Program Overview

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin social work practice with the online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) adult degree completion program from Aurora University. You’ll be prepared to work with communities, groups, families and individuals in a variety of settings as well as with diverse populations and problems. Graduates with the BSW degree are eligible to take the Illinois State Social Work license exam (LSW) after completing two years of work experience and to apply for advanced standing in the Aurora University MSW program.

Instructors in this program use open education resources (OER) in place of traditional textbooks for some courses. This means digital, openly licensed content is available free of charge to students.

Begin your journey today with our CSWE-accredited social work program.

The adult degree completion program in social work is also offered at the AU Woodstock Center.

Curriculum Overview

Aurora University’s online BSW provides you with a broad academic background and field instruction in social work. Each class is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience.

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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:October 21, 2019
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:120 (40 in major)
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$425

General Education Required Courses for Admission

  • PSC1300 Introduction to US Government – 4 hours
  • PSY1100 General Psychology – 4 hours
  • SOC1100 Principles of Sociology – 4 hours

Core Courses

  • SWK2500 Survey of Social Work – 4 hours
  • SWK3140 Social Work with Groups – 4 hours
  • SWK3150 Social Welfare: Institutions and Policies – 4 hours
  • SWK3210 Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Infancy to Adolescence – 4 hours
  • SWK4010 Social Work with Communities and Organizations – 4 hours
  • SWK4110 Individuals and Families – 4 hours
  • SWK4120 Integrative Seminar in Social Work – 4 hours
  • SWK4200 Social Work Research I – 4 hours

Field Instruction Courses

  • SWK4210 Field Instruction I – 4 hours
  • SWK4220 Field Instruction II – 4 hours

Course details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.

  • Two (2) years demonstrated work experience, military service or other relevant adult responsibilities
  • 15 semester hours of transferable college or university credit from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale*
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all previously attended colleges and/or universities
  • Proof of HS completion or an earned AS, AA, or AAS degree.

*Individual circumstances may be reviewed by your enrollment counselor.

Students admitted to Aurora University are also required to apply to the School of Social Work and meet the following requirements.

  • A grade-point average of 2.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
  • 60 semester hours of general education coursework
  • Completion of these prerequisite courses or an equivalent transfer course: U.S. Government; General Psychology; and Principles of Sociology
  • Career goals consistent with the BSW program’s philosophy and curriculum.
  • Commitment to high standards of personal and professional conduct, as reflected in the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Completed BSW application and Statement of Purpose.

Students can transfer more than half the credits they need to successfully earn a four-year degree. Aurora University will accept up to 68 credits from a 2 year institution and 90 credits from a 4 year institution.

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Online BSW Career Outcomes

  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Case Management Aide
  • Child, Family and School Social Worker
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Health Care Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker

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