Hybrid BSW

BSU’s hybrid BSW, the Social Work Integrative Model (SWIM), has been recognized as the nation’s eighth-best hybrid social work degree in the U.S.! The hybrid track is designed to allow students more flexibility than the on-campus program without compromising access to the same fully accredited degree program.

The hybrid BSW track is delivered in a cohort-style format, with the same group of students taking all coursework together on a preset schedule. Students come to campus approximately one Saturday a month while the rest of their education is delivered synchronously and asynchronously online. A new cohorts start each year in the fall.

At the end of the program, students complete a 480-hour internship in a human service organization. This internship can be completed within your hometown community either full-time in one semester or part-time over two semesters.

Our Distance Learning Student Advisor, Ching Olson, is a great resource for questions about transfer course work, what you can do with a degree in social work or how to get started! She can be reached at ching.olson@bemidjistate.edu.

You can also reach out to the SWIM Program Coordinator Emily Paine for any questions to you may have!
For more information about the courses in this program, check out the course catalog.

Our Fall 2024 cohort is full! We are accepting inquiries, advising and accepting applications for the 2025 cohort!

SWIM 2022 Cohort

There is a reason this program is ranked so high in the nation, and I feel honored to be a part of it. You continually challenge me to think outside the box and have shown me how to see so much from different ‘views…. Thank you for that and your dedication for preparing me for the future. You and the other instructors are truly amazing.

– Amy K., Class of ’18

Timeline for Courses

Fall (1st semester)
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
Spring (2nd semester)
  • Generalist Practice I
  • Research Seminar
Summer (3rd semester)None or general electives, or course for a minor
Fall (4th semester)
  • Generalist Practice II
  • Social Welfare Policy
Spring (5th semester)
  • Generalist Practice III
  • Family Dynamics & Intervention
  • Internship Orientation
Summer (6th semester)Internship

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