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Bachelor's Degree in Social Work Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
Online with One Required Intensive
Transfer Credits
Up to 90 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Jan 14, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Serve Your Community with an Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Degree from Liberty University

Do you want to make a difference in the world by offering healing hope to individuals, families, and communities — both nationally and internationally? Liberty University’s online Bachelors in Social Work (B.S.W.) degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to address critical social situations and events through an understanding of human psychology. While completing Liberty’s online social work degree, you will learn to evaluate, engage, and intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 

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Why Choose Liberty University’s Online Social Work Degree?

With Liberty’s bachelors in social work, you can help people in your own community — or work with communities worldwide. Our online social work degree not only provides the skills and experience you need to become a caring, effective social worker, but it also provides critical knowledge of human psychology, which is valuable in every people-focused industry. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, psychology-related employment is expected to have above-average growth through 2026*, providing many new career opportunities for professionals with a bachelors in social work.

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Bachelors Social Work Affordable

What Will You Learn in Our Online Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work?

Through Liberty’s online social work degree classes, you’ll receive specialized training in assessments, intervention strategies, and counseling techniques that will prepare you to practice as a human services professional in diverse communities. As a social worker, you will be empowered to help families and individuals of varying ages and racial and economic backgrounds make positive changes. With Liberty’s online social work degree, you’ll not only gain social work-specific skills that will prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers of future graduate work, but you’ll also acquire the interdisciplinary skills required to succeed in the marketplace today.

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Degree Info
Military Benefits
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Online Social Work Degree

  • Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we’ve frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past three years – and counting.
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!

  • By earning your Bachelors of Social Work from a nonprofit 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 3rd year of Candidacy status in the accreditation process with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Similar Degree Programs

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 Information and Requirements

  • Our online bachelors in social work degree requires one 3-credit-hour on-campus intensive and four & eleven credit-hour field placements.
  • Upon declaring this major, students will pursue the Gate process to gain approval into the program. Please see the Social Work Gates page for more information.
  • Our program is currently in the 3rd year of Candidacy status in the accreditation process with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • This program falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.
  • View the online B.S. in Social Work Degree Completion Plan for the list of official course content and suggested sequence.
  • View the Undergraduate Course Syllabi (login required).
  • Visit the Online Field Experience page for more information about the two social work field placements. 

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $250 for undergraduate (per credit hour)
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)
  • College credit for military training
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Potential Career Options with an Online Social Work Degree

While our online social work degree provides you with specialized training and experience that will prepare you to become a social worker, the knowledge and practical skillsets you’ll gain will also meet a critical demand 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 will prepare you to fill the ever-increasing needs in private, public, and nonprofit markets for people-focused understanding, making you a valuable human services asset.  

  • Child welfare worker
  • Medical social worker
  • Adoptions clinician
  • Addictions and mental health specialist
  • School social worker

Admission Requirements for Our Online B.S. in Social Work Degree

Applicants must have a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA for admission on Good Standing. If the GPA is less than a 2.0, the applicant will be considered for Acceptance on Caution. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information. 

All Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Unofficial college transcripts with a completed official transcript request form**
  • A High School Self-Certification form
  • Proof of English Proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first. 

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