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Maryville University Bachelor of Social Work online

Promote social justice through advocacy and action.

About the program

  • Social justice focus: Build your modern social work foundation with an emphasis on self-care, social justice, and inclusive practice.
  • CSWE-accredited curriculum: Benefit from coursework aligned with the nine Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) competencies.
  • Experiential practicum: Blend theory and real-world training through in-class projects and 400 hours of fieldwork in or near your community.

About Maryville University 

Maryville University stands as a beacon of quality education in the field of social work. Its online Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) program, accredited by the CSWE, ensures learners gain proficiency in the nine fundamental competencies that are vital to becoming a professionally competent social worker. Maryville champions diversity, self-care, and social justice, alongside experiential learning and real-world scenarios.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Practice-based curriculum

The 128-credit curriculum program provides a comprehensive social work study, seamlessly combining theory with practical applications. As a learner, you will complete coursework that prioritizes self-care, social justice, and diversity. The program covers a range of subjects, including social work theory, ethics, research methods, statistics, and human behavior. You will also have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through experiential learning and practicum opportunities in or near your community.

Here’s a preview of some of the core courses you will take:

  • Introduction to Social Work: Professionalism and Ethics: Understand the values and ethical standards of social work practice using the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Human Behavior in Context: Social Work Theories: Explore social work theories that focus on integrating human behavior, context, and relationships within developmental and environmental perspectives.
  • Social, Economic & Environmental Justice: Advancing Human Rights: Study social justice strategies to promote human rights while examining freedoms, safety, privacy, the standard of living, healthcare, and education.
  • Cultural Competency Practice: Diversity: Examine the dimensions and intersectionality of diversity and identity, including but not limited to age, class, color, culture, disability and ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, marital status, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, and tribal sovereign status.
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Whether you are applying to a university for the first time, or you are a transfer student, you'll benefit from a comprehensive selection of undergraduate programs tailored to meet your individual needs and aspirations. No standardized test scores required. 

To be eligible for admission into the program, you will need a high school diploma or GED with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. To complete an application, you will need to submit: 

  • Simplified, no-cost online application

  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended

  • English proficiency scores (International applicants may be required to submit scores that meet a certain threshold.)

Field placements

MVU Field placements

The program’s field placement equips aspiring social workers with real-world experience to help them make a lasting impact across communities, locally and globally. You will integrate theory and practice with practical experiences, receive expert guidance from a trained field instructor, and complete 400 hours of active participation at a selected placement site in or near your community.

Field placements aren't just about fulfilling hours; they’re an opportunity for self-reflection. Through regular discussions with faculty and peers, you’ll be encouraged to critically analyze your experiences, navigate ethical considerations, and deepen your understanding of social justice and diversity.

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