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Social Work, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Highland Heights, KY, United States
A generalist Social Work curriculum at Northern Kentucky University is based on the values and ethics of the profession. Among others, these include a commitment to social and economic justice, valuing the importance of human relationships, and honoring the dignity and worth of human beings.
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Once admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work Program at Northern Kentucky University, students study human behavior, research, social work practice, and social welfare policy. An emphasis is placed on utilizing critical thinking skills in work with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Bachelor of Social Work majors gain valuable professional experience in their field placement. Field placement consists of spending 400 hours in a community-based agency in the final semester of the BSW curriculum. Placements are facilitated in the Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati area. However, students may also apply to participate in placements beyond the immediate geographical region.


Social Work has never been in greater demand than it is today. Employment of social workers is expected to increase much faster than all other occupations through 2016 (BLS, 2008).

There are a wide variety of jobs for social workers, such as school social work, hospitals, aging, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and family services. A career in social work is one with great job mobility and opportunities.  A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares graduates for licensure and a Master of Social degree (MSW), increasing employment and salary opportunities.


Our NKU Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • National students deadline for fall: 15 September
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Professional Interactional Skills
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment I: Infancy to Adolescence
  • Social Work Practice I: The Generalist Model
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment II: Adulthood and Aging
  • Social Work Practice II: Families and Groups
  • Social Work Research
  • Social Work Practice III: Community Organization

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

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General Requirements

  • All undergraduate students can complete NKU's Online Application to begin the process of applying to NKU. 
  • $40 application fee
  • Submit passport photocopy
  • Official Transcripts
  • Proof of English Fluency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9936 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    19872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9936 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9912 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4956 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Highland Heights

  • 900 - 1400 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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