Social Work Bachelor's Degree (BSW)

Social Work Bachelor's Degree (BSW)

Social Work at Messiah College 

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at Messiah College, a top-ranked Christian college, is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). As a graduate of the social work degree program at Messiah College, you qualify for advanced standing status in an accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program, meaning you can go on to earn your MSW in just one year. Messiah College’s unique approach to the BSW degree intentionally integrates Christian faith formation and extensive field education, effectively preparing you to become a competent and skilled professional social worker.

Social work major distinctives
Career options for social work majors
Internship opportunities for social work majors

Our accredited degree program gives you hands-on experience working with human services agencies, and helping those in social, emotional or economic need. Our social work students often connect with each other through a common theme—they are passionate about social justice and enhancing the well-being of others. Throughout the social work program, you actively integrate your Christian faith with the field of social work and are challenged to explore how your faith influences your practice of social work.

Classroom learning and practical experience as a social worker

The BSW degree program balances classroom learning with practical experience. You finish the major with a minimum of experience with three social service agencies. We place a strong emphasis on field education. In your senior year, you complete 450 hours of social work practice. Our goal for you is to develop as a social worker who can engage the world and facilitate change through enhancing community and actively participating in issues to address social and economic justice in rural, urban and international settings. 

Job or MSW degree preparation

And as a graduate of Messiah’s social work degree, you’ll be prepared for a variety of entry-level jobs in the social work profession. Or maybe you’d like to further your studies at graduate school - a path many of our graduates pursue – and you’ll be well prepared for that next step. Visit our FAQ’s for more info.


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Students in the social work program take a selection of courses that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.
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