Admission to the Social Work Program

Students may apply for admission to the Social Work Program during their sophomore year, after completing approximately 30 semester credits of liberal education and completion of or enrollment in three pre-admission courses.  Social Work students must earn a 2.0 overall GPA, a combined 2.5 GPA in Social Work Pre-Admission courses, and C or better in all SOWK-prefix courses to be admitted.

Prospective students will apply for admission to either the hybrid track or the on-campus track for the social work major. Both tracks offer the same curriculum and require the same knowledge and skill development that focuses on 9 social work competencies and 31 related practice behaviors.

Social Work, BSW – Two Tracks

    • Social Work, BSW (On-Campus) is largely classroom-based while also integrating online and community-based components to enhance student understanding and application of practice theories and concepts.  The on-campus BSW program is more flexible and offers students the opportunity to enroll in core social work classes at their own pace.  Students meet in the classroom with their peers and professors for most coursework.
    • Social Work, BSW (Hybrid) is a mostly online track with a once a month on-campus component to apply practice theories and concepts.  SWIM students take 2-3 classes each semester (usually two).  They travel to campus one Saturday each month for face-to-face dialogue and to learn practice skills.  All other coursework is completed online.  SWIM students take courses as a cohort, meaning the course schedule is pre-determined and all cohort members take the same classes each semester.  Bemidji State’s SWIM program has been recognized as the nation’s eighth-best online social work degree in the U.S.!  To top it off, we charge the same tuition for in-state, out-of-state, and international students!

Admission to the BSW Program

STEP 1:  APPLY OR TRANSFER TO BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY (BSU)

Apply or transfer to BSU.  You can access information about this process here.

  • Select “Bemidji State” as your school
  • Select “Earn Bachelor’s (four-year) degree” under Area Six (Major)
  • Select “Part Time Student”
  • Select “Online” as your preferred delivery method
  • Select “Social Work” as your major/academic program
  • Select “Bachelor of Science” as your desired degree/award

STEP 2:  LIBERAL EDUCATION

Complete approximately 30 semester credits of liberal education, including social work supporting foundation and pre-admission course work.  Some liberal education courses can also count toward your social work degree.  See this page for details.

Social Work Supporting Foundation Courses:

Select 1 of the following courses:

STEP 3: SOCIAL WORK PRE-ADMISSION COURSES

Enroll in these three courses prior to or during the semester of application. (Students apply for the Social Work Program upon completion of approximately 30 semester credits)

  1. SOWK 2120: Intro to Social Welfare
  2. SOWK 2140: Field Experience
  3. Select 1 of the following diversity electives:

STEP 4: SEMESTER OF APPLICATION

Collect documentation needed for the application and become informed about the process.

  • Read the BSW Admissions Policies and Procedures
  • Read the BSW Program Student Handbook
  • Read the NASW Code of Ethics
  • Obtain all unofficial transcripts for all social work coursework completed at other institutions
  • Print most recent Degree Audit Report (DAR) from Bemidji State University
    • Open your DAR, select “Print”
    • Print as .PDF
    • Save to your computer as DAR FIRST NAME LAST NAME
  • Talk to two potential references (academic or professional/volunteer) and request recommendations
  • Attend a Social Work Application Help Session

STEP 5:  APPLICATION

Complete the Social Work Program application materials. Submit the following application materials by the deadline to SOWKAdmissions@bemidjistate.edu.  Put your name in the subject line of the email.

  • BSW Program Application
  • Namid Reynolds Case Study Essay
  • Namid Reynolds Case Study Ecomap
  • PDF copy of student’s Degree Audit Report (DARS)

STEP 6:  REFERENCES

Send reference form and follow-up.

  • Download and email the BSW Recommendation Form 2020-2021 to one reference (academic and/or professional/volunteer)
  • IMPORTANT:  Inform reference they must download, save, and open the fillable PDF form from the computer prior to completing it.
  • Follow-up with reference to make sure they’ve submitted your reference to SOWKAdmissions@bemidjistate.edu by the due date.
  • Please note, students may request more than one recommendation to ensure one recommendation is received by the application deadline.

Step 7: APPLICANT REVIEW

Social Work faculty will review all program applications using the BSW Admissions Application Rubric.  Applicants will be notified by BSU e-mail of their admission status within approximately two weeks of application.

2020-2021 BSW APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • July 12th, 2021 at 8 AM

2021-2022 BSW APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • October 11, 2021, 8 AM
  • February 7, 2022, 8 AM
  • July 11, 2022, 8 AM (Note, this is a hybrid SWIM admissions deadline only)

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