Make your world more caring, just, and effective by earning your bachelor’s in social work (BSW) degree online.
If you are a working adult who feels called to advocate for and serve others in a meaningful way, the online social work program may be for you. You can complete your bachelor's degree and prepare for licensure without quitting your current job. Plus, you'll experience a collaborative, flexible, and challenging curriculum and a sense of community in each class. You can complete the Social Work degree through either of these admission pathways:
- As an Ursuline College Accelerated Program (UCAP) transfer student, admitted to the degree completion program, you'll complete your entire degree online through the UCAP course offerings including social work. Read more below.
- As a traditional student, admitted to a four-year program of study, you'll take core and general education classes in your first two years, on campus, and typically begin your enrollment in the online Social Work courses in your junior year. Read more about the traditional, on-campus option.
The undergraduate degree in social work will prepare you for entry level social work practice, admission to graduate school, and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) licensure exam offered in Ohio and other states where social workers are licensed at the Bachelor’s level. Through the program's strengths-based approach, you'll become a competent social work professional, ready to work with diverse populations, those who are at risk of oppression, especially women, and to advance social and economic justice through leadership.
You’ll be individually matched with agencies and organizations for fieldwork practice based on your interests. Your professors will know you well enough to place you in agencies doing work you are passionate about, connect you with mentors you will click with, and seek out fieldwork environments that match your post-college goals.
Program Accreditation + Social Work Licensing
This program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Learn more about Ursuline College's social work accreditation and licensing. View the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation assessment summary.
Ursuline's Social Work program is ranked among the nation's best by College Values Online.
In addition to the 15-week semesters in the BSW program, students are individually matched with agencies and organizations for field work in their local communities.
Credit toward your master's
As a graduate of Ursuline's Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) program, you will be eligible for advanced standing in CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) programs across the United States, including both traditional and online programs. This may allow you to complete your master's in a shorter period of time.
Careers: Online Social Work Bachelor's Degree Program
The Social Work Program will prepare you for social work licensure in the state of Ohio, for entry-level social work practice, and for admission to graduate school. Our graduates are making a difference as social workers in many fields, including aging, children and family services, mental health, addictions, health care, and criminal justice.
U.S. News and World Report ranks social work in the Ten Best Social Service Professions. By 2022, the field is expected to grow by 19%. Here is just a sample of the community agencies and organizations employing our social work graduates:
- Achievement Centers of Cleveland
- AIDS Task Force
- Circle Health
- Community Partnership on Aging
- Crossroads Hospice
- Hospice of the Western Reserve
- Jewish Family Services Association
- Lake Geauga Recovery Center
- Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries
- MetroHealth System
- New Directions
- VA Medical Center
- Recovery Resources
- Solon Senior Center
- Women Safe
What Ursuline BSW Alumni are Doing
How much can you make with a bachelor's in social work?
The estimated annual salary of our bachelor’s in social work graduates is $51,564, well above the national average of $50,470 (source: bls.gov). This field is expected to grow much faster than average from 2019 to 2029.
Admission Requirements: Online Social Work Bachelor's Degree Program
Admission to the Social Work Program and admission into field education is a joint process which occurs in your junior year when you are enrolled in SW 338 Sociological Theory.
In your initial interview when you're inquiring about the Social Work major, we will discuss program admissions criteria, curriculum, and faculty. Faculty will explain that there is a specific entry point into the professional component of the social work major. The Student Handbook, which is posted in all Social Work courses in D2L, the Learning Management System, provides detailed information regarding the admissions process.
The faculty instructor of SW 338 will review the application process with you, including the forms and the requirements to apply formally for admission to the Social Work Program and to the field placement. While enrolled, you'll make formal application to the professional component of the major. You'll complete the application to the Social Work Program and the Application for Field Placement. In order to qualify for admission to the Program, you should:
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in general education coursework and an average of 2.50 in courses designated as part of the Social Work major.
- Evidence the necessary academic, technical, and professional behaviors as these are defined and assessed in the Technical and Professional Standards of the Social Work Program in the Student Handbook.
- Submit two letters of recommendation supporting your abilities, motivation and suitability for the social work profession.
- Individuals completing these letters of recommendation cannot be a family relation. Ideal candidates could include former employers/supervisors, faculty outside of the social work program, professionals in the community, and people you have worked with on volunteer or community projects.
- Complete the formal application to the Social Work Program including a separate Field Application.
- Interview with the Program Director or a faculty designated by the program director.