School of Social Work

School of Social Work
Lommen 114, (218) 477-2632
Shawn Ginther
Faculty: Nandita Bezbaruah, Jeremy Carney, Tracy Neusser, Janelle Miedema

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The principle educational objective of the social work major is to prepare students for beginning professional generalist social work practice. This course of study also prepares students for graduate education. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is awarded upon completion of all university and social work major requirements both within the department and in related areas.

Transfer students with an AA or BA degree from another college or university are exempt from Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirement. However, social work majors who are transfer students entering under the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements must have the equivalent of one course from Area 7, Human Diversity and one course from Area 8, Global Perspective.

Admission to the Major
Students who wish to major in social work must join TK20/Watermark and then complete a formal application. Details are located in the School of Social Work Student Handbook.

Criteria for Admission to Social Work

  • The student must obtain a grade of “C” or above in all required social work courses and related requirements.
  • The student must have an overall MSUM GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of application for admission.
  • The student must have completed or be enrolled in SW 250 and SW 330, or their approved equivalents at other colleges or universities.
  • The student must apply for and prove student membership in NASW.
  • The student must purchase a TK20/Watermark membership.
  • Transfer students must document successful completion of a volunteer experience.

Current major requirements are available on the school webpage and in the student handbook. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all social work and related courses. A MSUM GPA of 2.5 must be in place prior to internship and at the time of graduation. Students are encouraged to contact the department chair for further information or clarification.