Advisement

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Undergraduate advising

Students in the BSW program are assigned a faculty advisor by the BSW program coordinator when they declare their major as social work. The School of Social Work recommends that you meet with your advisor at least once a semester until you graduate.

Your advisors will assist you in planning your course work and registering for classes. You can access your advisor’s information through My Missouri State.

Advisors also help evaluate your performance within major course work. If your performance has been inadequate, your advisor will discuss the issue with you. When you are formally admitted into the BSW program, your advisor may talk with you about deficits or concerns.

Graduate advising

All MSW students are assigned a faculty advisor who serves as a consultant on course scheduling and sequencing, student issues that impact their learning, and general professional mentoring and advisement. Graduate students must meet with their advisor once a semester to receive approval for registering.

Your advisor will assist you in completing your plan of study form, which must be submitted to the Graduate College prior to the completion of 14 hours of course work:

Role of the advisor

Faculty advisors seek to accomplish several objectives:

  • Explaining the requirements for general education and the social work major
  • Preparing you for the admission process into the School of Social Work
  • Providing academic guidance in selecting courses consistent with preparation for generalist practice and your interests
  • Completing academic degree program forms for your records
  • Assisting you in assessing practicum sites
  • Informing you about involvement opportunities within the School of Social
  • Assessing your progress within your program of study and discussing your personal and academic concerns
  • Assisting you in assessing your aptitude and motivation for a career or graduate study in social work

Advisors will assist you in understanding all University and departmental requirements; it is your responsibility for completing all requirements.