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Social Work, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #703 (BCR) , NV,
The Bachelor of Social Work curriculum from University of Nevada, Reno gives students a rich overview of subjects that inform modern social work practice, such as social work research, micro and mezzo systems, human development and social welfare history. 


Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers enhance the fit between people’s needs and capabilities and the demands and resources of their environments. Social workers help clients identify their strengths and concerns, consider effective solutions, and find reliable resources. Through community organizing, program development, and political advocacy, social workers strive to enhance environments to be socially and economically just for all people.

The overarching goal of the Bachelor of Social Work degree is to prepare students for beginning generalist practice in Social Work. In terms of skills, BSW graduates are able to:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct themselves accordingly
  • Apply Social Work ethical principles to guide professional practice
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective Social Work services
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice
  • Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

Career options:

For sheer variety, few occupations can match social work, which offers a broad range of opportunities and settings.  Social workers are found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, the military, legislative bodies, police departments, courts, and countless other interesting workplaces. People who are conscientious, empathetic, caring, dedicated, and passionate will do well within this profession.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Students interested in applying to the professional sequence should submit a completed application packet to the School of Social Work before January 15.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Intro Social Work
  • Social Welfare History and Policy
  • Structural Oppression
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior
  • Basics of Professional Communication
  • The Global Context of Social Work
  • Social Work Methods with Individuals
  • Social Work Methods with Groups
  • Social Work Methods with Couples and Families
  • Social Work Methods with Organizations, Communities, and Legislatures
  • Introduction to Social Work Research
  •  Data Analysis for Social Workers
  • Field Experience in Social Work

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Students may declare the social work major after completing 30 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (or higher) and after completing SW 101 with a C (or higher).  Students who meet the following requirements may apply for admission to the professional sequence:

  • Declaration as a social work major
  • Completion of Silver Core Objectives C01-C08
  • Completion of the following Departmental Core requirements: Biology 100, Sociology 100, Core Humanities 203, Anthropology 101, Economics 100 or 102, Psychology 101
  • Completion of 90 earned credits or more prior to beginning professional sequence
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 overall (or in the last 30 credits). 
  • Completion of SW 101, SW 250, SW 310, SW 321 with a grade of “C” or higher

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14472 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7236 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Reno

  • 860 - 1230 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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