Social Work (BSW)

ASU's BSW program is offered on the Downtown Phoenix campus, West campus and in Tucson. 

The curriculum focuses on such roles as advocacy, referral, casework and problem-solving functions. In addition, a major thrust and identity of the program is to prepare graduates for case management positions, a strong emerging trend in Arizona and other states.

The BSW program is one of two programs in Arizona fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The school also has a continuum of education, including the master of social work and Ph.D.  Students are placed in a breadth of agency settings for their field placements.  

Please note: Students interested in completing the BSW program in Tucson are encouraged to complete a Transfer Admission Guarantee program. The Tucson location option is only available to transfer students. For admission requirements, please see

Social work practitioners are committed to the enhancement of individual, family and group problem-solving capacities and the creation of a more nurturing, just and humane social environment. The undergraduate curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Social Work. Juniors and seniors majoring in social work focus on social work courses in social policy and services, human behavior in the social environment, social work practice, research and field instruction in community agencies. In addition, majors take elective courses in related areas.

Degree Offered

Social Work (BSW)
Public Service and Community Solutions, College of

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Career Outlook

The program prepares students to be generalist social work practitioners, focusing on advocacy, referrals, case management and problem-solving functions with individuals, groups, families, organizations and the community.

Employment in social work is expected to increase commensurately with the needs of a growing and diverse population.

Social workers are employed in public and private agencies dealing with a wide variety of social issues, including:

  • adoption
  • aging
  • AIDS
  • child abuse
  • corrections
  • delinquency
  • disability
  • discrimination
  • domestic violence
  • family dysfunction
  • foster care
  • health
  • homelessness
  • mental health
  • poverty
  • school-related problems
  • substance abuse
  • teen pregnancy

Social work skills such as problem-solving, resource utilization, counseling, group work and community organization are also useful for positions with industry in employee relations and mediation.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 22.3%$39,270
Social Workers, All Other3.8%$59,100
City and Regional Planning Aides5.6%$39,460
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors8.2%$53,370
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Social Science Research Assistants5.6%$39,460
Marriage and Family Therapists 14.8%$48,040
Healthcare Social Workers 19.3%$51,930
Mental Health Counselors 19.6%$40,850
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists3.6%$49,060
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary11.6%$63,630
Religious Workers, All Other4.7%$29,620
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 17%$65,320
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary 13.9%$62,440
Child, Family, and School Social Workers6.2%$42,120
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 18.9%$41,380

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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