Social Work Undergraduate Program

Meaningful opportunities, growth and empowerment

Become an ethical leader, to engage with local and global communities, who is committed to providing evidenced-based, theoretically grounded, policy informed, culturally competent generalist practice to advance human rights and eradicate social, economic and environmental injustices.

Degree options

The BSW Program at Missouri State is available in two options, seated on campus or fully online. During the application process, students will select the program option of their choice.


Review a sample degree plan that details your path to graduation.

Why earn your Bachelor of Social Work at Missouri State?

Our professional program prepares you to work in the in-demand field of social work. You'll find yourself working with individuals, families, groups, and communities to provide basic needs and enhance human well-being.

  • Missouri State gives students the choice between completing the BSW program though seated courses on campus or fully online. 
  • Through a partnership with textbook publishers, you can purchase required books for program courses at extremely discounted rates. 
  • With a Bachelor of Social Work degree, you can earn your master’s degree in one additional year through our advanced standing degree option.
  • 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 community supports a variety of social service agencies — from clinical to faith-based to rural — providing you with opportunities to explore the 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.

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Preparing for generalist practice

Our program prepares you to enter generalist social work practice and emphasizes respect for 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