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Social Work Major (Bachelor of Social Work)

Have you always wanted to help others? One of the best ways to do that is through social work, a field devoted to helping individuals, families, groups and organizations function the best they can in their environments. The focus on environments sets social work apart from similar professions.

With a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Creighton, you’re ready for a rewarding career. You’ll be prepared to make ethical decisions, work with individuals and groups and become a leader in social service.

If you’re an advocate for social justice, want to make a difference and believe people can grow and change, then social work at Creighton is the right major for you.

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Program Details

According to Newsweek magazine, the demand for social work skills places the profession among the top 20 occupations over the past few years. Career options with a BSW are as varied as career, marriage, drug rehabilitation and adoption counseling; casework with older adults, child welfare, foster care and family services; and many other human services professions.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of social workers is projected to grow 12% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

Some of the employers recent social work majors have gone on to include:

  • Creighton University
  • Rosto de Cristo
  • Lasting Hope Recovery Center
  • YWCA
  • Child Saving Institute
  • The Ambassador Hospital

Practicum is a required part of the degree. Students complete 40 hours of pre-practicum and 420 hours of practicum as seniors.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University's Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. There is a variety of scholarships and financial aid opportunities available for Creighton data science students aimed at making your degree attainable. Explore scholarships.

Required Information for Consumers

janeth Arvizu Rivera
“I love that this program encourages us to have those hard conversations about the issues prevalent in society today. Students, with the guidance of the faculty, learn how to practice ‘meeting people where they are’ and the importance of empowerment.”
— Janeth Arvizu Rivera, Social Work major
Brittney Long
“Social work has taught me how to truly care for the whole person. I feel lucky to be surrounded by faculty and peers who support and challenge me to be the best version of myself, and am blessed to be entering the social work field with a Creighton education.”
— Brittney Long, Social Work and Criminal Justice major
Ally Phan
“I received invaluable, individualized guidance and support from the faculty. The curriculum and practicum trained me to become accountable and compassionate for others and myself. If it weren’t for social work, I would not have made it to law school.”
— Ally Phan, Social Work major

Creighton University Student Organization of Social Workers (CUSOSW) is a student organization designed to educate others about the profession of social work. We see ourselves as committed to the dignity, worth and value of all human beings, regardless of social class, race, color, creed, gender or age. We uphold social work values and carry this awareness throughout the University and community.

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