Social Work B.S.W.

Program Type
Bachelor of Social Work
Social Work
College of Education and Human Service Professions

About this Program

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 in a hybrid format. Students must be on campus for a portion of their social work courses and to satisfy their liberal education requirements.

The 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 calendar year
  • Emphasis on working with American Indian communities
  • Dynamic practicum experiences

Acquired Skills

  • Communication, problem-solving, empathy, cultural responsiveness, and collaboration/teamwork
  • Understanding of the importance of developing socially just service delivery systems

Program Learning Outcomes

Career Possibilities

Entry Level:

  • 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:

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

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data

Admissions and Scholarships

Current students in CEHSP may be eligible for both merit-based and need-based scholarships. More than 100 scholarships are available each academic year, awarding over $370,000 annually to CEHSP students. For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the CEHSP scholarship webpage.

Social Work students are eligible for a Child Welfare Scholarship.

Student Clubs

  • Active Minds
  • BSW Association


Students enter UMD as a Pre-Social Work major. A competitive application process begins each February to select approximately 50 students who will enter the upper-level social work course sequencing for the fall semester.

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