2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Social Work Degrees

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These 24 colleges offer the most affordable online bachelor's in social work degrees. Wichita State University is the #1 school on the list, offering a tuition rate of $6,708 annually. Ranked #2, Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus offers a Bachelor of Social Work at a tuition rate of $7,492 annually. Classes for this program include Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Inside Family Violence, Perspectives in Mental Health, Public Child Welfare, Social Welfare Policy, Southwest Peoples and Culture, and Working with Aging Populations.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $6,708
# 2 #2 $7,492
# 3 #3 $8,400
# 4 #4 $9,960
# 5 #5 $9,989
# 6 #6 $10,140
# 7 #7 $10,492
# 8 #8 $11,100
# 9 #9 $11,700
# 10 #10 $11,880
# 11 #11 $11,895
# 12 #12 $11,970
# 13 #13 $12,000
# 14 #14 $12,120
# 15 #15 $12,270
# 16 #16 $12,750
# 17 #17 $12,768
# 18 #18 $12,780
# 19 #19 $13,230
# 20 #20 $13,330
# 21 #21 $13,600
# 22 #22 $15,231
# 23 #23 $15,270
# 24 #24 $15,810
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,708
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Example Classes: Cooperative Education; Forensic Social Work; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies; Sexual Assault Issues; Social Work & Entrepreneurship; Women and Compassion Fatigue

Wichita State University (WSU) offers an online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program with a concentration in Social Work through the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). The social work specialization does not lead to licensure in the field. The BGS degree is intended for students who have multiple academic interests and wish to customize their degree program. The 120-credit BGS program requires that students complete 94 LAS credits and 33 credits of major area requirements.

Online coursework is delivered on the Blackboard learning management platform, where students have access to readings, exercises, discussion forums, lecture videos, assignments, and quizzes. WSU offers the resident tuition rate for all online programs. Online learners have access to electronic library resources, the online writing center, technology help desk, and testing services. Online student success tools and resources are also available, including an online student development series and OneStop services, which support students in the areas of admission, financial aid, registration, advising, and Blackboard.

First-year applicants must submit an online application and official high school transcripts (or equivalent), have a minimum GPA of 2.25, and an ACT/SAT score of 21/1080, respectively. Transfer students must complete an online application and submit official transcripts with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. They must also meet all first-year student requirements.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of General Studies - Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $7,492
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes: Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Inside Family Violence; Perspectives in Mental Health; Public Child Welfare; Social Welfare Policy; Southwest Peoples and Cultures; Working with Aging Populations

Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) offers a fully-online Bachelor of Social Work program. The curriculum follows the guidelines of the Council on Social Work Education to prepare students to be ethical and effective generalist practitioners in settings, including health/mental health, child welfare, community-based organizations, and schools. The 57-credit hour program can be completed in four semesters with a full-time course load. Students must complete a field placement at an area of interest with support from faculty, field supervisors, and liaisons during their senior year.

Online classes follow a blended asynchronous and synchronous format and may require live participation. Coursework is delivered through Mediasite and Blackboard learning platforms, where students can view recorded lectures, connect with instructors, and complete assignments, readings, labs, tests, and projects. The ENMU Foundation, Enrollment Services Offices, and academic departments offer scholarships to current, incoming, and military/veteran students. Online students have access to a variety of resources, including academic advising, tutoring services, an online writing center, and the Golden Library.

Applications into the program are accepted in the fall and spring semesters. Prospective students must submit an ENMU undergraduate application, an ENMU social work program application, official transcripts with a minimum 2.5 GPA, an essay, and three references. They must also complete an entrance interview.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes: Abnormal Psychology; Addictions in Social Work; Editing for Usage, Style and Clarity; Statistics for Social Workers

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) offers an online Bachelor of Science in Social Work for Arkansas residents. The 120-credit program requires 35 credits of core courses, 50 credits of major courses, three credits of abnormal psychology and writing courses, 12 elective credits, and 18-21 credits of university requirements. The curriculum focuses on human behavior and social problems. Students develop critical thinking, assessment, and problem-solving skills. To graduate, students must complete a two-semester internship.

