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The School of Social Work provides educational opportunities for a diverse group of students to earn degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Students learn the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics of the profession of social work in a supportive academic environment.

BSW Admissions

Students may declare social work as a major upon entry to the University. However, at this stage, students are considered pre-majors. A student is a pre-major until he/she is formally admitted into the B.S.W. Program.

To be eligible for admission to the Program, students must have:

  1. completed any developmental courses required by the University;
  2. completed English 104 and 105 with a minimum grade of “C” in each course;
  3. completed SW 200: Introduction to Social Work and SW 210: Social Work Values and Ethics, with a minimum grade of “C” in each course;
  4. removed any Incomplete grades (“I”) in courses;
  5. achieved a total institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 at the time of application to the Program; and
  6. achieved an overall social work GPA of at least 2.5.

The admissions application includes:

  1. an application checklist;
  2. the application form; BSW Admissions App-Rev.-2017
  3. a personal statement; and
  4. a current copy of the transcript that includes all credits transferred from other institutions.

Under normal circumstances, the admissions process is completed during the second semester of the sophomore year or during the first semester of the junior year.

In addition to completing the application, applicants are required to participate in a personal interview with the B.S.W. Program Admissions Committee. In this interview, students discuss their interest in social work and their understanding of the values and ethics of the profession.

The admissions committee also reviews personal statements and transcripts to ensure that all criteria have been met for admission to the BSW Program. Students are notified in writing about their admissions status. Before students are allowed to enroll in SW 385: Social Work Practice I and subsequent social work practice courses, they must be fully admitted as social work majors.

General Requirements/Curriculum


Bring Change In The Community
The School of Social Work Program seeks to prepare students to become leaders in enhancing the quality of life and seeking solutions to social problems. It is particularly concerned with the consequences of injustice, and thus focuses on the empowerment of at-risk populations and the advancement of social, economic, and political justice in all communities. The program is especially committed to increasing students’ understanding and appreciation of diverse life experiences. 


The School of Social Work is especially committed to increasing students’ understanding and appreciation of diverse life experiences. While guiding both traditional and nontraditional students from varied backgrounds toward professional careers in social work, the program seeks to provide special support and sensitivity to students with the potential for success in this field.

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Gain real-world experience expanding outside of the classroom. Learn how to succeed by facing real challenges within the community


School of Social Work graduates have a plethora of career options after studying ……:

Health Educator Habilitation Specialist Outreach Worker Research Assistant
Social Work Intern Program Specialist Case Manager Child Welfare Specialist


The School of Social Work houses the Mississippi Child Welfare Institute.

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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2631.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.

School of Social Work


Bachelor of Social Work Program: Main Campus- College of Business- 4th Floor

Graduate Programs: Universities Center- 3825 Ridgewood Road- Suite 3


Associate Dean’s Office (601) 979-8896

B.S.W. Program (601) 979-2631

M.S.W. & Ph. D. Programs (601) 979-8869