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Social Work, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Bend, IN, United States
If serving others is your passion, Social Work is the perfect route for you. Saint Mary's College students in the social work program learn about the multifaceted influences on human life and action, as well as how to analyze social issues and cultural systems. 
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Working with the field practicum coordinator, you learn more about yourself, your interests, and your skills, enabling you to better focus your career objectives. Regional field placements are made over the course of two semesters in your senior year. 

The Social Work program offered by Saint Mary's College prepares you for employment in social work practice, and provides you with the opportunity for advanced placement in Master of Social Work (MSW) programs, as well as access to licensure in the state where you wish to practice. In your senior year you demonstrate your understanding of the subject and competency with the senior comprehensive portfolio.

Your work as a professional social worker is enhanced by your ability to communicate effectively and to analyze social issues through a critical and comparative perspective. To fulfill the College’s advanced writing proficiency requirement, you are evaluated through materials presented during your senior year.

At Saint Mary’s you will work with a field placement coordinator to help determine where you will serve in the community. Together, you’ll discuss your interests and passions, where you can learn the most, and what type of social work is most exciting to you. Do you want to work in a school, with the homeless, in the medical or mental health setting? These are the questions that will guide you to the perfect fit and prepare you for your career trajectory. Students complete over 480 hours of field work, and the coordinator will work with you to ensure it is the best fit. 

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: 

  • Intro to Social Work 
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 
  • Social Welfare Policy and Service 
  • Working with Diverse Populations 
  • Social Work Research Methods and Statistical Concepts I

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.

General Requirements

  • academic accomplishments as evidenced by rigor of coursework, grades, grade trends
  • self-reported SAT or ACT scores (unless you plan to apply Test Optional). We'll accept your self-reported scores off the application for admission and scholarship consideration, but in order for you to ultimately enroll at Saint Mary's, you will be required to submit your official test scores. So, report them accurately!
  • extracurricular activities
  • community service and leadership experience
  • personal essay
  • recommendations from counselors, teachers, coaches and other personal acquaintances

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 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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