Kent School Upper Division BSW Program.


Application Deadline for BSW Upper Division Program

The Upper Division BSW application deadline is February 1st for admission into the following fall.  Please contact the BSW Department for approval to apply late. Late accepts are on a case-by-case basis.

BSW Curriculum

General Education Requirements: 34 hrs


  • Written Communication 6 hrs
  • Oral Communication 3 hrs
  • Mathematics (MATH 105 suggested) 3 hrs
  • Arts & Humanities (one course from each area) 6 hrs
  • Natural Sciences (two science disciplines, one with a lab) 7 hrs
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (one course must be World Civilizations History) 9 hrs

Competency Areas

Understanding Cultural Diversity (CD1 & CD2)* 6 hrs*

BSW Supporting Requirements: 21 hrs

  • SW 101 Orientation (if entering as first-time Freshman beginning Fall 2013) 1 hr
  • Human Biology (SW 203, HSS 202, or PSYC 344) 3 hrs
  • Statistics (SW 204, MATH 109, PSYC 301, SOC 301, or JA 326) 3 hrs
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 201) 3 hrs
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 201, SOC 202, or SOC 203) 3 hrs
  • Electives (suggested in areas of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Foreign Languages) 9 hrs

 BSW Program Academics Requirements


BSW Alcohol and Drug Counseling Track – see attachment

VOA/Centerstone – see attachment


Contact Information

Email BSW Program:

Phone: 502.852.8039

Fax: 502.852.0422

Director:  Dr. Armon Perry

Program Manager: Laurie A. O'Hare

Coordinator: Kim Rogers

Academic Counselor:  Chelle Giese