Department of Social Work


The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program prepares students for generalist practice in a variety of human service settings. Graduates are prepared to do a variety of professional social work jobs including counselor, substance abuse/mental health, child welfare and school social work. The curriculum has a special focus on services to American Indians and their communities. The skills students learn are transferable when working with a variety of different groups and settings. There is also a Bachelor's Child Welfare Scholars Program students can apply to after they are accepted into the BSW program. For more information on the program, visit the BSW child welfare scholars webpage.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth is to promote human wellbeing and advance social justice through teaching, research, and service. We prepare competent and effective generalist and advanced generalist social workers who are leaders both in expanding the profession's knowledge base and in developing socially just services delivery systems. Our graduates are committed to pursuing culturally competent practice with an emphasis on working with American Indians, especially in rural communities. The education we provide is based on the knowledge, values, and skills of social work; and is grounded in the profession's history, purpose and philosophy.


When Do I Apply?

Students are eligible to apply to the social work major during the fall admission period with a priority deadline of February 15th each academic year. Students will begin their upper division coursework in the following Fall Semester only. An additional round of applications may be accepted during spring semester with a deadline of May 15th each academic year. Students who have not yet completed 30 credits may be provisionally admitted pending completion of Spring Semester courses.

Eligibility to Apply:
  • Overall GPA of at least a 2.5 (including transfer-work)
  • Completion of at least 30 credits by the end of Spring Semester prior to beginning the BSW Program
  • Students must have completed the following courses prior to admission to program
    o WRIT 1120: College Writing (3)
    o SW 1000: Introduction to Social Welfare (3)
    o PSY 1003: General Psychology (4)
    o SOC 1101: Introduction to Sociology (4)
    o BIOL 1001: Biology & Society (4) or PSY 2021: Developmental Psychology (4)
  • Completion of the 18 credits of pre-major requirements and 12 credits of other liberal education courses
  • Students must also provide evidence of engagement in community service or volunteer work

Application Steps:

Step One:
Meet with an advisor in the CEHSP Advisement Office to review pre-requisites and confirm your eligibility to apply. Additionally, students may want to schedule an appointment with the BSW Program Director or Program Assistant. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the BSW Program Director before submitting their application.

Step Two:
Complete the application and disclosure form online.

All application materials must be uploaded by the February 15th deadline in order to be considered for priority admission for Fall Semester. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Step Three:
The faculty will review all applications and students will receive an e-mail notifying them of their acceptance or non-acceptance into the BSW Program no later than April 1st for priority admission and June 1st. Applications are reviewed based upon: 1) GPA 2) Letter of Application 3) Letters of Reference 4) Application Form.

Step Four:
Meet with your major advisor to discuss class scheduling and other advisement issues.

Reference Materials:

Social Work Advising Worksheet

2 for 1 Liberal Education Guide


UMD Course Catalog--Bachelor of Social Work Program


Scholarship and Financial Aid Information for American Indian Students

UMD Social Work Department

220 Bohannon Hall
1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

1 (888) 534-9734
(218) 726-7245

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