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Social Work B.S.W.

Program Type: 
Bachelor of Social Work
Social Work
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The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program is a professional program that prepares students for immediate entry into generalist social work practice in a variety of human service settings.
The curriculum has a special focus on social justice and services to American Indians and their communities. Graduates are prepared to work with a variety of different groups in a culturally responsive manner.
Initially admitted as pre-social work, BSW students complete a secondary application to enroll in upper level courses. Much of the BSW program can be completed online but students must be on campus for a portion of their social work courses and to satisfy their liberal education requirements.
The UMD BSW Program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • Prepares graduates for practice in a variety of human service settings such as schools, mental health, tribal and county agencies, child welfare, healthcare, and community organizing.
  • Student-centered with diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Commitment to culturally responsive practice.
  • Bachelor of Social Work graduates can complete a Master of Social Work degree in one year.
  • Emphasis on working with American Indian communities.
  • Dynamic internships.

Acquired Skills

  • Communication, problem-solving, empathy, cultural responsiveness, and collaboration/teamwork.
  • Need to be previously or currently involved in community service or volunteer work.
  • Understanding of the importance of developing socially just service delivery systems.

Career Possibilities

Entry-Level Positions:

  • Adoption Counselor
  • Child Protection Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Hospice Coordinator
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • School Social Worker
  • Services to Aging Populations
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Victim Advocate
  • Youth Program Coordinator

Advanced degree required:

  • Clinical Therapist/Mental Health Clinician
  • Executive Director
  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Veterans Affairs Social Worker

Admissions and Scholarships

Students are eligible for a Child Welfare Scholarship, for more information see:

Students in CEHSP are eligible to apply for more than 100 scholarships each academic year typically totaling $120,000 annually.  For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit our scholarship webpage (

Faculty Highlights

  • Outstanding, dynamic, and dedicated diverse faculty.
  • Experience serving culturally and socially diverse populations in clinical, community, and policy based settings.
  • Actively involved in the community and conduct research with agency partners.
  • Recipients of campus and college awards for outstanding teaching, advising, and service.
  • Facilitate student-centered learning in the classroom and in community field agency settings.


Students enter UMD as a Pre-Social Work major. A competitive application process begins each February to select approximately 60 students who will enter the upper-level social work course sequencing for the fall semester.

Graduate Report

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data & Employers

Here's a sampling of positions and graduate programs Social Work B.S.W. grads have attained six months to one year after graduation.

  • Shelter Advocate - American Indian Community Housing Organization, Duluth, MN
  • Social Worker - Douglas County Department of Health & Human Services, Superior, MN
  • Behavior Interventionist - Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916, White Bear Lake, MN
  • Mental Health Practitioner - People Incorporated, Mendota Heights, MN
  • Long Term Care Case Manager - Thomas Allen, Edina, MN

  • Graduate School, Social Work, Multicultural Clinical Practice, Augsburg University
  • Graduate School, Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth

For more data see the Social Work B.S.W. Graduate Follow-Up Report.
For ideas about Social Work B.S.W. and other majors visit Career & Internship Services.