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    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) Program


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    Social Work Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) Program

    Advance social and economic justice through a strengths-based BSW program.

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    If you feel called to advocate for others, Ursuline's online Social Work program may be for you. You'll experience a collaborative and challenging curriculum, a sense of community in each class, and field placements that will kick-start your professional career.

    The undergraduate degree in social work will prepare you for social work licensure in the state of Ohio, entry-level social work practice, and admission to graduate school. 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.

    Major Courses Online

    What sets our Social Work program apart from all other traditional undergraduate programs at Ursuline is that in Social Work, you'll take classes on campus for the first two years, and then the second two years -- including two summer classes between junior and senior year -- you'll take Social Work courses online.

    Typically, you'll focus on core courses and electives during your first two years at Ursuline. You may choose to live in a residence hall or compete in athletics. You'll be a traditional undergrad.

    Junior and senior year, you may continue to live on campus, but the courses in your major you will take online. This will include independent work online; collaborative work between students and instructors on-screen via Zoom; and “town hall” style gatherings on screen with all social work students. This way, you'll get to know your classmates, both the traditional students like yourself and the working adults in the fully online, accelerated program. This diverse group of learners of all ages will become your community, your future colleagues!

    And taking those two summer courses between junior and senior year will help lighten your course load during the semesters you are in field placement, gaining invaluable real-world experience.

    You'll meet with Social Work faculty members all four years for advising and academic planning to make sure you stay on track for your goal!

    Fully Online Program

    Ursuline's fully online, accelerated version of this undergraduate social work curriculum is especially well suited to working adults. Learn more.

    Program Accreditation

    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 here.

    Bridge Program: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) Program

    As a graduate of Ursuline's Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) program, you'll have advanced standing in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Social Science.

    Careers: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) Program

    What can you do with a bachelor's degree in social work?

    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:

    • AIDS Task Force
    • BeechBrook
    • Community Partnership on Aging
    • Crossroads Hospice
    • Hospice of the Western Reserve
    • Medical Free Clinic
    • MetroHealth System
    • Recovery Resources
    • West Side Community House
    • Women Safe
    • Women’s Re-entry Network

    What Ursuline BSW Alumni are Doing

    Bachelor’s in social work career outcomes infographic

    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: This field is expected to grow much faster than average from 2019 to 2029.

    Admission Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) Program

    Upon completion of the SW 338 Theory course, you'll complete a formal admission process to pursue the Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) degree. Criteria for admission includes:

    • 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 Program.
    • Evidence good moral character, emotional maturity, and commitment to the ethical code of the social work profession.
    • Submit two letters of recommendation supporting the candidate’s abilities, motivation and suitability for the social work profession.
    • Make formal application to the Social Work Program.
    • Interview with the faculty designated by the program director.

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