Online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree

Begin a Meaningful Career and Advance the Mission of Social Justice

Experience a top-tier education in a flexible online format.

Help address social challenges that arise in every community with the online Bachelor of Social Work program from Methodist University. Our online BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and equips you with skills for supporting individuals and families in marginalized communities. The program’s specialized curriculum and dedicated faculty provide a deep understanding of the consequences of systemic oppression, enabling you to contribute to practical solutions that promote social and economic justice.

As a participating partner of the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative, we provide opportunities for learning how to advocate for vulnerable children through social services. This track includes an internship — by satisfying this requirement, you can gain the qualifications needed to begin a career in child welfare after graduation.

Methodist University offers distinctive educational experiences in a flexible format that fits your schedule. You’ll receive the same academic support as on-campus students, with personalized assistance that includes access to our tutoring and writing centers.

8 Week Courses

Finish in as few as
3.5 Years

Full-Time or Part-Time

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Online Courses That Empower Aspiring Professionals

MU’s online BSW degree program provides an interdisciplinary knowledge base that encompasses biology, psychology, and sociology to improve your decision-making after joining this field. In addition to helping you adopt professional values, ethics, and principles, you’ll learn to analyze social policy and adapt your social work practice to many professional settings.

Our accredited BSW program includes the following courses:

Explore systems theory and ecological perspectives that apply to the bio-psycho-social development of individuals and families.

Review the scientific method and research design with an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Examine historical, political, economic, and ideological events relating to the U.S. social welfare system with an introduction to current policies and programs.

Gain real-world skills through a supervised learning experience with an approved social welfare agency, applying the knowledge and skills acquired through the earlier courses.

Empowering and Flexible Online Programs

We design each online program to match the quality of in-person classes, regardless of where you are. You’ll learn from expert faculty in a flexible environment that lets you study at the times and locations that work best for you. Moreover, you will access the same guidance and support offered on campus, getting assistance from student advisors, enrollment counselors, and tuition planners from the moment you enroll through graduation.

Support Diverse Communities During Your Career

MU’s online bachelor’s in social work degree program prepares you to apply critical thinking skills when responding to pressing challenges in the field. Additionally, you’ll be able to offer innovative solutions to persistent social issues as you serve disenfranchised communities. These abilities put you on track for meeting the rising demand for social workers, which is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030.1

5 Careers for Social Work Graduates

  1. Social Worker: $50,390 per year1
  2. Social and Community Service Manager: $74,000 per year2
  3. Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist: $60,250 per year3
  4. Nursing home manager: $50,000 per year4
  5. Social Work Case Manager: $48,863 per year5

About Methodist University

Founded in 1956 as a liberal arts college, Methodist University now serves approximately 2,000 students from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries. Our expert faculty members offer top-tier experiences, nurturing moral values and ethical decision-making while preparing students for many careers and pursuits.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Social Workers.” Retrieved September 13, 2022, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Social and Community Service Managers.” Retrieved August 26, 2022, from
  3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists.” Retrieved August 26, 2022, from
  4. Payscale. “Average Nursing Home Manager Salary.” Retrieved August 26, 2022, from
  5. Payscale. “Average Social Case Worker Salary.” Retrieved August 26, 2022, from