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BA in Social Work

Earn real-world experience and prepare for a professional social work career in a variety of settings, including clinical research, community outreach and nonprofit or government organizations.

Social Work Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work helps you build your knowledge of social, political and cultural change and your skills in organizational dynamics and technological processes to help you best serve diverse communities.

As a student, you will:

  • Hone your skills through 400 supervised on-site field practice hours. 
  • Prepare for a position in child and family social work, gerontology, mental health care, probation/correctional treatment, social and community service, or substance abuse treatment.
  • Learn to have a positive impact on the lives of others through the career of your choice.


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    University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


    University of Massachusetts Global's Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

    All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. This form is used to assist the COA in the evaluation of the program's compliance with the accreditation standards below:

    4.0.2: The program provides summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of its competencies, identifying the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.
    4.0.4: The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS 4 (M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely updates (minimally every 2 years) these postings. 

    Education at Brandman* is a treasure waiting for people to partake. There’s nothing more effective than getting an education in a field you’re interested in and passionate about.
    Bill K. | Master in Social Work
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    I would recommend Brandman* for a quality education to anyone. I know the faculty is absolutely committed to a quality education. They’ll make sure that you’ll get what you’re coming there for, the knowledge you need.
    James M. | MA Organizational Leadership
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    The distinguished faculty at Brandman* and their dedication to their students as well as the administration have made it possible for us students to overcome the challenges we faced and helped us bring our educational goals to fruition.
    Maribel L. | B.A. Legal Studies
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this bachelor's program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent
    • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended

    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

    Transfer Credits

    UMass Global offers several options to help you earn the 12 credits required to enter into a bachelor’s program.

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    Program Curriculum

    • Bachelor degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 semester units which include a combination of General Education requirements and program specific requirements. In the absence of sufficient transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the 120 total units for the degree which a UMass Global Academic Advisor will help you evaluate.


      Basic Skills 12
      ENGU103 Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric 3
      ENGU 104 Written Communication II: Writing About Literature 3
      Quantitative reasoning 3
      Oral communication 3
      Breadth Requirements 24
      Humanities Select from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 9
      Natural Sciences Select 6 credits 6
      Social Sciences Select from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology 9
      Liberal Education Foundations 6
      LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
      LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations 3
      Total Credits 42
    • SOWK 300 Social Work Foundations


      SOWK 302 Interview and Assessment Skills in Social Work


      SOWK 303 Diversity and Justice in a Global Society


      SOWK 304 Social Welfare


      SOWK 306 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence


      SOWK 307 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Adulthood & Aging


      SOWK 309 Introduction to Social Work Research


      SOWK 418 Social Policy


      SOWK 421 Social Work Practice: Individuals and Families


      SOWK 422 Social Work Practice: Groups


      SOWK 423 Social Work Practice: Organizations and Communities


      SOWK 493 Social Work Practicum Seminar I *


      SOWK 494 Social Work Practicum Seminar II *


      SOWK 495 Social Work Practicum Seminar III *


      Social Work Core Subtotal


      *If a student does not complete the required 400 practicum hours during the SOWK 493, 494, 495 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required SOWK 497 Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student completes the total required hours and receives a P in the SOWK 493, 494, 495 courses. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in SOWK 493, 494, 495, or 497.


    • Select two from the following:


      CJCU 416
       Domestic Violence


      CJCU 418
       Victim Advocacy


      SOWK 391
       Youth At Risk


      SOWK 393
       Child Abuse


      SOWK 405
       Military Social Work


      SOWK 408
       International Social Work


      SOWK 445
       Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Social Work


      SOWK 482
       Social Work with Older Adults


      Social Work Electives Subtotal


      Total Credits


    • Minor Core


      SOWK 300 Social Work Foundations


      SOWK 302 Interview and Assessment Skills in Social Work


      SOWK 303 Diversity and Justice in a Global Society


      SOWK 304 Social Welfare


      Minor Core Subtotal


      Minor Electives ( 6 credits. All credits must be upper division)


      Any two courses from the social work major core requirements or social work electives


      Minor Electives Subtotal


      Total Credits


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