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Online Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW)

Put your passion for social justice into action with an online bachelor’s degree in social work from Walden.

Why Choose Walden

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Prepare for Practice With Walden’s CSWE-Accredited Social Work Programs

Do you want to make a real impact in people’s lives? Walden’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs are CSWE-accredited and help you learn to address the needs of individuals, families, and communities. CSWE accreditation means that a program prepares you to apply ethical principles and critical thinking to social work practice. Earning a degree from one of our CSWE-accredited programs also academically prepares you to sit for social work licensure exams.

Program Details

Prepare for your First Day

Here are a few things you should do to prepare for the first day of class:

General Courses

Build the foundation for your online Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Core Courses

Gain a fundamental understanding of modern social work practice.

Skills Lab

Apply your new skills in a safe yet authentic environment.

Field Experience

Gain real-world insights under the supervision of a licensed social worker.


Focus your studies with topics that align with your passions.

Wherever You Are On Your Journey, We Have a Path

Discover a new bachelor’s education experience for first-time adult college students.

Walden Undergraduate Academy opens new doors for working adults like you and makes earning a degree more achievable than ever before. This dedicated learning experience has an extra layer of support to help you build your confidence and academic skills before you start your online bachelor’s program. 

Questions about Walden's BSW program? Our Enrollment Specialists are here to give you answers.

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Complete your BSW at Walden

If you have taken college-level courses at another accredited university, you may be able to transfer up to 130 quarter prior credits into our BSW program.1 No matter where you are in your undergraduate degree journey, we welcome you to complete your degree at Walden.

Questions about Walden's BSW program? Our Enrollment Specialists are here to give you answers.

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Continue Your Journey With an MSW

Pursue licensure and new career opportunities with an MSW degree. Both our BSW and MSW programs are accredited by CSWE. Keep the momentum going and continue into our master’s program upon completion of your BSW program.

Reduce Cost and Time Completion of Your MSW

In addition, BSW graduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher at graduation are eligible for the Advanced Standing option in our MSW program, which reduces the credits required for completion of the program. If you are eligible, choosing this option allows you to skip foundational courses and start your degree with advanced-level courses.

Questions about the Advanced Standing option in our MSW program? Our Enrollment Specialists are here to give you answers.

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Interactive and Hands-on Learning

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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Amount
Tuition 182 quarter credit hours $333 per quarter hour $60,606
 Skills Lab Fee One in program. In person or Virtual option. $1,420 (Virtual)
$1,520 (In-person: travel, lodging, and other expenses are additional)
Technology Fee Per quarter $170 $2,720



*Represents virtual Skills Lab, minimum time to completion, and Believe & Achieve Scholarship. Your actual total program time and costs may vary. Believe & Achieve Scholarship savings based on current tuition. See Scholarship Details for more information.

**Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 135 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0109.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

Program Outcomes

Become a Social Change Agent

Whether you’re looking to begin your career or build on your experience, Walden’s Bachelor of Social Work online program provides a clear path forward. Apply what you learn through virtual or face-to-face Skills Labs, video case studies, and other experiential tools. With expert assistance from our Field Office, you can then bring it all together during a hands-on field experience in an agency or other site in your local area.

Start your journey of lifelong learning at Walden, which offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in social work online.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of our online BSW program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of what is needed to develop a professional orientation and identify as a generalist social work.
  • Apply ethical standards and values to generalist social work practice.
  • Advocate for social change through promoting social, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Utilize evidence-based research to inform the practice of serving traditionally oppressed and disenfranchised populations.
  • Apply theories of human growth and development to social work practice.
  • Apply culturally competent generalist intervention skills as a generalist social worker.

Mission Statement

The BSW program’s mission is to cultivate the development of generalist social work scholar-practitioners who are able to provide ethical, evidence-based services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. With the BSW degree, social workers are prepared to use critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice to engage in generalist social work.