Student Body

  • More than 300 declared social work majors at MSU, M
  • From all areas of Minnesota, northern Iowa, Wisconsin, the Dakotas,  and even India, Italy, Finland, Africa, and Australia
  • Represents LGBTQ and disabilities communities; is Hmong, Somalian, Ethiopian, Korean, Hispanic-Latino, Native American.
  • Traditional students beginning their search for a career through older non-traditional students who find their career later in life
  • Many transfers from regional 2 year and 4 year colleges.

Student & Graduate Recognition & Contributions to the Profession

  • Graduates serve as internship supervisors, share employment opportunities, and support scholarships.
  • Students and alumna are active in local and statewide social work organizations, including Mn NASW and MSSA, run for political offices, and serve on local and statewide boards and organizations.
  • Alumna  professional contributions recognized annually;
  • Alumna recognized as “BSW Student of the Year" by the Mn Chapter of NASW; "Teacher of the Year" by school district in recognition of outstanding work as a school social worker; “Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Developmental Disabilities’ by ARC; Mn "Gerontologist of the Year"; West Virginia "Social Worker of the Year", etc.


  • Experienced social workers and represent a wide range of practice areas, most have doctoral degrees, and are licensed social workers
  • Committed to community service in local agencies to national organizations
  • Serve on CADA, MVAC, Hoffman Treatment Center, etc. advisory boards, appointed to state and national licensure boards, elected to School Districts board, and appointed to statewide commissions
  • Active in practice organizations such as NASW and MSSA and academic organizations such as MCSWE, BPD, and CSWE
  • Present at professional conferences across the United States and internationally in England, Finland, Netherlands, South Africa, Japan, and Kuwait, etc.
  • Publish text books and publish articles in professional journals
  • Receive research, training, and program development grants and contracts

Comprehensive Curriculum

  • Integrates a broad liberal arts general education with 12 social work specific courses
  • Requires  2 agency-based internships for total of 560 hours
  • Content emphasizes understanding of values and ethics, human behavior at multiple systems levels, diversity, and privilege through a social, economic and environmental worldview
  • Has courses in which 1 section is offered fully online; most courses have at least 1 credit’s of online  coursework
  • Offers a variety of electives in aging, interpersonal violence, disabilities, child welfare, chemical dependency, mental health and addictions, school social work, and global human needs

Professional Social Work Licensure

  • Graduates apply for social work licensure through the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
  • Our students’ professional licensure exam pass rates is higher than the national average pass rate.


  • Since 1974 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Graduation from a CSWE-accredited program is a requirement for licensure in Minnesota and many other states
  • One of the first BSSW programs in the nation to be fully accredited