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Transfer Pathway

Pre-Social Work

Degree programs

Social Work BSW

About Transfer Pathways

Transfer Pathways are designed so you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State college and transfer to a Minnesota State university to earn a bachelor’s degree without losing credits or taking extra courses. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.

If you complete a Transfer Pathway degree program at a Minnesota State college and are admitted to Metropolitan State, you will be guaranteed junior status and given assurance that all 60 college credits will count toward the related bachelor’s degree.


After you finish a curriculum of lower-division credits (and become an admitted Metro student), you’ll complete your four-year degree with upper-division credits from Metropolitan State University. Degree requirements—and any eligibility criteria some programs have in addition to university admissions—are found on each program’s page.

Semester 1: 12 credits

  • SOWK 321: Social Work Practice I (4 credits)
  • SOWK 333: Human Behavior and Social Environment (4 credits)
  • *SOWK 341: Comparative Racial/Ethnic Analysis I (4 credits)

Semester 2: 16-17 credits

  • SOWK 351: Social Research (4 credits)
  • SOWK 381: Community Learning Center Seminar (3 credits)
  • SOWK 391: Community Learning Center Practicum (5 credits)
  • General Elective (4-5 credits)

Semester 3: 16 -credits

  • SOWK 522: Social Work Practice II (4 credits)
  • SOWK 542: Comparative Racial/Ethnic Analysis II (4 credits)*
  • SOWK 360: Social Welfare History/Policy (4 credits)
  • Upper Division Liberal Arts Electives (4 credits)

Semester 4: 15-16 credits

  • SOWK 552: Community Research and Advocacy (4 credits)
  • SOWK 582: Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
  • SOWK 584: Multicultural Child Welfare Field Seminar (3 credits)**
  • SOWK 591: Senior Practicum or SOWK 592 Multicultural Child Welfare Field Practicum (5 credits)
  • SOWK 583: Knowledge and Skills/Analysis and Application (optional) (1 credit)

*Course fulfills the Racial Issues Graduation Requirement at Metro State.

**SOWK 584: Multicultural Child Welfare Field Seminar is required for child welfare scholars and is a companion to SOWK 592: Multicultural Child Welfare Field Practicum.

Note:  Students must satisfy the Liberal Studies (LS; 8 upper-division credits) and the 40 upper division credit requirement when planning their schedules.

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