Missouri State University

Social Work Undergraduate Program

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Why study social work at Missouri State?

  • Our professional program prepares you for entry-level positions in the social work profession, one of the most in-demand careers in the 21st century.
  • With a Bachelor of Social Work degree, you can earn your master’s degree in one additional year through our advanced standing degree option.
  • You gain hands-on experience through field experiences, which can take you around the world and help you understand what area of social work you are passionate about.
  • The Springfield, Mo., community supports a variety of social service agencies — from clinical to faith-based to rural — providing you with a diversity of opportunities to explore the social work profession before graduating.
  • Our undergraduate program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which increases your eligibility for advanced placement in graduate programs and licensure.

Preparing for generalist practice

The social work undergraduate program at Missouri State prepares you to enter generalist social work practice with an emphasis on understanding and respecting diversity, values and ethics.

Generalist social work practice is defined as the use of social work intervention programs to solve societal and interpersonal problems. By blending classroom learning with field experiences, you learn about the many aspects of generalist practice:

  • Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Community practice
  • Education
  • Evaluation of social policy
  • Organizational management
  • Social work practice with couples, families and small groups