Students are eligible to apply for admission into the BSW program when the following conditions are met:
Students, who are planning to pursue a BSW degree, must declare a major in the social work program within the University.
Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor in the School of Social Work prior to or upon entering the University and, at least, once a semester thereafter to ensure the proper selection and sequencing of prerequisites for the BSW program.
Every student seeking admission to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program must submit a formal application, with accompanying forms, to the School of Social Work office, in accordance with the due date that semester. Directions for completing the packets will be included within the application packet.
Applications for admission to the program will be available once a semester. For fall admission, packets can be picked up early in the spring semester. For spring admission, packets can be picked up early in the fall semester. Refer to the application packet for specific due dates.
Students seeking admission to the BSW program do so with the understanding that: (a) admission is competitive and selective and not all who apply can be accommodated; and (b) meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee a student will be admitted.
The decision to admit a student to the BSW program will be based on the holistic picture of the completed course work and values that are consistent with the conduct of the profession and the Social Work Code of Ethics.
The undergraduate Social Work program at Missouri State University builds upon a liberal arts education while preparing students for the practice of social work, with an emphasis on the strengths perspective. Social Work is a comprehensive major consisting of 48 hours of required social work courses (which includes a 9-hour practicum and 3-hour seminar); 20-28 hours of required courses from the humanities and the social, behavioral, and biological sciences; and 6 hours of electives offered by the School of Social Work (SWK electives). Students who successfully complete general education, all general baccalaureate requirements and major requirements are awarded a Bachelor of Social Work degree.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the coordinator of the Social Work program with any questions or concerns. Accepted students are expected to consult with their advisor, at least, once every semester.
This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Additional information regarding the Social Work program may be found in the BSW Student Handbook available from the School of Social Work.
After admission into the BSW program, students must achieve the following for retention in the major.
Students who fail to meet the retention criteria may be: (a) placed on academic probation in the social work major, or (b) dismissed from the social work program. Students on academic probation must achieve a grade of “B” or higher in the next 9 hours of course work in social work courses attempted. Students receiving less than a “C” in an “SWK” course must follow the above criteria (see # 2 - #5 above).