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Social Work, BSW

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
The Social Work program at Salem State University will prepare you to enter the field with a range of skills that will allow you to practice with a variety of populations and across various social problems.
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 You will be challenged to excel in the profession by serving as catalyst for social change. Central to the mission of the program is to ground you in the values and ethics of the profession and in the fundamentals of social and economic justice, non-discrimination, and cultural sensitivity. The BSW program is committed to both academic rigor and to providing support for students who might otherwise struggle to complete a baccalaureate degree by building on their strengths. We welcome a diverse student body and foster an atmosphere of openness, collegiality and respect between students and faculty. Day and evening program options are available. Our program also offers the option of earning a minor in social work.

Students are typically admitted into the Social Work evening program either as transfer student or as a change of major.

A first-time transfer student applies through the undergraduate admissions office by completing an online application and submitting all required documents. Learn more at

Students who already attend the university may elect to change his/her majors. If you would like to change your major, please go to academic advising to obtain a change of major form to complete and bring to the BSW department chairperson.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Profession of Social Work
  • Social Welfare Past and Present
  • Social Services Volunteer Practicum
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • Understanding Diversity and Cultural Competence in Human Services
  • Generalist Practice I
  • Generalist Practice II
  • Human Behavior & the Social Environment II
  • Social Work Research Methods I
  • Social Work Research Methods II
  • Field Education I

For more information please visit the program website.

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.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 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.


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