Thank you for your interest in Bemidji State University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree
Ideally, prospective students will complete the social work pre-admission and supporting foundation courses as part of their liberal education coursework and prior to admission to the program. Students may apply for admission to the program during their sophomore year, after completing approximately 30 semester credits and completion or enrollment in the three pre-admission courses. Social work students must have a 2.0 overall GPA, a combined 2.5 GPA in SOWK 2120, SOWK 2140 and the diversity course and C or better in SOWK-prefix courses.
2020-2021 On-Campus BSW Admissions Deadlines
- October 12, 2020, 8 AM
- February 8, 2021, 8 AM
Admission to the On-Campus BSW Program
STEP 1: TRANSFER TO BSU (If Applicable)
Apply to BSU as a transfer student. 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: DECLARE YOUR MAJOR
Declare Social Work as your major.
- How to declare a major information can be found here.
STEP 3: LIBERAL EDUCATION
Complete 30 semester credits, 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:
- BIOL 1110 Human Biology(4 credits)
- POL 1200 Introduction to American Politics(3 credits)
- PSY 1100 Introductory Psychology(4 credits)
- PSY 2217 Abnormal Psychology(4 credits)
- SOWK 2110 Intercultural Communication(3 credits)
Select 1 of the following courses:
- CRJS 3201 Research Methods and Statistics for Criminal Justice(3 credits)
- PSY 3401 Basic Statistics for Research(4 credits)
- SOC 3001 Social Statistics(3 credits)
Social Work Pre-Admission Courses (Complete these prior to the semester of application, if possible. Must be enrolled in these three courses no later than the semester of application.)
- SOWK 2120: Intro to Social Welfare
- SOWK 2140: Field Experience (Subst. Intercultural Communications SS20)
- Select 1 of the following diversity electives:
- COMM 3150 Gender Communication(3 credits)
- ENVR 3600 Environmental Justice and Sustainability(3 credits)
- GWS 3850 Sex, Gender and Power: Theories and Practice(3 credits)
- HST 2700 The History of World Religions(3 credits)
- INST 1107 Introduction to Turtle Island(3 credits)
- INST 4900 Social Justice(3 credits)
- SOC 2230 Race and Ethnic Relations(3 credits)
- SOC 3270 Intersectionality (3 credits)
- SOC 3320 Social Class and Inequality (3 credits)
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
STEP 5: APPLICATION
Complete the Social Work Program application process. Submit all documents to SOWKAdmissions@bemidjistate.edu. Put your name in the Subject Line of the email.
- Complete the BSW Application Bemidji State University
- Complete the BSW Application for Admission Personal Narrative
- Complete the BSW Application Namid Reynolds Case Study Essay
- Complete the BSW Application Namid Reynolds Eco Map
- Submit unofficial transcripts
- Submit most recent Degree Audit Report
STEP 6: REFERENCES
Send reference forms and follow-up.