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Bachelor of Science in Social Work​ Degree

4 years

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Register by: Dec 8, 2021

Help ensure the safety of children, help those suffering from domestic abuse or serve the underserved in your community with our Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree. You’ll gain real-world experience through our program’s supervised field education component. And since most classes in this program are just 5 weeks long, they won’t get in the way of your busy life.

  • Strengthen your community by addressing social problems and advocating for social justice

  • Understand and influence the policies and systems that affect people

  • Gain a well-rounded, versatile social work foundation that can translate to a variety of practice settings

  • Develop skills in working with individuals, families, organizations and communities

  • Understand social welfare policy and applicable laws

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Course at a time


Weeks per course

To learn more about field education, preparation and placement, view the BSSW Field Education Handbook.

There is no in-person residency requirement for the BSSW. To learn more about class requirements and to gain a general program overview, view the BSSW Program Handbook.

What you'll learn

When you earn your online bachelor of social work, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Demonstrating ethical and professional behavior
  • Engaging diversity and difference in practice
  • Advancing human rights and social, economic and environmental justice
  • Engaging with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Assessing individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Intervening with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Evaluating practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities


Your academic counselor will help you schedule courses for your online bachelor of social work.

Program Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) is an undergraduate degree program that provides a foundation in social work theory and teaches the application of professional social work values, principles, standards and techniques to educationally prepare graduates to pursue state licensure or certification as a bachelor’s-level social worker in select states. Licensure requirements vary by state. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to become a social worker. See the licensure requirements and contact information for your state.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science Social Work?

A BSSW can prepare you to be a: 

  • Caseworker
  • Child protective services social worker
  • Family protection specialist
  • Family service worker
  • Foster care social worker
  • Youth services specialist
11 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for social workers is projected to be much faster than average between 2018 and 2028. However, it is important to note that this job growth accounts for career outcomes for professionals in bachelor’s and master’s prepared roles.

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Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.


Paying for school

While education costs have risen an average of 2.6% in the U.S. every year, our Tuition Guarantee ensures you’ll pay one flat rate from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate.

Save time and money on your degree

Credit transfer made easy
Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution.

Get credit for what you already know
Earn your degree without starting from scratch. Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit.


Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

Accreditation & Faculty

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University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Real-world faculty


Average years of industry experience

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

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As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix


Frequently asked questions about the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree

Social work addresses social problems and advocates for social justice. Earning our social work degree online helps prepare you to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities toward these goals.

A degree in social work, along with the appropriate licensure in your state, could open opportunities in the field of social work, such as family protection specialist, foster care social worker and youth services specialist. You could work in settings such as child protective services, healthcare agencies and community outreach and advocacy organizations.

Many social work professionals work in government and non-profit settings, but graduates gain a well-rounded, versatile social work foundation that can translate to a variety of practice settings.

Our online social work degree is designed specifically so that working professionals like you can earn it without leaving your current role. The degree helps students build a strong foundation in social work while teaching the leadership skills to help prepare you for a career in the field.

You’ll learn from faculty who are currently working in the public sector, and you’ll be able to join our large alumni network. Experience flexible learning that includes 5-week online courses and robust resources and support for your local community-based field placement.

Licensure requirements vary by state. Students must meet the licensure requirements in any state in which they desire to practice.

Our BSSW program meets the educational requirements in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin for graduates who want to pursue social work licensure or certification at the bachelor’s level. The program is currently available online to residents of these states. See the licensure requirements and contact information for your state.

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.