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Social Work, B.S.W

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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At a Glance

  • Emphasis on experiential learning with student-selected internship placement
  • Only BSW program in the State of Delaware
  • Nationally ranked by US News and World Report
  • Opportunities for faculty-student collaboration,
  • Graduates will be eligible for advanced standing, shortening the path to an MSW
  • We work with community college students who have associate degrees that are similar to social work through our connected degree program.
  • Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for their license, if needed, as required by their home states

The Baccalaureate Social Work Program was granted full accreditation status by the national professional accrediting agency, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), in 1982 and Reaffirmation of Accredited Status in 1990 and 1998. Currently, the BSW Program’s Reaffirmation of Accredited status continues through 2020.

The curriculum of the Social Work program of Delaware State University is designed to fulfill the program’s Mission, which is to prepare baccalaureate students for generalist practice at the entry level of the profession. Upon graduating from the BSW program at Delaware State University, students are prepared to demonstrate the knowledge, values and skills integrated in the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) competencies and behaviors when working in diverse practice settings with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The BSW curriculum is grounded in the Department of Social Work’s five underpinnings.

Students are provided individual advisement by the social work faculty from time of contact through graduation. All care is taken to ensure that student career goals and objectives are in congruence with the objectives of the social work program and the profession. No credit is given for prior field of life experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in student organizations of the department and University and with affiliated professional organizations.

The Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Delaware State University prepares individuals to become professional social workers. The social work profession values integrity, service, human relationships, dignity and worth of the person and justice. We are a nationally accredited program through the Council of Social Work Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    International students should apply no later than 90 days prior to the Fall and Spring semesters.

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Welfare P&P
  • Seminar in Helping
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Issues in Social Services Delivery

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 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

  • A certificate or diploma from an accredited four-year school or senior high school.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is required if English is not your native language.
  • Submit the three-section test. DSU requires test scores of 800 on the SAT (math and critical reading combined), test scores of 880 or above on the 2016 redesigned SAT, or a 17 or better composite score on the ACT.
  • Have transcripts evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and then forwarded by the evaluating organization to the Office of Admissions.
  • Submit an I-20 Application, a F-1 Student Seeking Financial Statement and an Affidavit of Support for Free Room & Board.
  • The University will also consider international applicants who have taken the General Education Development (GED) test.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8480 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8480 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7038 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3519 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dover

  • 1000 - 1500 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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