The undergraduate Social Work Program at Missouri State University builds upon a liberal arts education while preparing students for the practice of Social Work, with an emphasis on the strengths perspective. Social Work is a comprehensive major consisting of 48 hours of required Social Work courses (which includes a 12-hour practicum); 22 hours of required courses from the humanities and the social, behavioral, and biological sciences; and 6 hours of electives offered by the School of Social Work (SWK electives). Students who successfully complete general education, all general baccalaureate requirements and major requirements are awarded a Bachelor of Social Work degree.
Prospective students must contact the Coordinator of the BSW Program to obtain information on how to be admitted into the program and be assigned an advisor. Accepted students are expected to consult with their advisor at least once a semester.
This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Additional information regarding the BSW Program may be found in the BSW Student Handbook available from the School of Social Work.
Eligibility to apply
Once accepted to MSU, students are eligible to apply for admission into the BSW Program when the following conditions are met:
- 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
- Completion or concurrent enrollment in the Foundations Courses for General Education except the second writing course
- Completion or concurrent enrollment in 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.
Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program
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 BSW committee will make a decision to admit 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.
Students who are planning to pursue a BSW degree must complete the following steps:
- Declare a major in the Social Work Program within the University which places the student in pre-admit status.
- When a student is eligible to apply for admitted status, the student must submit a formal application, with accompanying forms, to the School of Social Work office. Directions for completing the packets will be included within the application packet. Applications for admission to the Program will be available online. Refer to the application packet for specific due dates because the dates can vary. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Incomplete applications may result in not being considered.
- Students will be notified, prior to registration, if they are admitted into the BSW Program. If the student is not admitted, the student will be responsible for meeting with his/her advisor to transition into another major.