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Bachelor of Science in Social Work​ Degree

online bsSW degree

Bachelor of Science in Social Work​ Degree

Bachelor's degree

4 years

Approximate Program Length


Total Credits


Cost per Credit



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Register by: Feb 8, 2023

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

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in 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


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for social workers is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031. However, it is important to note that this job growth accounts for career outcomes for professionals in bachelor’s and master’s prepared roles.

BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Career Services for Life®

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.

You'll have a team of advisors at University of Phoenix



Paying for school

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Cost per credit

Lock in the peace of mind that comes with fixed, affordable tuition. You’ll enjoy one flat rate from the moment you enroll until the day you graduate from your program. That’s your Tuition Guarantee.

Save time and money on your degree

Credit transfer made easy

Earn your degree faster, and for less, with eligible transfer credits.

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.

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Need some help?

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

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.

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Accreditation & Faculty

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic Accreditation

University of Phoenix’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. 

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

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

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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.

The BSSW program provides the academic preparation for bachelor’s level social work licensure or certification in select states. Students must meet the licensure requirements in any state in which they desire to practice.

Bachelor’s level social work licensure or certification requirements vary by state. Program requirements may change based upon your home state’s agency licensure requirements. Please visit the social work licensure page for state specific requirements prior to reaching out to your state agency.

*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.