Program Requirements

Building a foundation for excellence

The undergraduate social work program at Missouri State University builds upon a liberal arts education while preparing you for the practice of social work.

Social work is a comprehensive major meaning no minor is required. The program consists of 48 hours of required social work courses; 20-21 hours of required courses from the humanities and the social, behavioral and biological sciences; and six hours of social work electives.


Required course work

Program requirements

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. Major Requirements
    1. Recommended Course: SWK 300(1)
    2. Specific Course Requirements (other than Social Work courses): BIO 101(3) and 111(1), or BMS 100(4), or BMS 110(3) and 111(1); ECO 155(3) or 165(3); PLS 101(3); PSY 121(3); SOC 150(3), PSY 304(3); and PSY 200(3) or SOC 302(3) or AGR 330(3) or MTH 340(3) or QBA 237(3) or REC 328(3)
    3. SWK 200(3), 213(3), 219(3), 306(3), 307(3), 313(3), 314(3), 325(3), 326(3), 418(3), 420(3), 430(3), 480(3), 490(9)
    4. Two SWK electives (6 hours)
    5. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of SWK 480(3) and 490(9).
  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Requirements for continuing in the program

Retention, progression, and graduation policies

After admission into the BSW Program, students must achieve the following for retention in the major.

  1. Maintain a combined GPA (Missouri State and transfer combined) of 2.50 or higher. If a student drops below a GPA of 2.50, the student will be withdrawn from the program at the end of the semester.
  2. Achieve a grade of "C" or better in all Social Work courses, which are courses with "SWK" prefix.
  3. Earning a "D" grade or below in a Social Work (SWK) course will result in the inability to be admitted into the program. If a student is formally accepted in the program and earns a "D" grade in a Social Work (SWK) course, the student must retake the course before progressing. If a student is formally accepted in the program and earns an "F" grade in a Social Work (SWK) course, s/he will be dismissed from the program at the end of the semester and will need to reapply.
  4. Courses in the Social Work major may not be taken more than twice.
  5. A student must earn a "Pass" grade in SWK 490(9). A grade below a "C" in SWK 480(3) and/or a "Not Pass" grade in SWK 490(9) means the student must reapply for admission and be readmitted to the BSW Program.
  6. 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.
  7. Students must demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, behaviors and attitudes as defined by the National Association of Social Work (NASW).