Apply to the BSW Program
Apply to Mizzou
If you plan to attend MU and get a BSW, you should declare social work as your major when you fill out your Undergraduate Admissions Application to Mizzou. An advisor will be assigned to you from the School of Social Work.
Apply for the Professional BSW Program
Once undergraduate social work students have completed their pre-professional requirements, they apply to the Professional BSW Program to complete core courses and field experience.
Applications are competitive, and declaring or transferring into the social work major does not guarantee admission to the Professional BSW Program.
To be considered for admission to the Professional BSW Program, students must complete a minimum number of credit hours and a range of liberal arts courses.
- Have a 2.5 GPA or higher on all college work attempted
- Have second-semester sophomore status (42+ hours completed)
- Completed the following Liberal Arts Foundation prerequisite courses prior to beginning Professional BSW courses in the fall: (All courses require a grade in the "C" range or higher)
- English 1000
- Communication 1200
- College Algebra (1100)
- Philosophy (Any)
- Biology 1010/1020 (1020-may complete later)
- Economics (Macro or Micro)
- Anthropology (Any, but 1300, 1350, or 2030 recommended)
- History or Political Science (US Constitution)
- Sociology 1000
- Psychology 1000
Regular deadline: February 15 by 4:00 pm
Late deadline: May 15 by 4:00 pm
If the deadlines fall on a weekend or MU holiday, the deadline is the following business day.
How to Apply
Fill out an application form:
- Professional BSW application form (online)
- If you cannot apply online or prefer a paper copy, download Application for Admission (RTF)
Complete the following materials and submit as one package to 723 Clark Hall:
- Personal Statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Choose three people who can speak to your academic abilities and your abilities to work with people. We suggest at least one academic reference (professor, instructor, adviser) and at least one person who has supervised you working with people (work supervisor, volunteer supervisor, etc.). References may not come from relatives.
- Print recommendation forms for each reference and fill out the top of the form. Give each reference a form and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Request references to enclose the completed reference in the envelope, seal it, sign across the seal, and mail the envelope to you. DO NOT BREAK THE SEAL. Reference envelopes that have been opened will not be accepted.
- After receiving all reference statements, place the unopened references in a large envelope along with your other completed application documents.
- Current MU students should submit an unofficial transcript (available to print from myZou as the "Student Academic Profile").
- Non-MU students should request an official transcript from each university and college attended, to be sent directly to the School of Social Work.
We cannot review your file unless all items are received.
Criminal History Statement:
Please note: If you have criminal history, including misdemeanor or felony, your practicum placement will be affected. Please know this is a risk you assume and your choices of practicum placements may be severely limited. This means there might not be a placement available or the placement(s) you desire may not be an option. The Field Education Office attempts placements for all students but cannot change agency policy regarding acceptance of students with a criminal history. The date and type of offense both figure heavily into placement options (the more recent the offense the less likelihood of acceptance by agencies). The student must be aware that he/she will need to accept the placement available regardless of student preference or career plans or the student may have to delay practicum until an accepting agency is available.
In addition, please be aware that, depending on the offense, your ability to become licensed may also be affected. For additional information regarding licensure you can contact the Missouri Division of Professional Registration at http://pr.mo.gov/socialworkers.asp or contact them by phone at (573) 751-0885.