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Social Work, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, IL, | Online
If you are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and to making your community a better place, then you belong in the USF Social Work program. University of St Francis’s programs are designed for those who wish to make a career out of helping people improve their lives and reach their highest potential. 


Is helping people your calling?

Our faculty members help students develop skills that will give them the competency they need to be marketable and to make a difference in today’s multicultural world.

Why USF?

Many of University of St Francis’s students say they enjoy USF’s program because it allows them to interact and learn from a diverse student body and faculty. Social Work knowledge and practice skills are taught in the classroom and through real-world experiences. Social work students are trained in assessment, interviewing, intake/referral, service planning, case management, crisis intervention, service provision, problem solving, program evaluation, community outreach, advocacy, research and networking.

In addition, social workers learn strong interviewing skills that allow them to communicate with a client, understanding their needs and personal strengths and the resources they bring to address current issues. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills through videotaped sessions of mock scenarios drawn from real life social work situations and through observations and internships.

The BSW program prepares students to become generalist social workers who commit to improve socio-economic justice and the quality of well-being of at-risk individuals, families, groups and communities through education, service and leadership. 

BSW program graduates are prepared to enhance the quality of life of those they serve through alleviating poverty, oppression and discrimination and improving social, economic and political justice in the multicultural communities in which we live.

Excellence in Social Work Education

In addition to accreditation, you’ll get an education with great value. Just recently, considering several factors, Social Work Degree Guide published a list of 35 Christian universities with the best value: “35 Best Value Christian Colleges with CSWE-accredited Programs 2015.” USF’s social work program ranked 5th among 150 competing universities.

To keep faculty members relevant and competitive, the University of St. Francis Social Work Department is a proud member of the following professional social work organizations:

  • Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD)
  • Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Illinois Association of Deans and Directors (IADD)
  • National Association of Deans and Directors of Graduate Social Work Education (NADD)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NAWW)
  • National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW)


USF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This accreditation means that USF is committed to excellence in education and student success. In assessing its program, USF completed a BSW self-study identifying ways in which it meets or exceeds CSWE accreditation standards.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Human aenavior and the Social Environment I
  • Human aenavior and the Social Environment II
  • Social Policy I
  • Social Policy II
  • Women in Contemporary Society
  • Social Work Research
  • Social Work Practice I
  • Social Work Practice II
  • Social Work Practice Ill
  • Social Work in a Pluralistic Society
  • Field Instruction & Seminar I
  • Field Instruction & Seminar II

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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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Academic Requirements

Students interested in social work as a career are encouraged to enroll in Introduction to Social Work and to continuously explore and evaluate their interest in social work profession.

Students may declare a Social Work major in their freshman or sophomore years, but must complete the following requirements to be officially admitted to the program.

To apply for admission, submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges previously attended
  • Apply for admission online
  • No application fee
  • A personal Academic Degree Plan (ADP) will be done for you to determine what courses you need to complete the degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Joliet

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


USF’s Social Work program offers scholarships named in honor these beloved faculty members and well-respected social work professionals. Their memories live on through the numerous students who have received Christine Poole Ponquinette and James P. McCabe scholarships, both of which are awarded annually to students majoring in Social Work and based on financial need and ability to present oneself in an interview. 

The McCabe scholarship is available for undergraduate students, while the Ponquinette scholarship is designated for graduate students. USF also offers a variety of scholarships, grants and aid programs designed to help students achieve their degrees.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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