Oct 16, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

About the Program

The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College launched its Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program in Fall 2016. The BSW Program is open to matriculated Hunter College students with a credit range of 55 - 80 credits. The program offers students the opportunity to link theory and practice by participating in a robust curriculum and established field placements. Students learn the core skills of assessment, engagement, intervention, advocacy, and documentation through a generalist practice lens. The BSW Program will prepare undergraduate students to become knowledgeable, caring front line workers in areas of Child Welfare and Care Coordination; and it will prepare them to enter Master of Social Work (MSW) programs with advanced standing in the future. More details about the BSW Program can be found here.

Admissions Requirements

Applications are completely online.

  1. Students are admitted in the fall only.
  2. Students must be full-time, matriculated students at Hunter.
  3. Students will be considered for admission if they have between 55 and 80 credits and an overall GPA of at least 2.75.
  4. Students must have taken and received a grade of B or better, in the Introduction to Social Work course SW 20100 PSYCH 10000   or SOC 10100  are the prerequisite courses to register for the Introduction to Social Work course SW 20100 . Transfer students must apply to Hunter College and be accepted as a Liberal Arts student in the previous fall from the semester they are applying to the BSW program. Human Services majors with associate degrees may be required to take the Introduction to Social Work course SW 20100  at Hunter College to complete the BSW application requirements if they do not apply to Hunter College in the previous fall from the semester they are applying.

  5. Transfer students with an associate degree, who graduated from a Human Services program, and received credit from Hunter for a Human Services course as the equivalent to the BSW prerequisite, Introduction to Social Work course may still be required to take the Introduction to Social Work course SW 20100 , if the course they transferred in did not include at minimum, a required 32-hour, supervised, volunteer social services assignment.

Note: BMCC Human Service program graduates, who have been accepted to Hunter as full-time students are not required to register for the Introduction to Social Work course SW 20100  

Attendance Requirements

BSW program is a full time program.  All courses and field work are offered only during the day. Students must attend on a full-time basis. Courses are offered sequentially by semester, and must be taken in order.

  • All BSW classes, except for the Introduction to Social Work course, SW 20100 , are held at the Silberman School of Social Work.

Grading Policy

BSW students will receive a letter grade for course work. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is expected to remain in good academic standing. Students who do not pass a continuing course - offered over two semesters, sequentially - will not be allowed to repeat the course until it is offered again in the curriculum sequence. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only one time.


The Silberman School of Social Work Bachelor in Social Work degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).