Hybrid Bachelor of Social Work Degree

WSU’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) hybrid program based in Rochester is an alternative option to the traditional face-to-face program on the Winona campus. Coursework is delivered in a hybrid format, which combines online and face-to-face learning. 

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

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

  • The hybrid BSW program provides the same curriculum as the traditional face-to-face option. This program consists of 43 credits with 480 hours of field education practicum experience.
  • A total of 120 credits are required for the bachelor’s degree. 
  • Up to 16 credits of vocational courses transferred to WSU will count toward 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.


Program Highlights

The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 

The department requires students to have completed at least 60 credits prior to admittance to the program. 

Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a foundation GPA of 2.5.

Advising with a WSU social work faculty member prior to applying for the hybrid program will be important to both preparing for admission to the social work program as well as for academic planning while in the hybrid program. This is a cohort-based hybrid program taking 4 semesters to complete and is limited to 25 students. 

Application materials are found in the Student Handbook (PDF).  


Course Delivery

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

Students admitted to the hybrid cohort are required to participate in the eWarrior Laptop Program and have reliable access to high-speed internet.

For more information about the hybrid cohort option, contact Mary Kirk at mkirk@winona.edu or by phone at 507.457.5432.


Application Deadlines

Hybrid cohort Fall admits only: Applications are due the semester prior to a student's start.

  • New cohort begins August 2020
  • Applications received by Feb. 18, 2020 get priority consideration
  • Rolling admission will occur as space permits