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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Social Work & BSW Programs

A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) is generally considered the start of professional social work practice, qualifying you for direct-service positions such as caseworker, group home worker, mental health assistant or residential counselor. It also allows you to continue your studies at the master’s level if you decide you want to move into clinical or supervisory work.

Click on the "request info" button next to the accredited school of your choice to receive more information about specific on-campus and online social work and BSW programs.



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Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI
Converse College
Spartanburg, SC
Dean College
Franklin, MA
Dordt College
Sioux Center, IA

Complete Your BSW Degree Program Online

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is expected to grow by about 25% through 2020, which is faster than the average for all professions.

A BSW is a bachelor's degree in social work and prepares you for many direct-service social work positions. Earning your bachelor’s degree takes about four years of full-time study at a college or university. No matter what level of social work education you attain, all states have certification, licensing or registration requirements you must meet to practice this profession.

Careers in Social Work

Social workers generally are divided into two groups: direct-service social workers who work with people to cope with issues that come up in everyday life, and clinical social workers who are trained to diagnose and treat mental, behavorial and emotional health issues.

Direct-service social workers work directly with people who need social services, assessing their needs and directing them to the services suited for their needs. Examples of situations in which a direct-service social worker would become involved include those suffering through illness, losing a job, a death of someone near to them or divorce. Direct-service health workers continue to monitor patients to ensure treatment is effective.

Clinical social workers provide therapy to individuals and groups, helping them cope with issues such as depression and anxiety. Many of them work in private practice.

Both direct-service and clinical social workers often focus on particular areas in which to work, including family counseling, child counseling, school social work and healthcare.