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Online BSSW Program Details

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Online BSSW Program Information

Flexibility. Increased access. Quality education. Five words that describe our Online BSSW Program well.

The Online BSSW Program is specifically designed for transfer students who have earned 60 transferrable credit hours and an Associate of Art (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from a regionally accredited community college. Applicants who have not yet finished their A.A. or A.S are eligible for admission as long as their A.A or A.S. and 60 transferrable credit hours are complete by the fall semester. Transfer students who complete the Tennessee Transfer Pathway in Social Work are highly encouraged to apply.

All curriculum and program requirements for the Online BSSW Program are identical to those required for the on-campus BSSW Program. All required social work courses will be delivered exclusively online using real-time or synchronous video conference software. Courses will also feature asynchronous teaching methods to facilitate learning through the use of online learning resources outside predetermined time constraints. The online BSSW Program offers cutting-edge electives including courses on trauma, forensic social work, crisis intervention and suicidology, and social work with military and veteran populations. Like the on-campus BSSW Program, students will work with their field coordinator to secure their required field/practicum placements that occur in a real-world practice setting under the supervision of a professional social worker.

Application and Admission

For a description of admission requirements and applications for undergraduate admission to the University can be found at:

Minimum requirements include:

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher (transfer GPA)
  • *Completion SOWK 200 (Introduction to Social Work) or its equivalent with a grade of C or higher prior to enrollment in the online BSSW program (i.e., SOWK 312)
  • *Completion SOWK 250 (Introduction to Social Welfare) its equivalent with a grade of C or higher prior to enrollment in the online BSSW program (i.e., SOWK 312)
  • Completion of the following Personal Essay questions (instructions to complete the Personal Essay can be found in the application):
    1. What motivated you to pursue a career in social work, as opposed to another helping profession such as psychology? Please discuss your career goals and any specific areas of interest in social work practice you may have.
    2. Describe what professional behavior and accountability means to you as an online student in and outside of the virtual classroom.
    3. Describe why the Online BSSW Program is a better fit for your learning needs compared to a more traditional campus program.

(* SOWK 200 and SOWK 250 are offered online every summer prior to enrollment in the online BSSW social work classes in the fall.)

Curriculum Track

Online BSSW Program – Fall entry only (PDF format).