Social Work Adult Bachelor's Completion Program

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  • Students are considered full-time
  • Financial aid is available for eligible students.
  • Hybrid courses (Both in class/online) are integrated into the program allowing adults less in class time and more flexibility.
  • Social work courses are scheduled in Fall and Spring semesters, summers can be used to fulfill other degree completion requirements
  • Saves adult students both time and money


Students applying to the BS in Social Work Degree Completion Program must have 60 undergraduate credits applicable to the total degree. Those applying must submit:

  • A completed undergraduate application form
  • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate college-level work
  • Personal interview with Director of the Social Work Program
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50.00
  • MMR Immunization documentation
  • Intro to Sociology and Intro to Social Work needs to be transferred to Marist or taken prior to starting classes at Marist.

SOCIAL WORK at Marist College

Building on over 20 years of experience in Social Work education this program is delivered in an alternative format for the adult student who cannot attend the regular program. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education the graduates of this program are prepared for entry level social work practice and/or graduate school.

The program emphasizes:

  • A sociological perspective for understanding human problems
  • The development of self-awareness
  • Personal and professional values
  • Preparation for generalist social work practice and/or graduate study, specifically the MSW


Social workers are committed to improving the human condition by maximizing human potential and the quality of the social environment. Social workers advocate for social justice and serve oppressed populations and society's most vulnerable people. BSW education prepares graduates in generalist social work practice methods to serve individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities with a range of problems. Agencies that provide services to those dealing with problems in social functioning, substance abuse, mental health issues, domestic violence, child protection, aging and health concerns, school, employment, and legal issues are among the settings where social workers practice.


Social Work education is built on a broad liberal arts foundation that is generally completed through the 60 credits students transfer in as they enter the program. In the second 60 credits students will focus on the following content areas:

  • Ethics
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Social Policy
  • Research
  • Practice theories and methods
  • Related content from liberal arts and specifically from Biology, Political Science, Economics and Psychology


Coursework is enhanced by applied experiences in the field culminating in a 500-hour internship under professional social work supervision. The rich array of regional human service agencies provide students with a range of flexible and challenging field education opportunities.