Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 preliminary edition, April 2014

Social Work


Social Work (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Social Work

Eligibility to apply

Students are eligible to apply for admission into the BSW program when the following conditions are met:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 45 hours with a combined GPA (Missouri State and transfer combined) of 2.50 or higher on a 4-point scale
  2. Completion of the Basic Required Courses for General Education except Writing II
  3. Completion of SWK 200219306325, and 313, with a minimum grade of "C". Special consideration for admission to the BSW program will be given for those students who have completed SWK 300, Citizenship and Service Learning (CASL), which is a one-hour course attached to one of three courses: (a) SWK 200, Introduction to Social Work; (b) SWK 219, Human Diversity; or (c) SWK 306, Interviewing Skills in Generalist Social Work Practice. A 40-hour volunteer/work experience in a human service agency within three years prior to application for admission can be substituted for this CASL experience with permission of the BSW Program Coordinator.

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program

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.

Program requirements

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); 22 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.

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirements: BIO 121(4) or BMS 100(4) or 105(4) or 110(4); ECO 155(3) or 165(3); PLS 101(3); PSY 121(3); SOC 150(3)
  2. Major Requirements
    1. SWK 200(3), 213(3), 219(3), 306(3), 307(3), 313(3), 314(3), 325(3), 326(3), 418(3), 420(3), 430(3), 480(3), 490(9) and two SWK electives (6 hours).
    2. PSY 304(3); PSY 200(3) or SOC 302(3) or AGR 330(3) or MTH 340(3) or QBA 237(3) or REC 328(3)
    3. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of SWK 480(3) and 490(9).

  3. Grade Point Average: all students admitted to the Social Work program must attain a Missouri State combined GPA of 2.50 or higher at the time of graduation.
  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Retention, progression, and graduation policies

After admission into the BSW program, students must achieve the following for retention in the major.

  1. Maintain a University combined GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  2. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in all social work courses, which are courses with “SWK” prefix.
  3. Failing a social work (SWK) course will result in the inability to progress in the program. If a student is formally accepted in the program and fails a course, s/he will be dismissed and will need to reapply.
  4. Courses in the social work major may not be taken more than twice.
  5. A student must earn a “Pass” grade in SWK 490. A grade below a “C” in SWK 480 and/or a “Not Pass” grade in SWK 490 means the student must reapply for admission and be readmitted to the program.
  6. Students must demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, behaviors and attitudes as defined by the National Association of Social Work (NASW).

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).