Social Work : Online

Bachelor of Social Work

Why study Social Work : Online?

Social work promotes human well-being by strengthening opportunities, resources, and capacities of people and communities and by creating policies and services to correct conditions that limit human rights and quality of life, with a special focus on ending poverty, discrimination, and oppression. Using a person-in-environment perspective and respect for human diversity, social work promotes social justice on behalf of individuals, families, groups, and communities. 

Social workers practice in a wide range of fields providing a variety of services, as the following description illustrates. They work with families in economic distress, offering help with basic needs such as food and housing. They work with persons with physical and mental disabilities and with older adults, providing care management to connect these clients to resources in the community that promote their ability to live independently. They investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect, and provide counseling to families to correct these problems. They work with children in foster care, helping them adjust to new families and schools. They work with people with substance abuse problems, helping them find ways to recover from addiction and to become productive members of their communities. They work with communities to help members organize and advocate for changes that will promote a better quality of life for all. In all of these settings, social workers use the knowledge and skills acquired in undergraduate education for social work.

Admission Requirements

The University of Cincinnati Online BSW-DL program admission requirements are as follows: 

Students need a transfer in GPA of at least 2.75. 

Students must have a minimum of 63 credit hours in social work, pre-social work, or similar major or associate degree program, including program pre-requisites or their equivalents (speak with an enrollment advisor at 888-628-3334 about transferring your credits). 

Students must have completed introductory social work courses prior to beginning the program. If they don’t have these courses, you may be eligible to enroll in our free targeted open online course (TOOC)* that provides this introductory information. Students can complete the course during the recruitment window and prior to registering for courses in the BSW-DL program.  

*The School of Social Work in the College of Allied Health Sciences offers a targeted open online course (TOOC), Introduction to Social Work. This online course allows participants to not only test drive a bachelor-level course but also earn prerequisite semester credit hours toward the UC Online BSW-DL program. The (TOOC) course is free to test with an applicable transfer fee if used toward credit hours. 

Successful social workers are problem-solvers who like working with people and who are flexible, resourceful and tenacious. The helping process is rarely linear. Social workers must be willing to change their ideas to accommodate clients' experiences, aspirations, and goals. They need to understand the community where they are employed in order to make the best use of available resources. Finally, social workers need to confront bureaucratic obstacles and become vocal advocates for their clients. 

Social workers are employed in both the public and private social service sectors. Social workers work in community-based agencies that provide resources to meet basic human needs. They work with people facing difficult life situations, such as homelessness and domestic violence in shelters. They provide counseling and case management services for people with mental health problems in community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, corrections,and family service agencies. They work with people experiencing disability and health problems in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and agencies established to promote community living. They provide support to children and their families in schools and agencies serving youth. In the child welfare field, they are employed by adoption, foster care and family preservation agencies, and protective service agencies dealing with neglect and abuse of children. Other social workers work on policy and program development in government agencies. They may advocate on behalf of causes and communities in a variety of voluntary agencies. 

There is no minor in social work.

The University of Cincinnati Online (UC Online) has enrollment advisers to help students get started in the Bachelor of Social Work, Distance Learning (BSW-DL) program.  Students can initiate an informative dialog by filling out the “Request for Information” short form.  Additional program staff are available to assist students while in the program and to help students achieve their academic goals. 

The BSW-DL Program is ideal for students who have a 2-year associate degree in pre-social work or a similar major. Students can be admitted to the program in fall or spring semester.  All class work is online. Students receive support from UC Online advisors and program staff to help them achieve their academic goals.  Program faculty and staff work with students to find a qualified field placement in their own communities, where students work alongside a professional social worker in the final two semesters of study.   

The BSW-DL program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The UC BSW degree will be recognized by every master's in social work (MSW) graduate programs in the United States. Students can receive advanced standing credit toward the MSW degree in programs that offer this option.  

Graduates of BSW-DL social work program are qualified to sit for the Bachelor’s examination offered by the Association of Social Work Boards and to apply for licensing in states which offer social work licenses to BSW graduates. Licensing requirements are state specific and applicants should check with their state licensing board for specific requirements. 

Through a partnership with the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati, students in the BSW-DL program can gain additional credentials in Substance Abuse Counseling. Through special electives, students will fulfill the educational requirements for the Ohio Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant Phase 1 (CDCA Phase 1) Exam or a similar exam in their home state. Students should check with their home state’s addictions counseling credentialing board for specific requirements. 

Certification for graduation requires an overall university GPA of 2.5 and a 2.5 GPA in all social work courses.

Students can transfer into the BSW-DL program from another college or university if they have completed 63 credit hours and the required general education curriculum, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.  

Students can transfer into the BSW-DL program from another UC program if they have completed 63 credit hours and the required general education curriculum, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.  For more information, fill out the information request form. 

Application Deadlines

The University of Cincinnati Online BSW-DL program has application deadlines for each semester.  Students applying to the BSW-DL program can find these deadlines for the next start date by visiting the program information page

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Contact Information

Bachelor of Social Work-Distance Learning Completer Program
University of Cincinnati
3030 Edwards One
Cincinnati, OH 45219
(888) 628-3334