- 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
- 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