The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that social work is one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States and data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates that professional social workers are the nation's largest group of mental health service providers.
The MVNU School of Graduate & Professional Studies is proud to offer a Bachelor of Social Work degree program that is intentionally designed for ambitious adults to receive a high-quality education while maintaining personal and professional responsibilities.
The BSW program offers students an engaging and relevant curriculum that equips them with the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective social work professionals in both public and private settings. It will prepare students to pursue social work licensure and, if desired, graduate-level education.
- Accredited education — MVNU’s outstanding program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
- Broad applications — Professional social workers are employed in many fields of practice, including: chemical dependency, child welfare, criminal justice, health care, public policy, and a variety of community organizations and international agencies.
- Diversify your skills — You will have the opportunity to learn a multitude of subjects in addition to your Social Work courses, such as English composition, Natural Science, and a number of Liberal Arts electives of your choice.
- Supportive environment — At MVNU, we use a cohort-based learning model that supports and maximizes student learning, while allowing you to create meaningful relationships in an intentionally Christian learning environment.
- Personal Development and Research Skills
- Foundations of Generalist Social Work Practice
- Social Justice and Advocacy
- Introduction to Statistics
- Social Science Research Methods
- Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
- Social Work Practice with Individuals
- Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
- Social Work Practice with Groups
- Social Work Practice with Families
- Preparation for Field Education
- Social Work Practice with Organization and Communities
- Analysis of Social Policy
- Integrated Social Work Seminar
- Social Work Practicum
Required Social Work Foundation Courses
- Intro to Social Work
- Cultural and Human Diversity
- Interviewing and Documentation
- Field Observation
Additional Required Cognate Courses
- Principles of Biology with Laboratory
- General Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Introduction to Sociology
Although we try to keep our admissions process as straightforward as possible, our knowledgeable staff is always available and happy to help you.
The BSW program is designed for students who have an associate degree in Human Services or Social Work. However, students who have earned a minimum of 56 transferable semester hours (84 quarter hours) from an accredited university and have completed the necessary social work foundation and cognate requirements are also eligible to apply to the BSW program. Students who have not completed the minimum credit requirement or foundation/cognate courses have the option to enroll in the Associate of Arts in General Studies program at MVNU to complete their remaining credit requirements necessary to begin the BSW program.
Admission requirements include:
- Completion of 56 transferable credit hours from a regionally-accredited institution(s) of higher learning with a grade of C- or better
- An overall GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for all previous college or university coursework completed to date and the completion of all social work foundation and cognate courses.
- Students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum of 5/7 of the required foundation and cognate courses are eligible for conditional acceptance to the BSW program.
- Students with an overall GPA of a 2.0 or higher who have not completed all of the foundation/cognate requirements will begin in the General Studies program to complete their remaining prerequisite courses before being considered for admission to a BSW cohort.
Applicants from countries and U.S. territories in which English is not the primary language must also provide recent evidence of proficiency in English by scoring 80 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL with subscores in writing, reading, speaking, and listening of at least 20; or scoring 550 or above on the written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with subscores in both writing and reading of at least 50. All tests of English proficiency must have been taken in the last 2 years to be considered for acceptance.
How to Apply
- Complete your application.
- Request all official transcripts to be sent to MVNU from each college or university you have attended to date.* Please have your transcripts sent to:
Official Electronic Transcripts should be sent to GPSApplications@mvnu.edu.
- Complete a Registration Agreement form.
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