On-Campus BSW Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in Bemidji State University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree

Program Eligibility

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


Declare Social Work as your major.

  • How to declare a major information can be found here.


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:

Select 1 of the following courses:

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.)

  1. SOWK 2120: Intro to Social Welfare
  2. SOWK 2140: Field Experience (Subst. Intercultural Communications SS20)
  3. Select 1 of the following diversity electives:


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


Complete the Social Work Program application process. Submit all documents to SOWKAdmissions@bemidjistate.edu.  Put your name in the Subject Line of the email.


Send reference forms and follow-up.

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