Bachelor of Social Work



The BSW Program at Portland State University combines theory with practical, hands-on experience which prepares undergraduate students for careers in social work and related fields and for future graduate studies. Students in our BSW Program gain knowledge, values, and skills to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Our program is committed to centering critical self-reflection, racial equity, and social and economic justice, and we encourage our students to be active citizens and practitioners who embody these values.

The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). We are the only accredited BSW program in a public higher education institution in Oregon.

The program offers either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Social Work. Students can attend the program at the Portland campus, or enroll in the BSW Online program.

The BSW Program at Portland State University prepares undergraduates to become entry-level professionals who will work in a wide variety of community-based human services organizations, both public and private. Graduates work in a number areas of practice, including policy and advocacy, direct practice, research, and education. Social workers also work across a diverse array of settings, programs, and initiatives, including child welfare, mental health, healthcare, aging, substance use, immigration, corrections, juvenile justice, and anti-racism, anti-violence, and anti-poverty initiatives.

BSW Information Sessions

Thinking of applying to the BSW or BSW Online Program at Portland State? Want to learn about our Program?

Sessions will be held throughout the year. Please check the events calendar regularly as we continue to add dates and times. The times shown are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP to reserve a seat.

The information sessions will be held virtually via the Zoom video conferencing platform. A link will be provided via email to join the Zoom session 1 or 2 business days before the session. Please RSVP to be added to the list to receive the link for the session you wish to join.

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