Eligibility & Process

The social work admissions process to two-fold: written application and an interview. Students learn about about this process and expectations when enrolled in SOWK 2140 and/or SOWK 2120.

To be accepted into the social work major, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum 2.50 GPA in required Social Work courses completed to date. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 is preferred and GPA between 2.25-2.50 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transfer students will need to provide a copy of unofficial transcript from any schools previously attended.
  • All required courses that have a social work prefix (SOWK) must reflect a letter grade of C or better.
  • Evidence that the student has extended themselves in their community in some way.
  • Provision of evidence of psychological, behavioral or physical well being if requested by the Department of Social Work.
  • Complete the take home writing assignment.
  • Complete the application for social work admission and submit along with:
    • Statement of interest
    • Transcript
    • Evidence of volunteer work or extending oneself in the community
    • References: one should be from your volunteer work or from someone who can talk about how and in what ways you have extended yourself in the community.
  • Schedule an interview with the Social Work faculty.

Admission to the Department of Social Work and interviews normally occurs once per semester.

During the admission process students will demonstrate:

  1. Beginning level understanding of, and a commitment to the values and ethics of the Social Work profession.
    • NASW Code of Ethics
    • MN Board of Social Work Code of Ethics
    • General professional standards of conduct
  2. Beginning level knowledge and understanding of:
    • Generalist social work practice
    • Ecosystems perspective
    • Strengths approach
    • Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness
    • Social work roles and functions
    • Intrapersonal adjustment to the degree that personal issues will not interfere with establishing and maintaining a professional helping relationship.
    • Interpersonal relationship skills and knowledge and appropriate application of those skills.
    • Writing skills reflecting clarity of thought and thought process, proper grammar and organization of ideas and sentence structure.

Admissions Application

Students interested in majoring in social work should first contact the Department Chair. She will assist in answering questions, discuss the application process (written document and interview with a social work faculty member), and help new majors begin their educational journey!

Dr. Rebecca Hoffman, Chair
Social Work Department
218-755-2837
rhoffman@bemidjistate.edu