Social Work Program

Students can complete the Bachelor of Social Work degree in its entirety in Rochester through the "Path to Purple" Program. Complete lower-division credits at Rochester Community and Technical College and then the major's upper-division credits at WSU-Rochester. This BSW program is now offered in a hybrid format with most classes held online with additional in-person Learning Labs held in Rochester.

Learn more about course requirements for the WSU-Rochester BSW Major

New Hybrid Program

Winona State University's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) hybrid program in Rochester is offered as an alternative option to the traditional face-to-face program in Winona. Coursework is delivered in a hybrid format that combines both online and face-to-face learning.

Classes are primarily online with in-person meetings called Learning Labs. These Learning Labs are held once a month in the evenings and meet on the WSU-Rochester campus. 

The hybrid option provides students with flexibility around when and where learning takes place.

  • The hybrid BSW program provides the same curriculum as the the traditional face-to-face option. The program consists of 43 credit hour units with 480 hours of field education practicum experience.
  • A total of 120 semester credit hour units are required for the bachelor's degree.
  • Up to 16 credits of vocational courses transferred to WSU will count to the bachelor's degree.
Students enrolled in the BSW hybrid program at Winona State University will complete their field practicum at an agency or program in the region.

Learn more about the program

Course Delivery and Technology Requirements

Course delivery will incorporate web-based technology and in-person delivery, and will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning strategies.

Students admitted to the WSU-Rochester BSW program are required to participate in the eWarrior Laptop Program and have reliable access to high-speed internet.

For more information about this hybrid program, contact Professor Mary Kirk at or at 507.457.5432. 

The following information complies with Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) through the U.S. Department of Education:

  • WSU’s Social Work program curriculum meets state educational requirements in the states/jurisdictions of: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming, and District of Columbia.
  • WSU’s Social Work program curriculum hasn’t been determined to meet state educational requirements in the states/jurisdictions of: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Last updated on July 1, 2021.