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Bachelor's degree

Bachelor of Science in Social Work​ Degree

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4 years

Approximate Program Length

120

Total Credits

$398

Cost per Credit

Online

Format

Start when you're ready

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Register by: Mar 17, 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.

You'll learn how to:

  • 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

Courses

1

Course at a time

5

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

Schedule

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.

Tuition

Paying for school

locked-in tuition

$398

Cost per credit

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

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.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at (844) 937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION

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

Real-world faculty

25

Average years of industry experience

19:1

Student-faculty ratio

Faculty Spotlight

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

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 in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.