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Bachelor of Arts

Social Work

A faith-based online degree taught with a Biblical worldview, this program prepares students to empower communities and facilitate change.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 3/15
Est. Program Length: 2-4 years
Course Length: 7-15 weeks
Cost Per Credit Hour: $520
Credit Hours: 124
Transfer Credits: up to 90 credits

Go Further in Your Calling

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work jobs are expected to grow 16 percent by 2026 – a rate much faster than average. Prepare to advance your career in human services with the online Bachelor of Social Work program at Malone University. At Malone, we offer a rigorous curriculum founded in biblical principles that gives you the training you need to become an ethically-minded professional in a career you love.

Key topics covered in our online social work program include:

  • Human growth and development
  • Social work theory
  • Research and writing within the field
  • Human behavior
  • Social welfare policy
  • Working with individuals, families, and groups
  • Macro, mezzo, and micro level practice
  • Psychology
  • Professional ethics

The program also provides field instruction, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience. Working alongside our exceptional faculty, you’ll gain the mentorship and guidance you need from seasoned professionals with years of real-world experience.

At Malone, we are exceptionally proud of our graduates. Our social work students collectively have one of the highest passing rates for the LSW certification in the state of Ohio. Two thirds of our students go on to graduate school. Because our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), graduates are eligible for advanced standing in many postgraduate degree programs should they choose to continue their education.

The online bachelor of social work is offered in a fully digital format, providing you with ultimate flexibility while earning your degree. You’ll have the opportunity to attend class when and where it’s right for you, and can finish your degree in as little as two years.

This program consists of 124 Credits

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Courses and Requirements

Your curriculum. Your career.

The online bachelor of social work is intended to give students a meaningful education of significant breadth and depth. Through a Christian lens, individuals will study the competencies required to advance as practitioners of care.

Major Courses
SWK 222 Introduction to the Profession and Practice of Social Work
SWK 242 Human Behavior and Social Environment
SWK 262 Research and Writing for Social Work Professionals
SWK 311 History of Social Welfare
SWK 312 Social Welfare Policy Analysis
SWK 345 Practice with Individuals
SWK 347 Practice with Families and Groups
SWK 348 Community and Organizational Development
SWK 372 Methods of Social Research
SWK 401 Professional Issues in Social Work
SWK 440 Field Instruction in Social Work
SWK 460 Field Instruction Seminar
SWK 470 Social Work Specialization Seminar

Social Work Support Courses
BIOL 172 Introduction to Human Biology
POL 201 Introduction to American Government
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 140 Introduction to Statistics
PSYC 220 Psychology of Human Development
PSYC 344 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 310 Prejudice, Discrimination, and Inequality

HIST 211 American History I: Colonial Era to the Civil War OR
HIST 212 American History II: Gilded Age to the Present

Requirements for Graduation
A student must have a minimum of 124 credit hours to complete the requirements for graduation.


Admissions Requirements

B.A. Social Work Admissions

Candidates for Malone’s online B.A. in Social Work program must submit the following:

* Note: Students may submit unofficial transcripts while official transcripts are being processed.

Later, BASW students will need to do the following to become an official major:

  • Submit a School of Social Work application
  • Submit a resume
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Pass a background check (before an internship)

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Career Outcomes

Malone’s online bachelor of social work prepares students for a host of rewarding careers.

*Career information via Payscale.com

Why Choose Malone?

Malone Online is a Christ-centered university that is recognized for its academic excellence, extraordinary leadership, career-oriented programs, and holistic approach to education.

  • Quality Rankings.

    Among its many accolades, Malone has been listed among the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Values and Best Colleges for Veterans for 2018.

  • Christ-Centered.

    Malone provides an intentional focus on promoting an education based on faith and its integration with intellectual, spiritual, and social growth.

  • Extraordinary Leadership.

    Students work with renowned faculty, caring staff, and can take advantage of unique support programs after graduation.

Benefits of Learning Online

Pursuing an online degree means choosing to elevate your career. Online degree programs offer:

  • Flexibility

    Online learning makes it possible to earn a degree while maintaining a balance of work and life responsibilities.

  • Self-Paced Programs

    Spend more time with instructional materials, and adjust your learning schedule according to your needs.

  • Equal Access to Faculty

    Students who earn their degrees online study with the same excellent professors as their on-campus peers.

  • Affordability

    Online programs allow students to remain at work, and do not incur the additional costs associated with earning a degree on campus.

  • Community

    Learn with like-minded individuals in a digital space that’s every bit as welcoming as an on-campus classroom.

  • Enhanced Motivation

    Because students are afforded so much independence with an online degree, they graduate with the skills they need to excel in their careers.

  • Cultivated Potential

    Graduates emerge from online programs with a greater understanding of their own fortitude and excellence.