Distance Education, Local Impact

Program Details

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) 2+2 Program caters to students who are working on or have finished their Associate’s Degree from one of our partnering colleges. Students who meet the requirements can finish their Bachelor’s Degree through the University of Montana – Missoula with a cohort of their peers all across the state.

The curriculum is the same as the on-campus program, including the 450 hours (10 credits) of practicum experience, but all classes are offered online so students can stay in their own community while earning their degree. The program is partially blended and requires some campus visits.

Program Application

Admission to the BSW 2+2 Program is every Autumn semester, with the next cohort starting Autumn 2020. The program occurs over four academic semesters (fall/spring) for two years. The application due date is April 17th, 2020. Before applying for the 2+2 Distance Learning Program, applicants should have met with their community or tribal college academic advisor or have been in contact with a professional academic advisor from the UM School of Social Work. Contact paige.furniss@mso.umt.edu for more information.

2+2 Application Steps:
  • Check that pre-requisite course requirements are met with your unique college pre-advising sheet from the partnering colleges page.
  • Apply to the University of Montana with the general application as a distance student, declaring Social Work as your major. 
  • Apply to the School of Social Work with the 2+2 BSW Application:  2+2 BSW Application
    • Note: Download Fillable PDF (2+2 BSW Application link above) THEN open it and fill it out. If you fill it out first before you download or fill it out from the web link it will not save your work.

Note: Applications are due by April 17th, 2020. Grades for Spring or Summer semesters, 2020, will need to be sent to Paige Furniss as soon as they are available, for final admission consideration. Be sure to note classes that will be completed during these semesters on your application.


Campus visits are encouraged! Let us know if you plan on a visit so we can schedule time to meet with your and connect you with resources to support your application process.

Learn more about the BSW 2+2 Program by exploring the pages of this web site or calling 406.243.5554.