Bachelor of Social Work Program Options
BSW brings together a diverse community of students who also pursue their BSW degree in diverse ways. Some students arrive directly from high school and enroll as social work majors. Others decide to enroll for the first time, or even reapply, after some years of fulltime work at home or in the labor force. Still others, who have been studying at other colleges, transfer to Temple to finish the required courses for a BSW degree.
No matter what route students take to enroll at SSW, we recognize that successfully balancing work, family, and education is a major challenge for students today. To help meet these complex demands, SSW has created a number of program study options:
- Full-time: Students may complete the program in four years through full time attendance for eight semesters. They may also further shorten the duration of their fulltime studies by attending one or both sessions of summer school.
- Part-time: For students who need to work and/or who have family caregiving responsibilities, SSW offers a part-time BSW program that students can take up to eight years to complete. With this approach students take between one and three courses a semester and may also choose to attend summer sessions to help fulfill their BSW course requirements. Only in their Senior year, must BSW students take three concurrent courses each semester (one of which is a sixteen hour field practicum.)
- Transfer: Students admitted as transfer students are given credit, as appropriate, by the University and/or the School of Social Work for courses completed elsewhere that meet Temples´ core requirements and/or the requirements for social work majors.