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 applicant must document official admission to MSUM to be eligible to submit a School of Social Work application.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a class at MSUM the term the application is completed.
  • The applicant must have a Tk20 membership.
  • The applicant must document a grade of "C" or higher in all social work courses and a passing grade in all related requirements.
  • The applicant must document a MSUM GPA of 2.5 or higher and a coursework in major GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of application for admission.
  • The applicant must document completion or current enrollment in SW 250 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare and SW 330 Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
  • Transfer applicants must document in Tk20 completion of a minimum of 15 hours of supervised human service experience.
  • In the event the admissions committee feels additional information is required, the committee may ask for additional documentation and/or personal interview with the applicant.

Current major requirements are available on the school webpage and in the student handbook. 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.