Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

BSW program costs are the same as University fees. Learn how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

Once in the BSW professional sequence, choose from a 1-year or split-semester program. Learn more about the BSW in-class experience.

Where to learn more?

Learn about the BSW program and speak with an academic advisor to get started. 

Why get a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Nevada, Reno?

The School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno is one of only two social work programs offered in the state of Nevada. Our goal is to elevate our students and the social work profession. Social workers are critical to the mental health of Nevadans, and we believe they deserve a seat at decision-making tables. Our BSW program will prepare you to hit the ground running in a variety of social work settings.

Our success

The Bachelor of Social Work program is one of the fastest-growing programs at the University of Nevada, Reno. The success and diversity of our student population is what sets us apart.

  • In 2020, enrollment for the BSW program was up 14.7%
  • Our BSW students have a social work licensing exam pass rate of 80%, 13% above the national average
  • We have the most racially/ethnically diverse program on campus.
  • 55% of BSW students identify as persons of color
  • Among our undergraduate population, 86% of BSW students are female.

Field education experience

The field education program is a central component of the BSW program. It contributes to the attainment of the program goals by developing, implementing, and monitoring generalist practice opportunities for students to demonstrate core social work competencies in a local agency or organization. Through this experience, you will gain an understanding and recognition of what it means to be a professional social worker.

Learn how to apply to the Bachelor of Social Work program

Students must complete silver-core requirements in addition to social work pre-requisites before applying to the Bachelor of Social Work professional sequence. Learn how to prepare for your application.

My favorite class is a tie between SW 310 Structural Oppression and SW 498 Mass Incarceration. To immerse myself in the outside world and other people's experience of our broken system made me realize how passionate I am to support people to break boundaries and chains in our system. These classes truly made me excited to learn and gave me a deeper want to learn.

Bianca Sandra, BSW in Social Work ('22)

Bianca Sandra

Careers with a degree in social work

The University of Nevada, Reno social work baccalaureate program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Financial aid is available

We're dedicated to offering affordable education to all students. Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. The School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno, offers scholarships to juniors, seniors and graduate students admitted to the social work program.

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