Online Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work

Social work is well established as a profession committed to helping people and communities identify, prevent, and solve problems. Touro University Worldwide’s online Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree program provides the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to begin a social services career and to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW).

Prepare for a Career in Social Services

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Work degree from Touro University Worldwide prepares culturally competent entry-level social workers to help individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. With a focus on community advocacy and social policy, our students learn to provide counseling, referrals, and practical human services.

Career Outlook with a Bachelor’s in Social Work Degree

Graduates with a Bachelor’s in Social Work are typically employed under a range of job titles, such as adoption social worker, medical social worker, bilingual youth counselor, case manager, classroom counselor, permanency specialist, support counselor in intensive treatment foster care, life coach, youth counselor, and discharge planner. Most individuals need to continue their education to become a licensed social worker and to advance their career in the social services field.

Note: This online social work degree program does not lead to any form of licensure or certification.

Undergraduate Social Work Curriculum

The online Bachelor’s in Social Work degree program inspires students to be advocates for social change and a more just and equitable society. Designed for career-ready success, the social work curriculum integrates online courses and field training to help students acquire the necessary knowledge, values, and professional norms required for a social services career. 

Students explore our engaging  curriculum  to gain knowledge about human behavior and the social context of the environment, social welfare policy and services, multicultural social work, human diversity, social and economic justice, and social work ethical standards. Upon completion of their online social work courses, graduates are able to employ an evidence-based approach to research findings to guide their decisions in the professional practice of social work

In addition, the online coursework equips students to pursue a Master of Social Work or enter one of Touro University Worldwide’s various master’s degree programs.

Fieldwork Placement

The learning experience of fieldwork in diverse settings allows students to practice the appropriate knowledge and skills to promote the well-being of client populations. Previous fieldwork placements have included schools, counseling centers for families, senior centers, and social service charitable organizations.

A Flexible Online Social Work Degree 

With our fully online bachelor’s degree in social work, Touro University Worldwide has created a student-centered, flexible alternative to traditional on-ground degree programs. This program is also well-suited for transfer students who would like to finish their social work degree online. 

Designed to be student-centered, class sizes are intentionally limited and more personal, so you receive more of your professor’s time and can excel in a nurturing academic environment. In addition, we offer our online students access to comprehensive career resources through Career Services. All TUW professors are carefully selected for their credentials and passion as an educator. 

The duration of the B.A. program in Social Work depends on several factors, including the number of credits accepted for transfer and whether or not online students take time off between social work courses. Students who enroll full-time (12 credits per semester for 3 semesters each academic year) can complete the bachelor’s degree in three and half (3.5) years. Students who enroll part-time (6 credits per semester for 3 semesters each academic year) will complete the program in seven (7) years.

Transfer credits: Up to a maximum of 45 semester credits of general education may be transferred and up to 45 semester credits of BSW may be transferred from other BSW programs from a regionally accredited university/college to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program requirements. A minimum of 30 semester credits from the program major courses must be completed at Touro University Worldwide.

Academic Policies 

Explore more detailed information related to the online bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

  1. Admission Requirements
  2. Portability of Degree
  3. BSW Program Handbook
  4. Form AS 4(B): Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK)

The TUW BSW Social Work Advisory Team (SWAT) is pleased to announce the results of our first social work program imitative Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).

3,639 RAK were performed during the week of February 13-17, 2023, contributing to the well-being of our communities.

We wish to thank students, Alumni, faculty, friends and family for your support!


CSWE Specialty Accreditation

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.

Program Requirements

Touro University Worldwide’s online Bachelor of Arts in Social Work requires a total of 120 credit hours for completion. The social work curriculum combines online courses with a field internship.

*Combines online courses and field internship

  • General education (45 credits)
  • Major and core requirements (51 credits)
  • Electives (24 credits)

Students must meet the prerequisite requirements before taking any of the major program requirements. For this program, students may transfer 45 semester credits of General Education and may also transfer identical course credits from other social work programs (on a case by case basis).

The duration of the program will vary by student. Factors affecting your completion time include the number of transfer credits and time off between courses. Based on the program requirement of 120 semester credits, students may transfer 45 semester credits of General Education and may also transfer identical course credits from other social work programs (on a case by case basis).

Admission Requirements

Students seeking enrollment in the online Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program must meet one of the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • High school graduate
  • Successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) test
  • Transfer student from an accredited college or university in good academic standing

View the Policy for Admission for the B.A. in Social Work Program for more detailed admissions requirements.


Touro University Worldwide is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Touro College Los Angeles (Lander Campus) is a division of Touro University Worldwide.

For more information on WSCUC, visit or write WSCUC at 1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500, Alameda, CA 94501.

Lay the Foundation for Change with our Online Bachelor’s in Social Work

At Touro University Worldwide, our online Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree program equips graduates with the foundational skills and knowledge to begin a social services career. Designed to be accessible and affordable, this flexible undergraduate program is perfect for students looking to finish their bachelor’s degree in social work and prepare for graduate school.