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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Department of Social Work

Admission to Major & SOWK 441

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Application and Admission to the BSSW Major is required before students can get permission to register for SOWK 441: Social Work Practice I and other courses in the BSSW Practice Sequence at the 400-level.


To begin the upper-division part of the social work major (BSSW degree), you must complete an Application to the Major and have your Advisor review and sign it. These are reviewed and you may be Admitted. This is usually done when the student has:

  • Completed their University-wide General Education and Graduation Requirment courses (or will by the end of the semester in which they apply).
  • Completed the SOWK Introductory and Integrating courses (SOWK courses at the 100, 200, and 300 levels).
  • Completed about 75 credits by the end of the semester in which they apply.
  • Obtained a  cumulative or overall and a Social Work GPA of 2.8 or higher.

To Apply for Admission to the BSSW Major for Fall 2015, signed Application for Admission to the Major is DUE to the main Social Work Office (TN 358) no later than Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. 

Make an appointment with your advisor well in advance of this deadline!

Informational Meetings will be held: TBD

2015 Application for Admission forms to the BSSW Program are being revised. The application packet will available at the beginning of Spring 2015 semester and will be placed at the bottom of this page. An email announcement will be sent to the Social Work Department Listserv when these forms are posted and available. 

Moving from "Pre-SOWK" to "SOWK Major"

When students express an interest in the Social Work major/BSSW degree the Department Secretary will assign an advisor to them and change their status in the records system to Major = Pre-SOWK. Students who are working closely with their advisor will know when it is time for them to apply to the major. The materials below summarize the qualifications and provide the forms you will need to complete your application. The deadlines are published on the "Important Dates" page of this website along with being announced in classes and on the posted department listserv.

Also see the Undergraduate BSSW Student Handbook which explains the process in detail and summarizes the possible outcomes when students apply.  As a professional major the Department has a responsibility to clients, agencies, and the profession to ensure that our graduates are able to practice as competent social workers. Thus, demonstration of mature and professional behavior is also considered when looking at admissions.


  • When you calculate your "GPA in the Major" be sure to include foundational supporitng courses that are required but taken outside the Department as well as all courses you have completed in the Social Work Department.
  • See "Steps to Apply for Social Work Major" and the "BSSW Policy for Reviewing Applications to the Major"
  • Plan to meet with your advisor with a draft of your application at least 2-weeks before the Application is DUE!

Admission to BSSW Major Forms:

    BSSW Program Application to the Major forms are  being updated.  Please check back at the beginning of the Spring 2015 semester. Information will be sent to the Social Work Listserv when they are posted.