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Social Work, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Consider Calvin University's bachelor of Social Work (BSW), a program that will prepare you to help others discover their God-given strengths and resources to improve their life situations. Calvin's accredited BSW program combines courses in the liberal arts with a community field education experience and social work courses.
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Overview

Our BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) promotes academic excellence in BSW and Master of Social Work (MSW) education. The EPAS specifies the curricular content and educational context to prepare you for professional social work practice. Our program is a competency-based education which uses an outcome performance approach to curriculum design. Assessment is an integral part of this competency-based education. 

The mission of the  Social Work program of Calvin College is to prepare you for competent and effective entry-level generalist practice in social work within the context of a Christian Reformed, liberal arts education. 

Key facts:

Our goals:

  • To prepare students for competent and effective entry-level, generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • To promote and develop in students an understanding of social work knowledge, values, and skills with a strengths perspective emphasis.
  • To prepare students for professional practice within the context of a Christian Reformed, liberal arts perspective—particularly its emphasis on the pursuit of interpersonal, social, and economic justice with diverse persons.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    National: Aug 15

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Social work is a dynamic and expanding profession that struggles with social concerns as varied as child abuse, drug addiction, housing and homelessness, aging and mental illness.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.83

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.83 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

To apply to Calvin, please submit the following:

  • Calvin University Application OR The Common Application
  • High school transcript – submitted by your guidance counselor through the application.
  • Official college/university transcripts – if you’ve done any college or university course work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    37600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Grand Rapids

  • 990 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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