BSW Degree Requirements

The degree requires 120 credit hours total and a 2.5 minimum GPA to graduate. Students must achieve a grade of “C+” or better in all required BSW Core Courses in order to qualify for the BSW degree.

At least 30 of the last 36 hours for degree must be completed with MU courses. Based on a course equivalency assessment, credit towards graduation may be given for work completed in other colleges and universities and for coursework completed through University of Missouri Independent Study Center.

Professional BSW Core Courses must be taken in proper sequence, requiring a minimum of three semesters to complete the program.

Students are required to complete a six-credit-hour (400 clock hours) field practicum course in the third semester of the Professional BSW Program (fall semester of the senior year).

See BSW Handbooks on Downloadable Documents page.

MSW Advanced Standing Status

Students who graduate with an MU BSW degree are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing status in Master of Social Work (MSW) programs. The MU MSW Advanced Standing program grants a waiver of up to 21 credit hours for an accelerated 39 credit hour MSW degree.

Dual Enrollment in Graduate School

Students who are within 15 hours of graduation, and who meet other GPA requirements may be permitted to dually enroll in up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework while still an undergraduate. BSW seniors who meet eligibility requirements and have completed all other BSW graduation requirements can use their final semester to take up to 6 hours of coursework toward the MSW degree. More information on dual enrollment.