Online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Make a Difference in Your Community and Advance Your Career

Transformative, Christ-Centered Education

Trained social workers play a vital role in every community as advocates and leaders for social change. Now, you can turn your passion for helping others into a meaningful career with Greenville University’s online Bachelor of Social Work program. Finish your bachelor’s degree in two years as you prepare for graduate programs and direct practice as a licensed social worker (LSW).

This program is delivered in a flexible format ideal for working adults and features an integrative approach that combines principles of social justice, criminal justice, and Christian ethics. As a Greenville University student, you will complete 400 hours of field training to apply what you learn in real-world settings. You will also have the option to choose when and where you pursue practicum placement.

Greenville University’s online BSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), indicating the quality of our curriculum.

Greenville University empowers you to make an impact as a responsible citizen with unique gifts and the character to serve your community. We are proud to offer competitive tuition for online programs in high-demand fields, raising the value of your bachelor’s or master’s degree.

120 Credit Hours

Complete in as few as 2 years

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Online Courses Backed by Real-World Experience

Greenville University’s online BSW courses explore essential social work topics, including developmental psychology, research methods, marriage and family dynamics, and policy. You will build connections between the online courses and real-world social work practice by completing 400 hours of fieldwork in your community, with our fieldwork director assisting you in finding a placement.

The online BSW courses include:

Fields of Social Work

Learn about the many settings where social work practice occurs, such as schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, and military bases.

Research Methods

Engage in a study of data collection, data analysis, and research activities with assignments that include research and study designs and a literature review.

Marriage and Family

Learn contemporary and historical perspectives on marriages, families, and other relationships, with a study of contributing support systems.

Social Work Practice

Prepare to enter your practicum environment by learning about generalist social work practice and activities you will complete in the field.

Flexible, Supportive Online Degree Programs

With Greenville University’s online programs, you’ll benefit from our academic excellence in a convenient format perfect for busy professionals. You’ll learn from expert faculty with experience teaching online and working in their specialty, so you can access valuable guidance for achieving your goals. Our accredited online programs offer the same quality and rigor found on campus, letting you acquire a degree that positions you for success in work and life.

Take the First Step Toward Becoming a Licensed Social Worker

Social workers are in high demand, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment will increase by 9% from 2021 to 2031.1 After finishing this program, you will possess the knowledge necessary to seek graduate study as you pursue social work licensure. You can also gain qualifications for careers with school districts, healthcare systems, and other organizations needing professionals with social work training.

Five Practice Areas for Social Workers

  • Community Outreach
  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health
  • School Social Work
  • Substance Abuse Counseling

Academic Excellence, Elevated by Faith

Greenville University was founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church to provide distinctive, Christ-centered university education. Today, we continue that mission by empowering students to lead lives of character and service through a transformative education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social Workers. Retrieved September 13, 2022, from