Social Work Undergraduate Program

Mission statement

The BSW Program’s mission is to prepare ethical leaders to engage with local and global communities who are committed to Missouri State University’s public affairs mission by providing evidenced-based, theoretically grounded, policy informed, culturally competent generalist practice to advance human rights and eradicate social, economic, and environmental injustices.

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.
    • Work with individuals, families, groups, and communities to provide basic needs and enhance human well-being.
  • With a Bachelor of Social Work degree, you can earn your master’s degree in one additional year through our advanced standing degree option. Visit the MSW webpage for more information. 
  • 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 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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