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We're excited that you're interested in the Masters of Social Work program at Bethel University. If you have questions about any requirements, contact our admissions team.

Here's how you apply:

Step 1 - Check application requirements and prerequisites

You must meet these requirements to be eligible for the program. All academic requirements must be fulfilled through a regionally accredited institution.

  • Earned GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution
  • Prerequisite: Human biology (lab not required)
  • Prerequisite: Lifespan developmental psychology
  • Prerequisite: Statistics or research methods

Step 2 - Apply

Next, get started on your online application.

Step 3 - Complete your application steps

There are just a few things we need from you before we can review your application.

  • Admission essay
  • Application
  • Interview with the Program Director (by invitation only)
  • Official college transcript(s)
  • References
  • Resume

Note: The advanced standing essay prompts and full program essay prompts differ slightly, as do reference requirements. Advanced standing applicants should submit one professional reference, one social work-related reference, and one field experience reference. Full program applicants should submit two professional references and one social work-related reference.

Step 4 - Complete enrollment requirements

After you've been accepted to the program, you might need to complete a few additional requirements before you start class. Your enrollment counselor will follow up if there's anything we need from you.

Program Accreditation

Students must have graduated from a program accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) to be eligible to pursue social work licensure. Bethel University’s BSW program has been accredited since 1981. Bethel is currently pursuing candidacy with CSWE for accreditation for its Master of Social Work program. CSWE states that accreditation applies retroactively to program graduates once it is obtained, but students should check with their state social work board to verify that they will be eligible to apply for licensure in their state if they graduate from a program before it is accredited. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) provides helpful information regarding licensure requirements by state. It is the student's responsibility to verify licensing requirements with their state social work board. In Minnesota, temporary licenses are available to students graduating from a social work degree program in candidacy status.

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