Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

At a Glance

Next Start Date: January 8, 2024

Limited-Time Offer: Speak with an enrollment specialist to learn about our current tuition savings.

Transfer Credits: Up to 135 credits

Accreditation: CSWE Accredited


Why Earn Your BSW Online at Walden?

pen iconEarn your bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program that meets high standards in preparing you for the field.

pen iconGain critical skills and knowledge with the Social Work Skills Lab, where you will have face-to-face interaction and guided instruction from academic practitioners and experts.

pen iconCustomize your bachelor's degree in social work to your scope of interest or career goals with five optional focus areas.

book iconDevelop practical skills through documentary-style video case studies portraying true-to-life scenarios experienced by BSW-level social workers.

Position yourself to fast track your Master of Social Work with the advanced standing option, available to BSW graduates with a 3.0 GPA.

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Walden University's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing standards that define competent preparation for professional social workers and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards.

Note on Licensure

Walden University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program meets the academic requirements to obtain the required credential to practice as a bachelors-level social worker in many states.

State licensing boards are responsible for regulating the practice of social work, and each state has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements for practice as a social worker at the bachelor’s degree level. Walden recommends that students consult the appropriate social work licensing board in the state in which they plan to practice to determine the specific academic requirements for licensure or other credentials. Walden enrollment specialists can provide information relating to the state-by-state requirements for licensure. However, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all licensing requirements for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential as a social worker.