Online Social Work Programs in Minnesota

Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University serves 5,100 students with programs on campus in Bemidji, Minnesota, and online. The Social Work Department offers a hybrid bachelor of science in social work that enrolls about 20 students in a cohort every two years. Students can prepare for generalist social work practice that embraces scholarship, professional ethics, social and economic justice, and global interconnectedness.

The Social Work Department does not offer a graduate degree. Students may complete a minor in chemical and behavior health, a certificate for alcohol and drug counselors, or certificate in school social work preparation and licensure.

Bemidji State University's Bachelor of Science in Social Work

  • Credits and Courses: 69 credits. Students visit the BSU campus one Saturday each month for face-to-face learning and practical application of their skills. They can complete all of the remaining coursework online. The courses cover topics such as generalist practice, family dynamics, and social welfare policy.
  • Completion Time: Students can complete the program in two years by taking 2-3 classes per term. The department requires that students transfer an associate of arts into this BSW.
  • Field Education: 540 hours, including a culminating 480-hour block internship at a relevant agency.
  • Transfer Policies: Students must transfer an AA into this program.
  • Online Student Support: BSU offers online tutoring services through, assistance at its writing resource center, and online success coaches at the Distance Minnesota Support Center.
  • Cost: $450/credit
  • Admission Requirements: An associate of arts with a minimum 2.25 GPA.

Bemidji State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Bemidji State University's bachelor of science in social work is CSWE-accredited.

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Minnesota State University-Mankato offers a comprehensive catalog that includes 85 graduate programs. Faculty and students can perform cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art facilities. The Department of Social Work offers bachelor's and master's degrees with a broad, generalist social work focus.

Students can receive the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to work with members of the community, from infants to the elderly. MSW graduates work with clients as clinicians helping them address issues such as child abuse, poverty, and mental illness.

Minnesota State University-Mankato's Master of Social Work

  • Credits and Courses: Traditional MSW students can complete 59 credits. Advanced standing students can complete 34 credits. The hybrid program is available on a full-time basis with classes held on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. MSW participants must complete all courses in sequence.
  • Completion Time: Traditional MSW students can complete the program in two years. Advanced standing students finish the program over four semesters.
  • Field Education: 960 hours. During the foundation year students complete 460 hours, while the specialization year requires a 500-hour practicum.
  • Exam Preparation: This Minnesota social work master's prepares students for the ASWB exam, a prerequisite for Minnesota licensure as licensed graduate social workers, licensed independent clinical social workers, and licensed independent social workers.
  • Cost: $489/credit
  • Admission Requirements: A minimum 3.0 GPA. Advanced standing applicants must hold a CSWE-accredited bachelor's degree.

Minnesota State University, Mankato is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Minnesota State University, Mankato's social work programs are CSWE-accredited.

University of St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas, as the largest private college in Minnesota, provides 10,000 students with a rigorous Catholic education. The School of Social Work enrolls more than 500 social work students in bachelor of social work, master of social work, and doctorate in social work programs. The school launched the doctorate in 2014 to prepare college-level social work faculty. The program grooms scholar-practitioners skilled in transformative teaching, writing for publications, and pursuing social justice through service and leadership.

University of St. Thomas's

  • Credits and Courses: This degree requires 45 semester credits, 15 courses. The program utilizes a cohort model to build a community of practitioners with strong personal and professional connections. Faculty use both synchronous and asynchronous modes of online delivery. Students must attend a two-week on-campus residency each summer in St. Paul. To culminate the program, students must complete a banded dissertation subject to the peer review process.
  • Completion Time: Students can complete the degree in three years as part of a cohort.
  • Cost: $1131/credit
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants must hold a CSWE-accredited master of social work with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

The University of St. Thomas is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The University of St. Thomas's social work programs are CSWE-accredited. However, CSWE does not accredit DSW and Ph.D. programs.

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