BSW Admissions


If a student expresses interest in the BSW program at Southern Miss, it is important that they follow the  advisement degree plan (see plan on our website).


  • Requirements for the BSW Program
  1. Earn a cumulative USM GPA of at least 2.5 or above
  2. Have only 6-9 hours of prerequisite courses remaining from the USM and Social Work Core (see the Advisement Degree Plan used during advisement for a list of all required courses)
  3. Complete the three Introductory Level Social Work courses: (a) SWK 301 which requires a 40 hour volunteer field placement at a social service agency that is arranged with the help of their instructor, (b) SWK 300 and (c) SWK 315
  4. Complete the Human Growth and Development/Developmental Psychology course (PSY 275) and the Human Sexuality Requirement (CHS 430)
  5. Earn a grade of “C” or better in each course that counts toward the BSW degree
  6. Complete MAT 100 or higher


Once prerequisites have been met, a student can progress to the professional level social work courses. .


After a student has met prerequisite requirements they will progress through the curriculum with a cohort. The curriculum is relatively rigid and predefined. Courses must be taken according to the following schedule:


1st Semester (9hrs)                                                    

SWK 329 – Interviewing and Recording                    

SWK 330 -- Social Work Practice I                            

SWK 340 – HBSE I Transitions in Early Life

SWK 410 - Social Work Theory and Best Practice


 2nd Semester (12 hrs)                                                 

SWK 331 – Social Practice II                                     

SWK 341 -- HBSE II Transitions in Adulthood          

SWK 420- Social Work Research  

SWK elective


 3rd Semester (12hrs)    

SWK 400 – Social Welfare Policy Analysis

SWK 415 – Human Rights and Social Justice            

SWK 493 – Crisis Intervention

SWK elective


4th Semester (12hrs)

SWK 430 – Field Education

SWK 431 – Field Education Seminar


 Students must keep in mind that SWK electives can be taken at any point after the 1st semester in the BSW program with the exception of non-practice electives. All other SWK courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters ONLY. To maintain a full time status , 12 hours are required in the fall and spring and 9 hours in the summer.  Students can only take SWK 430/431 in their final semester of the program and no other courses can be taken during that final semester.


  • Transfer of Credits

An official transcript evaluation will be completed after all the required official documents necessary for the applicant’s admission to the university have been received by the Office of Admissions.

Any additional substitution of courses for USM equivalent courses or social work courses from a CSWE accredited university is done by the faculty advisor and/or BSW Coordinator, at the student’s request (if appropriate). There must be strong evidence that the courses are equivalent. To do this, the student should provide the current transcript, a catalog description of the class, and upon request, a syllabus of the class. A standard substitution form will be filled out and forwarded through the appropriate channels for a decision.

Policies and procedures concerning the transfer of credits for individuals applying to The University of Southern Mississippi may be found  here.

There are many courses that will transfer into the social work program (see list below).  In order for a course to count towards our degree plan, a grade of “C” or better must be earned.  No more than 62 hours can be transferred in from a community college and to become eligible for a bachelor’s degree.  Click here for a detailed explanation of Residence Hour Requirements.


Social Work Requirements (that are transferable)

3 hrs – English Comp I

3 hrs -- English Comp II

3 hrs – College Algebra

8 hrs – 2 lab sciences (any course listed as it is on Category II in the current University bulletin)

3 hrs -- World Literature

3 hrs – World Civ I or II

3 hrs -- World Civ I or II or World Religion or Intro to Philosophy

3 hrs – Intro to Psychology/General Psychology

3 hrs – Speech Communication/Oral Communication

3 hrs – Intro to Computers (or similar computer course)

3 hrs – Business Communication/Business Management

3 hrs – Spanish I

3 hrs – Spanish II

3 hrs – Social Problems (Sociology course)

3 hrs – Marriage and Family (Sociology or Family Studies course)

3 hrs – Abnormal or Social Psychology

3 hrs – Human Growth and Development/Developmental Psychology

3 hrs – Human Sexuality


Credit for Life Experience

Please note that academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given in lieu of the field placement or any other required social work course