Online Bachelor of Social Work


Overview of the Bachelor of Social Work Online Program

A life of service in a career dedicated to helping people and communities navigate problems. Does that sound like your calling?

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program prepares students to help people in a variety of settings, from schools to hospitals and more. When youth and adults find themselves in life’s most difficult situations, social workers are there to help people cope and find real solutions. Social workers often represent marginalized populations, advocate for justice, and help create better policies and practices to serve individuals and communities.

The BSW at Indiana Wesleyan University is a fully online bachelor completion program that prepares you for state licensure. You can also choose to continue your education at IWU after completion in the Master of Social Work program.

  • Weekly field placement gives you flexible hands-on experience
  • Six-week courses taken one at a time
  • Faith-based curriculum
  • $426 per credit hour

You’ll learn to…

  • Be a culturally-competent social worker ready for entry-level practice
  • Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Assess and advocate for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Engage in research, practice, and policy

Career Possibilities

  • Social worker, case worker, or residential counselor
  • Case manager
  • Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW)

Career Data

Projected Change in Employment in US, 2019-2029 - 13.0%
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economics Modeling Specialists, Intl.)

Median Salary in US, 2019 - $50,470
(Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.)



The mission of the Social Work Program is to prepare students for social work practice through the teaching of the knowledge, values, and skills that equip them to be change agents advocating for the dignity and worth of all people and respect for human diversity. The Social Work program develops world changers by instructing students to utilize scientific inquiry, to integrate worldview, faith, and learning into active service that promotes social justice and growth for individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.


Virtual Classroom

The virtual classroom is the online version of the on campus Social Work program and is tailored to meet the unique needs/experiences of working adults. It brings IWU’s Christian mission and vision, as well as an accredited Social Work program, to everyone. Students receive individual attention from instructors, interact with other students, and are part of the IWU community of learners. Through the use of various media, students are able to learn from real world Social Work scenarios and case studies from instructors who combine academic credentials with professional expertise. 


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Our program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for over 25 years;, 703-683-8080.


Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
Pre-Social Work Support Courses 6 Total $426 / credit hour
Social Work 64 Total $426 / credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email



Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Required Courses for Social Work



Below are the lists of requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program includes two steps. The first is being admitted as a pre-social work major. Requirements for this step are listed below (#1-4). The second step is admission as a social work major, which is described in #5.

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at regionally accredited colleges or universities or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  • A maximum of 40 hours of credit may be earned through the assessed learning process. (The Social Work Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.)
  • Prior completion of at least 45 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.
  • During the Introduction to Social Work course an Application to the Social Work Program is introduced. The application is completed in the second social work major course and an interview is completed with the Director of the BSW Program. This is followed by a formal letter of acceptance to the program.

Admission to Field Placement Internships

After all major coursework is completed each student is required to complete a Field Placement or internship in a social service agency. This placement site is arranged by the Director of Field Education in collaboration with each student, aiming to align with the student’s professional goals and development needs. As such, each student will complete a Social Work Field Placement Application along with an updated resume and personal statement. Students will submit their field placement application to the Director of Field Education. The field placement options are discussed and a tentative plan is created for Field Placement based on the student's interest and needs.

Graduation Requirements

  • Maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.5.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.7 grade-point average in Social Work Major Courses.
  • Complete 120 semester hours.
  • Complete 30 hours of general education.
  • Completion of a total of 400 supervised hours of field education.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science in Social Work program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us.

State Licensure Requirements

Because our Social Work program has earned accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which is the national accrediting body for all social work programs in the United States, students can feel confident that the Online Social Work program at Indiana Wesleyan University will prepare them for entry level practice in the field of social work. While the CSWE establishes and maintains national standards for all social work programs, each state reserves the right to establish their own standards for licensure to practice within their state borders. It is important to research and understand the proper licensing requirements for your respective state. The following links, which are organized by state, will be helpful as you seek state licensure for your work in the field of social work.

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IWU Social Work faculty members take pride in their individual relationships with their students. We care about each student's progress in not only professional development but also emotional, spiritual, and personal development. Each faculty member purposely stays up to date on current social work practices in order to maximize the effectiveness of classroom teaching.

michele wells - PhD; MSW

Online Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program

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robert jesiolowski - DSW; MSW; LCSW

Assistant Professor, Online Social Work

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