Online coursework is asynchronous and delivered on the Blackboard learning management platform, where students can watch video lectures, manage assignments, and communicate with instructors and peers. Online students pay standard tuition rates with no additional campus fees. Additionally, military and veteran students are eligible for reduced rates, and the application fee is waived. Students have the option to enroll in a payment plan for the fall and spring semesters. Students can also apply for UA Little Rock private scholarships. Online students have access to library resources, the university book store, military student success center, disability resource center, academic resources, and IT services.

Prospective students must first be admitted into UA Little Rock, which requires an online application (with fee), official transcripts, and ACT/SAT scores. Applications for the Bachelor of Social Work program are accepted in March, and classes being in the fall semester. Students must complete an academic advising session and prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Community Organization; History and General Method of Social Work; Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Issues and Policy

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Degree Completion)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,989
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Example Classes: Biological Bases Of Behavior; Diversity Awareness in Social Work Practice; General Practice in Macro-interventions; Generalist Practice in Mezzo-intervention; Generalist Practice in Microinterventions

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $10,140
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Example Classes: Diversity; Ethics; Profession Communications Skills; Social Policy and Planning
  • Annual Tuition: $10,492
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes: Families in America; Mental Health Perspectives in Social Work; Poverty in America; Professional Issues for Social Workers

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $11,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes: Diversity Issues in Social Work Practice; Gerontology; Is Evolution True? Your Inner Fish; Social Work Documentation and Technology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work (16wk)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Example Classes: Chemical Dependency; Ethics in Professional Helping; Human Behavior & the Social Environment; Social Welfare & Policy; Social Work Practice with Groups; Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families
  • Annual Tuition: $11,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes: Aging Services; Child Abuse and Neglect; Medical Social Work; School Social Work; Social Work in Legal Settings; Violence Across the Lifespan

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work Comprehensive
  • Annual Tuition: $11,895
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues; Human Diversity and Ethical Issues; Writing for Social Workers

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes: Addictions; Child Abuse & Interventions; Child Abuse & Neglect; Crisis Intervention; Death, Dying and Bereavement; Foster Care & Adoption; Human Rights; Marriage and Family

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Domestic Violence; Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Social Work; Military Approach to Social Work; Social Justice and Diversity; Social Work with Older Adults; Youth-at-Risk
  • Annual Tuition: $12,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes: Child Welfare; Cooperative Education; Generalist Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations; Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families; Generalist Social Work Practice with Task and Treatment Groups; Human Behavior and the Social Environment I; Orientation to Gerontology; Social Policy; Social Work & the Legal Process; Social Work Research; Substance Use and Abuse

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)
  • Annual Tuition: $12,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes: Addictions; Assessing Needs of Older Adults; Crisis Intervention; Racial and Ethnic Relations; Social Welfare Policy History; Stress Management and Self-Care

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BSW (Bachelor of Social Work)
  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes: Individuals and Families; Social Work with Communities and Organizations; Social Work with Groups

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $12,768
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes: Aging in the Media; Human Sexuality; Legislation, Policy and Administration; Lifespan Development and Behavior

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science - Social Welfare
  • Annual Tuition: $12,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I; Minority Group Relations; Social Problems; Social Research; Social Welfare Organization
  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes: Introduction to Social Work as a Profession; Practice with Culturally Diverse Populations; Social Welfare Programs and Policy; Social Work Intervention: Large Groups and Community Organization; Social Work Specialized Groups; The Influence of Sexual Factors on Behavior

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $13,330
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes: Adaptive Behavior; Developing Cultural Competence with Children and Families; Drug Pharmacology; Trauma and Resiliency

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Example Classes: Ethical Considerations in Social Work; Human Behavior in the Social Environment I; Social Issues in Diversity; Social Welfare Policy; Social Work and Aging

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $15,231
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Ethics in Social Work/Human Services; General Psychology; Macro Practice in Social Work; Micro Practice in Social Work; Writing for Social Work

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $15,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes: Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Interviewing Skills and the Helping Relationship in Social Work Practice; Understanding Diversity in a Global Society

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $15,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes: Community and Organizational Development; Field Instruction in Social Work; History of Social Welfare; Human Behavior and Social Environment; Methods of Social Research; Professional Issues in Social Work; Social Welfare Policy Analysis

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (Degree Completion)