Apply to the BSW Program

Jose Lopez“The Social Work program has not only been eye-opening but also a breath of fresh air! I love how real our class discussions are because I get to see how what we learn in class directly can impact the community around us. Aside from great instructors and classwork, I appreciate having a community where I belong to. The program is a perfect combination of my interests, talents, and values all in one!”

– Jose Lopez

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.

Academic Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Have a 2.5 GPA or higher on all college work attempted
  2. Have second-semester sophomore status (42+ hours completed)
  3. Complete 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 – 1000, 1100, or 1200 recommended)
    • Biology 1010
    • Economics (Macro or Micro)
    • Anthropology (Any – 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:

The Bachelor of Social Work program is unable to accept applications in-person at this time. Please email if you are unable to submit all of/portions of your application online and need to make other arrangements. Applications will not be reviewed until all application documents, including recommendation forms, are received.

  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Choose three people who can speak to your academic abilities and your abilities to work with people. We require 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 or friends.
    • Download recommendation forms for each reference and complete the top of the form. Send one form to each reference and instruct your reference to email it to when complete. Completed forms should be sent from your reference’s official work email address. You and/or your reference may contact with questions/concerns regarding reference forms.
  • Transcripts
    • Current MU students should submit an unofficial transcript (available to print from myZou as the “Student Academic Profile”).
    • Non-MU students should upload an unofficial transcript from each college or university attended. Screenshots/PDFs of prior coursework will be accepted. Official transcripts do not need to be sent to the School of Social Work, but will need to be sent to the MU Registrar’s Office prior to completion of the BSW program, if accepted.

We cannot review your file unless all items are received.

Criminal History Statement:

Please note that having a history of a certain misdemeanor or felony charges may affect your options for practicum placement and employment following graduation. It may be helpful to explore how your criminal history may affect your career in social work following graduation to learn if this will be a barrier. It is also important to explore how having a criminal history may impact your ability to become licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state. For additional information regarding licensure in Missouri, you can contact the Missouri Division of Professional Registration at or contact them by phone at (573) 751-0885.


For questions about the status of your application to the Professional BSW Program, please contact us at or (573) 884-8795.

For any other questions, please contact:

Lindsay Ficken
Student Services Specialist II
725 Clark Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 884-8795