Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2015-16 second edition, April 2015

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 Foundations Courses for General Education except the second writing course
  3. Students, who were accepted to Missouri State University (MSU) during or before the academic year 2012-2013 and who have completed SWK 200(3) Introduction to Social Work with a minimum grade of "C", are eligible to apply to the Program; however,

    Students who were accepted to MSU during or after the academic year 2013-2014 and who are currently enrolled in the following courses, are eligible to apply to the Program: SWK 200(3) Introduction to Social Work; SWK 219(3) Human Diversity; SWK 306(3), Interviewing Skills; SWK 313(3) Social Justice; and SWK 325(3) Human Behavior and Social Environment I. They must earn a "C" or better in these courses to be admitted. 

    Students, who were accepted to MSU during or after academic year 2014-2015, are eligible to apply with completion of SWK 200(3), SWK 213(3), and SWK 219(3) with a minimum grade of "C". Candidates whose application is reviewed positively will not have admission to the Program until grades of "C" or better are recorded for these courses at the close of the application semester.
  4. Special consideration for admission to the BSW Program will be given for those students who have completed SWK 300(1), Citizenship and Service Learning in Social Work (CASL), which is a one hour course attached to one of three courses: SWK 200, Introduction to Social Work; SWK 213(3) Social Welfare Policy and Services; and SWK 219(3) Human Diversity. 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 to ensure the proper selection and sequencing of prerequisites for the BSW Program.

Every student seeking admission to the 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 each semester. Applications will usually be available during the third week of classes each semester. Refer to the application packet for specific due dates because the dates can vary.

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 a 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 12-hour practicum); 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 BSW 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 BSW 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
  2. Recommended Course: SWK 300(1)
  3. Major Requirements
    1. Specific Course Requirements (other than Social Work courses): BIO 101(3) and 111(1), or BIO 121(4), or BMS 100(4), or BMS 110(3) and 111(1); ECO 155(3) or 165(3); PLS 101(3); PSY 121(3); SOC 150(3), PSY 304(3); and PSY 200(3) or SOC 302(3) or AGR 330(3) or MTH 340(3) or QBA 237(3) or REC 328(3)
    2. 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)
    3. Two SWK electives (6 hours)
    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of SWK 480(3) and 490(9).
  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 combined GPA (Missouri State and transfer combined) 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(9). A grade below a “C” in SWK 480(3) and/or a “Not Pass” grade in SWK 490(9) means the student must reapply for admission and be readmitted to the BSW 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 BSW major, or (b) dismissed from the BSW Program. Students on academic probation must achieve a grade of “B” or higher in the next nine hours of course work in Social Work courses attempted.