Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in the School of Social Work at Temple’s College of Public Health prepares students for entry-level social work careers advancing social justice and working with individuals, families and communities in need. The degree program focuses on understanding human behavior using a person-in-environment perspective. As a student in the BSW degree program, you will focus on:

  • how the human mind and body work,
  • how social groups and systems function,
  • how data can be interpreted,
  • how to identify various forms of oppression, and
  • how to communicate competently with diverse populations.

Social work involves helping individuals and communities address social problems such as domestic violence, elder care abuse, recidivism, housing discrimination, homelessness, immigration issues, substance abuse and more. Social workers  connect constituents to agencies that provide behavioral healthcare, housing assistance, legal aid, medical care, training programs, and other social services and interventions.

You will develop the experience, expertise and ethics to address social problems competently and professionally. BSW graduates are trained for entry-level careers in social work practice in areas such as aging, children and families, and mental health. Many students pursue Master of Social Work (MSW) programs. A master’s degree in social work is required in order to become a licensed clinical social worker.  

What sets apart our BSW program?

  • Student and faculty diversity: Our students come from a broad range of ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and a variety of life experiences. This enriches classroom interactions, in both theory- and practice-oriented courses.
  • Real-world experience: You will learn to integrate theory and hands-on skills through field practicum courses. Students can choose from placements at more than 500 human service and social change organizations in the Philadelphia region and beyond.
  • Renowned faculty: Our nationally recognized faculty conduct research and practice in areas such as aging, children and families, disability, incarceration, LGBTQ health, mental health, and substance abuse.

Program Format

Students in the degree program complete 120 credits, including 54 credits of professional courses in social work.

See a full list of program courses.

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Academic Advising

The College of Public Health offers extensive, personalized advising services to students in each department. Our advising staff will work with you to set goals and help you reach your academic potential.

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Student Clubs and Organizations

You can engage with peers and find leadership opportunities in student-led clubs and organizations at the College of Public Health. Learn more about student clubs and organizations.

Study Away Opportunities

Become an informed, active global citizen and enrich your education by studying away. Explore Temple’s study abroad opportunities, including information about specific programs and visas, as well as resources on cultural adaptation, diversity matters, and health and safety.

Learn more about studying away.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Social Work offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full or part time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,176.00 per year

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