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100% Online Bachelor of Social Work

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Earn a Top-Tier, 100% Online Bachelor of Social Work

CSWE- Accredited

100% Online

Affordable Tuition

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  • Duration 3.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $435
  • Credit Hours 124

Program Benefits

  • Small Student-to-Faculty Ratio
  • Transfer up to 93 Credit Hours
  • Eight-Week Terms
  • Optional School Social Work Licensure Pathway for Licensure Prep

Dedicate Your Life to the Mission of Social Justice

Prepare for a rewarding career in social work with an in-depth study of psychology, sociology, American government, and applied statistics as a foundation. Methodist University delivers a convenient 100% online BSW degree in which you’ll enjoy close connections with a “family unit” faculty and student support system.

Your professors are deeply invested in your future goals and work with you to develop several social work competencies to build your skills and abilities. A supervised learning experience and online coursework prepare you with interviewing, assessment, planning, intervention, termination, and evaluation of practice skills. Emerge qualified to enter child services, mental health, social service, schools, hospitals, and correctional facilities to help those who need your help the most.

Career Outlook: Make a Living Out of Supporting Communities

The need for social workers is increasing. By getting an online BSW degree from Methodist University, you can join a growing industry that centers on supporting vulnerable and marginalized communities. Social workers currently earn an average salary of $50,470, and positions in the field are expected to grow by 13% through 2029.1

Careers and Salaries
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Curriculum: Build a Foundation in Advocacy

Designed by experienced professionals, Methodist University’s 100% online BSW program curriculum centers on preparing you to master the nine social work competencies designated by CSWE. These generally cover social work ethics, diversity, human rights, practice and research, engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Additionally, the in-person internship requirement will give you real-world experience.

This program also offers an optional pathway in School Social Work Licensure for those interested in North Carolina licensure, as well as a Child Welfare Collaborative elective for those who plan to pursue careers in child welfare services. These optional courses will help you further augment your degree to work for you and your specific career goals.

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Prepare for Your License in School Social Work

The online BSW program at MU offers an optional pathway for those interested in licensure in school social work. Through nine additional credit hours in this pathway, you’ll develop skills in social work, learn about important counseling theories, and discuss intervention techniques. You’ll also have the opportunity to directly observe the logistics of the school system in a public school setting and work with instructors to learn how to positively impact the lives of students and their communities.

This pathway prepares you for North Carolina School Social Work licensure through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI). Upon graduation, you will be ready to submit your application for licensure.

School Social Work Pathway

Course Spotlight: SWK 3750 Child Welfare Collaborative

Created to help more social workers pursue child welfare services positions, the Child Welfare Collaborative elective will give you a thorough overview of important policies, programs, and issues related to child welfare. Completion of this course, as well as a field internship in child welfare, will allow you to move directly into the field without the need to complete in-service training. This ensures you will be a step ahead when moving into a fulfilling career of creating long-term, positive change for children and their families.

Program Outcomes

In this program, you will learn to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to respond to issues in social work.
  • Engage with the consequences of oppression to best serve marginalized communities.
  • Analyze social policy to adapt your social work practice.
  • Communicate with clients, colleagues, and leaders in the field.
  • Practice social work in a variety of contexts.
  • Adopt social work’s professional values, ethics, and principles.


Enhance your degree by adding one of three available 100% online minors — Accounting, Business Administration, and Marketing. Our minors are structured to help you advance in the career path you want most and impress potential employers with your dedication to learning.

To learn more about our minors and how you can add one to your degree, visit our minors webpage. You can also request more information about a minor or contact an enrollment counselor directly at 910.212.4956.

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Admissions Requirements

To apply for the online Bachelor of Social Work from Methodist University, you’ll need:

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Tuition Details

The 100% online BSW degree costs $435 per credit hour and has 124 total credit hours. Learn more about the affordability and value of your education at Methodist University. If you or a family member are a veteran or active-duty service member, visit our Military Support page.

Tuition and Fees

Why Study Online?

Enjoy an online learning environment that offers the same quality as in-person courses, including dedicated faculty members and an overall caring, friendly atmosphere for achieving your professional and personal goals.

You’ll also have access to all of MU’s academic support services. That means you’ll get personalized assistance you need, such as access to the tutoring and writing centers. Experience a distinctive education in a flexible environment that fits your schedule.

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Financial Aid

You can earn a high-quality education from a private institution without worrying about the cost. As a Yellow Ribbon school and a university where 97% of students qualify for financial aid, Methodist is committed to affordability.

Learn more about federal student loans and grants, military benefits, and scholarship opportunities. We’re proud to make your goals as affordable as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have other questions not answered here? Request more information or call 910.212.4956.

The online BSW is available in both part-time and full-time options. Call 910-212-4956 to speak with a knowledgeable counselor dedicated to personalizing your enrollment experience.

Yes, the online BSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

To gain admission into the program, you must provide:

Learn more about the admissions process on our admissions page.

Yes! The online BSW accepts up to 93 transfer credit hours, pending departmental approval.

There are a total of 124 crdit hours, with 60 of those being major-specific.

While the two fields often overlap, you will find many differences between the psychology and social work degree programs at MU. To decide which is right for you, explore our social work and psychology program pages. One of our dedicated enrollment counselors can also discuss program options to help you determine which program is the best fit for your goals and interests. To speak with an enrollment counselor, call 910.212.4956.

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