Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work


100% Online

Learn From Anywhere

120 Credit Hours

to Graduate

Up To 90 Hours

Transfer Credit
Cost per Hour


Per Credit Hour

Help Others and Positively Impact Your Community

EKU’s 100% online bachelor of social work (BSW) provides students with a strong academic foundation to become ethical leaders who advocate for social and economic justice. This versatile degree opens the door to a variety of career options and builds the critical skills needed to help you advance in the field. EKU’s social work program is real-world focused, providing the opportunity to fulfill your passion for helping others and make a positive impact in your community. 

Career Outlook

Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where Have EKU Social Work Graduates Worked?

Social workers operate within a wide range of industries and perform a variety of job functions.

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Employers Include:

  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Onefifteen Living via RI International
  • Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Program
  • Blue Grass Community Action Partnership
  • Wooded Glen Recovery Center

EKU Online Career Services

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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Minors & Certificates
Benefits of EKU Online

Learn essential skills for today’s work environment. EKU’s online social work curriculum prepares students for a variety of rewarding career options that will positively impact the lives of individuals and communities.

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1977
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members and their spouses
  • Personalized graduation plan
  • No campus visits required
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Expert faculty who provide interactive feedback and a collaborative approach to learning
  • Opportunities for practicum experiences to help you discover your calling and network with other professionals
Minors & Certificates

Minors & Certificates can be difficult to complete with this program.  If you wish to explore this option, please work directly with your program advisor.


Our regionally accredited online program is made up of high-quality courses and taught by experienced professors dedicated to student success. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as crisis intervention, addictions, and race and ethnic relations.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 credits are required to graduate with a bachelor degree, including 42 upper-division credits.

View the Social Work program degree requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 90 hours of credit from accredited institutions. Please note that a minimum of 30 credit hours in this degree program must be completed at Eastern Kentucky University.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

As required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards, the EKU BSW/MSW program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

SWK 310 – Social Welfare Policy History (3)
History of social welfare policy; its role and relationship with other social institutions; structure and function of U.S. system compared to other national systems; inequitable distribution of resources; and its contribution to an oppressive environment.

SWK 350 – Social Work Practice I (3)
Theoretical base for social work practice from a generalist perspective. Focuses on the social work process: problem identification; data collection and synthesis; assessment; planning and intervention; termination; and evaluation. Emphasis on multidimensional assessment and practice ethics.

 SWK 365 – Crisis Intervention (3)
This course will examine current theories pertaining to crisis intervention, assessment strategies, key public policy issues, and the treatment system. This course uses on-line discussion, presentations, and videos to facilitate learning.

SWK 440 – Addictions (3)   
This course will examine how to assess, intervene, and treat individuals, families, and groups with substance abuse and other addictions. The course will examine addictions from a strengths perspective.                                       


Laquanda Miller

Laquanda Miller

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Laquanda Miller for information about the EKU Online Social Work program.

Contact Info:

Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

The Social Work program instructors are knowledgeable and have helped me increase my practical skills for interviewing and intervention in a way that showcases cultural competence and professionalism.

Alicia WassenichEKU Online Social Work Student

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

Heath Bergmann
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