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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 24.9k / 1 year
  • Foreign: $ 24.9k / 1 year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 1 May
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 151pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    Our BSW Program has a proven track record as one of the nation’s first accredited programs. We’ve been training BSW students for more than 30 years to help them prepare for the next step in their social work careers.   

    Our curriculum incorporates a professional foundation that includes:

    • Social Work Practice
    • Human Behavior and Diversity
    • Community Social Services
    • Social Policy
    • Research Methodology for Social Workers

    When you finish your degree here, you will be eligible for state licensing or certification. ​

    ​- English: ENG 101 (4 credit hours)

    - Math: Two math courses, one of which must be ST 311 (6 credit hours total)

    - Foreign Language: Intermediate level (201 or higher, 3 credit hours)

    • Humanities:

    ​- History: One course from history group I and one course from history group II (6 credit hours total)

    - Literature: One course from literature group I and one course from literature group II (6 credit hours total)

    • Philosophy: One course (3 credit hours)
    • Social Sciences:

    ​- Sociology: 1 course *SOC 202 recommended* (3 credit hours)

    - Any Social Science from the Social Science GEP Course List (3 credit hours)

    - Anthropology: One course *ANT 252 recommended* (3 credit hours)

    - Psychology 200 (3 credit hours)

    • Natural Sciences:

    ​- BIO 105/106 or BIO 181, BIO 183, BIO 212 (4 credit hours)

    - Any Natural Science from the Natural Science GEP Course List (3 credit hours)

    • Arts and Letters: One course from approved list (3 credit hours)
    • Additional Breadth: One course from approved list (3 credit hours)
    • Interdisciplinary Perspective: Two courses from approved list (5 – 6 total credit hours)
    • Health and Exercise Studies: Two courses (2 – 3 total credit hours)

    - Students must take a 100 level AND a 200 level health and exercise studies course

    - HESF 100 is a two-credit Health an Exercise Studies course that fulfills both the 100 level and 200 level equipment. This is the only health and exercise studies course that can double-count for both requirements. 

    • Free Electives: 15 total credit hours (courses can be from any discipline and can be taken pass/fail as long as they are not counting towards a major or minor. Students are limited to 12 S/U credit hours for free electives).

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Considered a more selective university, NC State accepts about half of those who apply for undergraduate admission. For the class of 2019, 21,104 applied and 10,584, or 50%, were accepted, of whom 4,210 enrolled.

    Members of the class of 2019 had average SAT verbal, math and writing scores of 610, 640 and 587, respectively, for a two-part total (verbal and math) of 1250 (1600-point scale) or a three-part total of 1836 (2400-point scale). The 4,210 students who enrolled had an average high school GPA of 4.44; 40%, or 1,677, ranked in the top 10% of their graduating classes. There were 130 valedictorians and 102 salutatorians in the class.

    Transfer admission is also very competitive. The mean transfer GPA was a 3.30 fall of 2008. In the fall of 2015, 4,165 students applied to the transfer class; 1,470, or 35%, were admitted.

    NC State does not require undergraduate admission candidates to choose a preferred college of study. After determining that an applicant meets the overall university requirements, the individual college must also agree to accept the student. Because of this process, some colleges have significantly higher admission requirements than others.

    The Graduate School reviews all postgraduate education applications. For fall 2015, 14,394 prospective students applied to the Graduate School; 3,460 (24%) were admitted. Of these, 2,982 (80.3%) enrolled.

    Program requirements

    A complete application includes:

    • application submitted through the Common Application or the Coalition Application
    • a non-refundable $100 application fee.  International applicants do not qualify for fee waivers.
    • proof of English proficiency
    • official secondary school transcripts and external examination results (Records not issued in English must be accompanied by an English translation that is certified by an appropriate school official, official translator, or U.S. embassy or consulate official.)
    • Certificate of Financial Responsibility (only required for students needing F-1 and J-1 visas)
    • online portfolio and essay (required for studio-based major programs)

    Letters of Recommendation are not required and not recommended. The College Report, Secondary School Final Report, and Mid-term Report on the Common Application are not required and not recommended.

    What can I do with a degree in Social Work?

    Social Work is a very versatile degree. Many students enter the field of social work because they think that they want to go into counseling, but that is just one possible career choice. A counselor is just one type of social worker. Social workers also work in public health, substance abuse, mental health, child welfare, veteran affairs, schools, case management, social services, clinical therapy, community development, criminal justice and corrections, developmental disabilities, employee assistance, lobbying, policy making, etc.

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