Bachelor of Social Work

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

What does a Social Worker do?

No matter your specialty, the work life of a social worker is challenging, diverse, and rewarding, with the opportunity to go home every night knowing that you made a difference. While there is not really a typical “day in the life of a social worker,” you might:

UC Online Social Work Student Testimonial
Online Social Work Student Testimonial

  • Spend your days working in an elementary school system, providing individual or group therapy sessions to children.
  • Work as a family counselor, working with parents to ensure they are able to retain custody of their children and keep their family together.
  • Work in an advocacy or policy guiding role, spending your day assessing new research, reading over policy recommendations, or meeting with politicians and other policy makers to discuss changes and advocate for at-risk populations.

 

The University of Cincinnati’s Bachelor of Social Work Program

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

Accreditations and Rankings

  • The University of Cincinnati and all of its regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Top tier of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named Top 20 Online BSW by Guide to Online Colleges 
  • Our bachelor social work online is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation and is evaluated by a peer review process

Is Social Work Right for Me?

Social work is an excellent career choice for those driven by a desire to do good and make a positive impact. Social workers are driven by altruism — creating space for others to heal, for social justice to take place, and for families to come together. Social workers strive for the betterment of their communities and our society as a whole.

BSW online degree courses at UC 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 social work class online students in any location.

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

Career Options

Social workers find meaningful employment in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, settlement houses, community development corporations, and private practices.

With high job satisfaction and great career stability, many social work positions appear on the U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Jobs list.

Social workers are trained to help people who are struggling with a range of issues and conditions such as physical and mental illnesses, addiction, homelessness, poverty, and more. To secure an entry-level social worker job, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) or equivalent degree in a related field.

High rates of job satisfaction are one of the greatest benefits of working as a social worker. Beyond that, jobs in this field often have many opportunities for advancement. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in social work are expected to grow 13% through 2029, faster than the national average, and the median pay for social workers is $50,470.

Student Testimonials
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“I researched long and hard for an accredited online program before finding the University of Cincinnati, a highly regarded school with many years of academic excellence under its belt. As a busy working mom and wife, I appreciate that it offers so many online classes and programs tailored to adult/non-traditional students. The classes are well structured and relevant to my field of study. I really like that there is constant communication between the school, professors and students, which makes me feel like I am not missing out. I also think we have great faculty and staff. I am excited and proud to be a part of the University of Cincinnati family!”

Ana B.
BSW Social Work, Current Student

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