Bachelor of Social Work Online

BSW Program Overview
  • Complete coursework 100% online with no residency requirement
  • Ranked among the Top 25 Christian Colleges for a Social Work Degree by Social Work Degree Online
  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • As part of our coursework (SWK281), a faculty member will become your program mentor, shepherding you through upper level courses and your fieldwork internship
  • Ranked #15 among the Best Online BSW degrees for 2020 by GradReports

For more information, get your program guide or call 1.844.621.0900.


SWK 311 Racial and Ethnic Relations

Examines cultures and experiences of minority ethnic groups in the U.S., and the impact of prejudice, discrimination and racism on these minority groups and on white society. Cross-listed SWK 311. Minimum grade of "C" for social work majors.

SWK 340 Practice with Individuals and Families

Covers theoretical foundations of generalist social work practice with individuals and families. Theories of Human Behavior and Social Environment (HBSE) will be applied to practice of assessment, goal-setting, intervention, termination and practice evaluation. Special attention given to intervention with diverse and vulnerable populations. Problem-solving process is learned that will also be applied to practice with groups, organizations and communities. May be taken concurrently with SWK 335 Interviewing. Minimum grade of "C" for social work majors. Prerequisite: SWK 305 Human Behavior in the Social Environment, or permission.

SWK 442 Social Welfare Policies

Provides a review of the historical development and philosophical basis of social work’s response to those in need and of social welfare policy. Examines the current welfare system to enable students to develop beginning practice skills in the construction, analysis and implementation of social welfare policy at local, state and national levels. Prepares students to effectively utilize social policy as a generalist social worker. Minimum grade of "C" for social work majors. Prerequisites: SWK 281 Introduction to Social Work, POL 213 American National Government or POL 214 State and Local Government, and an introductory, microeconomics or macroeconomics course.

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Admission Requirements 

  • To be accepted into the major, students must meet the following criteria: 
  • A cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or better. (Conditional acceptance may be granted to students having a GPA lower than 2.5. These students must receive a grade of “B” or better in SWK 281 Introduction to Social Work.)
  • Successful completion of a college writing course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Successful completion of SWK 281 Introduction to Social Work with a grade of “C+” or better. 
  • Timely submission of application materials. These materials can be obtained from and returned to the program director or designee. 
  • A personal interview with social work faculty. 
  • Once accepted into the social work program, students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. 

Prerequisite Courses 

  • Application to the social work program is required before junior-level practice courses are taken.
  • Freshmen, sophomores and transfer students can declare their intent to major in social work and will be assigned to a social work advisor who will help them prepare for acceptance.
  • Application to the program takes place after completion of SWK 281 Introduction to Social Work.
  • Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of SWK 281 at another accredited program may provisionally take one semester of junior-level courses while they apply to and are accepted into the program.
  • The decision as to whether all requirements are adequately met for admission to the social work major will be made by the social work faculty. 
  • Some additional prerequisites may apply
BSW Program Curriculum

Featured Courses:

A Higher Calling
  • As an inclusive, Christ-centered university, we at Spring Arbor University Online believe Jesus Christ to be the very first social worker. While there was no name for social work at the time, Jesus organized his mission around the human issues of love, charity, aiding the suffering and elevating the downtrodden. It’s a message we can all learn from and follow as we aspire to help the diverse range of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities at risk to social and economic injustices and discrimination.
  • Child Welfare Endorsement available to qualified Michigan residents
  • Our balanced online social work curriculum focuses on both theory and skill development


BSW Program Careers & Outcomes

The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which ensures students, employers and graduate social work programs that SAU graduates have received an education that meets CSWE's rigorous standards.

Learn more about BSW learning outcomes.

Earning your bachelor’s in social work online will prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Developmental disabilities services
  • Child welfare
  • Domestic violence centers
  • Criminal justice agencies
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Churches and related agencies
  • Schools (elementary and secondary)


Learn More

Spring Arbor University's BSW Advising Guide, outlines all of the necessary courses needed to complete your online social work degree.