Online Bachelor of Social Work

Next Start
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Online

22
Courses

32
Months

Overview

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
Program Mission

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. 

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 Options

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

TUITION

CREDIT HOURS
64 Total
TUITION
$426/ Credit Hour*

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing iwuenroll@indwes.edu.

FINANCIAL AID

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

COURSES

Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

22 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence. For a full list of courses required to complete your degree, please visit the university catalog.

PSY-150,SOC-150,SWK-170,SOC-210,SOC-152,BIO-106,BIO-106L,POL-200,ECO-205,SWK-342,SWK-343,PSY-305,SOC-482,SWK-335,SWK-336,SWK-355,SWK-356,SWK-357,SWK-366,SWK-370,SWK-470,SWK-466

REQUIREMENTS

Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • 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.

  • 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.

START DATES

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

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

*Effective 07-01-2021 through 06-30-2022