Bachelor of Social Work

A family sitting together happy with a social worker

UC Online’s Bachelor of Social Work degree allows students to gain the knowledge and experience needed to launch careers as community social workers. Our program is ideal for students who have a 2-year associate degree in pre-social work or a similar major. With start dates available all three semesters, you can begin working towards your degree on your time.

Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation and is evaluated by a peer review process. All of the University of Cincinnati’s online degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Our social work curriculum includes a combination of classroom learning and hands-on fieldwork. This mixture of theoretical knowledge and real world experience gives our graduates a competitive edge as they enter the workforce. Social work courses at UC Online focus on social welfare, human behavior, substance abuse counseling, and mental health awareness. Fieldwork takes place during the final year of the program and can be completed locally, making it convenient for online students in any location.

Our dedicated faculty is comprised of social workers and professionals with experience in community projects related to poverty, homelessness, cancer, veteran affairs, foster care, protective services, and more.

In order to enroll in the online BSW degree, students need to have at least a 2.75 GPA and need to have completed the required introductory coursework. For students lacking the introductory coursework, UC online offers a free targeted open online course that satisfies this requirement. To learn more, we encourage interested students to review a sample of our curriculum.


Becoming A Social Worker: Careers In the Field

Graduates of our online social work program are qualified to sit for the Bachelor’s examination offered by the Association of Social Work Boards and to apply for licensing in states which offer social work licenses to BSW graduates. Licensing requirements are state specific and applicants should check with their state licensing board for specific requirements.

Through a partnership with CECH at the University of Cincinnati, students of our online social work program can gain additional credentials in Substance Abuse Counseling. By participating in this special course, students will fulfill the educational requirements for the Ohio Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant Phase 1 (CDCA Phase 1) Exam or a similar exam in their home state. Students should check with their home state’s addictions counseling credentialing board for specific requirements.

Once licensed, becoming a social worker is a matter of pursuing opportunities in the fields that matter most to you. Our social work graduates hold positions in many fields, including poverty reduction, homelessness, child or adult protective services, and more.


Learn more about earning your Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work online today!

UC Online’s Bachelor of Social Work program can be completed on your schedule. Are you ready to pursue a new and interesting career? Request more information. Ready to take the next step? Start your application now.


Quick Facts

  • The online program admits new distance-learning students every semester.
  • The program has been designed to equip students with the necessary skills to become licensed social workers.
  • Students can work to add a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling while enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work online program.
  • Try a FREE Online Course, "Introduction to Social Work", that can be transferred toward credit hours. Launch Course (search: social work)
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accredited by council on social work education