Bachelor of Science in Social Work Online Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

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Serve your Community with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work

Liberty University’s online social work degree provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to address critical social situations and events through an understanding of human psychology. While completing Liberty’s social work degree online, you will learn to evaluate, engage, and intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Our online social work degree will teach you important ethical principles and help you develop critical thinking skills needed to adapt to a diverse world and provide care to hurting communities. Learn from industry professionals with real-world experience in human services, and get on-the-job experience in your community through field experience, all while fitting your education into your life with Liberty University’s award-winning flexible online learning environment.

Why Liberty University’s Online Social Work Degree?

With Liberty’s online Bachelors of Science in Social Work degree, you can help people in your community, or work with communities worldwide. Our degree in social work provides all of the skills needed for becoming a social worker, but also provides critical knowledge of human psychology that is sought after in every people-focused industry. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, psychology-related employment opportunities are expected to have above-average growth through 2024*, providing many new career paths and applications of a social work degree.

You can pursue a practical, rewarding career with an online social work degree while still preparing yourself for future graduate studies, or pursue employment outside of the role of a social worker. Liberty’s online social work degree provides this flexibility of employment opportunities, while also giving you the needed online structure that lets Liberty fit into your life.

Highlights of our Bachelor of Social Work Degree:

  • By earning your Bachelors in Social Work from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in this field.
  • Liberty’s online social work degree has awards from the SR Education Group for Best Value and Most Affordable Online Colleges for social work degrees.
  • Learn field-tested techniques for addressing human services issues in your community
  • Complete field placements in your area that allow you to learn under practicing agents and demonstrate real-world experience to future employers.
  • Our program is currently in the 2nd year of Candidacy status in the accreditation process with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

What Are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Social Work Degree?

  • Improve your employment opportunities by demonstrating strategic human services knowledge, or prepare for graduate studies for advanced research or clinical counseling career.

  • Increase your pay by completing a SACS-accredited bachelor’s degree while gaining valuable, real-world experience during your field placements that will help establish you as an expert to future employers.
  • Meet your peers and professors during the social worker degree five day on-campus intensive.
  • While completing your Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree online, you can work on coursework on your time, accessing your online materials any time of day with our flexible online learning environment.

What Will You Learn in the Online Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program?

Liberty’s social work degree includes specialized training in assessments, intervention strategies, and counseling techniques to assist human services professionals practice in diverse communities. Serving as a social worker will require you to be able to assist in positive changes for individuals of varying ages, and families of many underserved communities of different racial and economic backgrounds. Liberty’s online social work degree provides this training along with the interdisciplinary skills required to earn a fully SACS accredited bachelor’s degree, ensuring that you are also prepared for future graduate studies or to transition into different careers if your life goals change.

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For a more generalized and customizable human services degree, you may be interested in Liberty University’s online Bachelors in Psychology.

Online Social Work Degree Format

  • Online with one three credit hour intensive

  • Two field placements with 500 hours of practical experience

  • 120 total credit hours
  • 30 credit hours must be taken through Liberty
  • Transfer up to 90 credit hours of previous college coursework or professional credit




Online Social Work Degree Information and Requirements

  • You may visit the Online Field Experience page for more information about the two social work field placements.

  • Visit the School of Behavioral Sciences to find out more about faculty and on-campus events.
  • View the Degree Completion Plan for the list of official course content and suggested sequence.
  • Our program is currently in the 2nd year of Candidacy status in the accreditation process with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
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Potential Career Options with an Online Bachelor of Science in Social Work

  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Adoptions Clinician
  • Addictions and Mental Health Specialist
  • School Social Worker

While our online social work degree provides specialized training and experience to prepare you to become a social worker, the knowledge and practical skillsets you will gain will also meet critical needs for human services expertise in many industries. Learning skills and gaining hands-on experience in human services may lead to career opportunities in research, criminal justice, education, government, and other important interpersonal roles. The online social work degree helps students fill the needs in private, public, and non-profit markets for people-focused understanding, making you a valuable human services asset.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition