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The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is a professional degree which prepares graduates for generalist professional practice and/or the opportunity to be admitted to a Master of Social Work (MSW) program with advanced standing within appropriate advanced standing GPA guidelines.

The foundation curriculum consists of 12 core competencies that are required in every BSW program:

  1. Values and Ethics

  2. Professionalism

  3. Diversity and Differences

  4. Human Rights and Social Economic Justice

  5. Human Behavior and the Social Environment

  6. Social Welfare Policy and Services

  7. Social Work Practice

  8. Research

  9. Critical Thinking

  10. Contextualization

  11. Global World View

  12. Christian Perspective

Throughout the curriculum, the program integrates concepts of professional ethics and values, critical thinking, sensitivity to diversity, oppression, social and economic justice, and populations-at-risk. Field education is an integral component of the program.

BSW students are able to receive a Child Welfare Certificate after completion of the requirements.  Requirements include completing SOWK 410 Children and Families at Risk, SOWK 440 Assessment and Treatment of Victims of Violence, they would also complete an elective course relevant to child welfare practice.  Students must complete their 400 hour internship in a Department of Human Services Child Welfare area such as Child Protective Services or Foster Care.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the BSW program will:

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.

  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.

  • Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.

  • Engage in policy practice.

  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

  • Assess and Plan with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

  • Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

  • Evaluate Practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

  • Demonstrate a Christian social work perspective.

Student Learning Octcomes


The Social Work Department of Andrews University offers Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). A social work degree awarded in USA that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is recognized by the Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board for registration.  

Top National Social Work Ranking

Our Social Work Program is ranked number 11 out of 150 Christian social work programs in the nation.

100% Employment and Licensure Pass Rate

Over the past five years, 100% of both BSW and MSW graduates from our School of Social Work who searched for a social work job, found a job and/or passed their state licensure exam.


1+3 Social Work

Under the 1+3 degree program, students who choose Social Work as a major will spend the first year of study in Hong Kong campus-Hong Kong Adventist College, and proceed to the U.S. campus to complete the final 3 years of study. While studying in the U.S. campus, students are eligible for a tuition scholarship of US$14,000 (approximately 50% of the regular tuition fee) each year. 


Step 1: First 2 years study

Prospective students enter the Social Work program upon acceptance to Andrews University. Students will study one year in Hong Kong Campus and one year in U.S. campus. Students must fulfil the Prerequisites include the following courses before applying to the professional program at the end of the second year.  –

Pre-requisite Courses:

  • SOWK 100 - Introduction to Social Work Credits: 3

  • SOWK 101 - Orientation to Human Services Credits: 2 *

  • SOWK 315 - Values, Ethics and Diversity Credits: 2

  • SOWK 320 - Introduction to Counseling Skills Credits: 3

  • SOWK 325 - Social Welfare Institutions and Services Credits: 3

These courses can be obtained during the second year in Andrews University.


Step 2: The final 2 years in the U.S. 

To transition into the professional program, students need to successful completion of all prerequisite courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and receive grades of C- or better in all required program prerequisite and cognate courses.

English Language Requirement

For those applicants whose native language is not English, the following is required:

1. Demonstration of English proficiency by obtaining at least a minimum score on any one of the following exams. Exam must be taken within two years prior to enrollment.

TOEFL iBT (internet-based) - 80 with a minimum of 20 on each section

IELTS (Academic version) - 6.5

2. Nelson Denny - score of 13.

3. Personal interview with BSW program director or designee.

Applicants who fail to meet any of the above may be admitted only after committee consideration of the specific circumstances. Additional course work in English may be required.

A student who graduated from a four-year English-speaking high school, college or university may be exempted from all or parts of the above requirements.

Field Practicum

Students are required to complete a 400-hour field placement in a local human-service agency. The practicum is normally completed during the student’s senior year. Prerequisites include the following courses (which must be completed with a grade of C- or above): SOWK 331SOWK 332SOWK 350 and SOWK 402, and a human biology course. Students may be dropped from the program or be required to complete additional practicum hours for the following reasons:


  • Inability to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and professional responsibilities required of a baccalaureate-level social work intern

  • Clear violation of the NASW Code of Ethics


The BSW program consist of 124 credits which included 44 major credits, 22+ cognates credits, 58 Andrews core experiment and elective credits. Majors and cognates credits are listed as below;

Major - 44

Cognates - 22+

Bachelor Courses
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