Admission Requirements

Following your passion for social work

To begin course work in the field of social work, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.

The social work program operates under a selective admissions policy to maintain a program of excellence in the classroom, to assure availability of quality internship placements and to ensure a qualified and ethical workforce.


Admission requirements

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 information

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.

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the social work program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major to social work by visiting the Academic Advisement Center, University Hall 109
  2. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study
  3. Complete the program’s admission requirements
  4. Work with the School of Social Work to complete the Application to a Degree Program form to update your record

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.