BSW Online Program

Wayne State University offers a fully accredited online BSW program. Where Online Works (WOW) provides an alternative for full-time students who need a flexible schedule of classes to earn their BSW degree. The course schedule and content follow the same sequence of classes and semesters as the full-time face-to-face program. The 460-hour, two-semester internship cannot be completed online.


  • The BSW WOW Program application deadline has been EXTENDED until June 1.

The online experience

Online learning accommodates students who may have work or family commitments that interfere with a traditional on-campus experience. Other key benefits of the WOW program:

  1. All classes required for the BSW degree are taught online, using the Canvas educational platform.
  2. The same experienced instructors who teach in the classroom also teach in the WOW program. Online tools such as discussion boards, video lectures, social media and other tools available through Canvas make it possible for students to complete all the same assignments, activities and other requirements that students experience in the traditional classroom.
  3. Students have more control over their learning process than in a traditional classroom, offering more flexibility for students who can't easily adhere to set meeting days and times due to family or work responsibilities.
  4. Student support is available through the School of Social Work advisors. Online mentoring, writing support, tutoring, and opportunities for face to face activities with peers are just some of the ways online students can access the support they need.

Factors to consider

Online learning is not for everyone, and you need to have a thorough understanding of what will be expected of you. Here are some important factors to consider:

  1. Students need easy and frequent access to a computer with a microphone and a camera and a high-speed, secure connection to the internet. All communication and coursework take place through the course website, and many assignments and class activities require working in online groups.
  2. Online learning requires students to be more disciplined and self-directed than students in traditional classes. Students must have excellent time management skills and pay careful attention to deadlines.
  3. Students are responsible for keeping up with class topics and turning in assignments. While many online classes involve group projects and students often form virtual study groups, much of your study, readings, lecture and assignments will be done on your own.
  4. Online students may feel isolated from their peers, the instructor, and the School of Social Work. This can cause a high level of frustration and anxiety when students are working on assignments or trying to understand course concepts.  Students must be prepared to reach out for assistance when necessary.
  5. Online students need to be extremely comfortable with computer technology and be willing to learn and experiment with unfamiliar technologies that are required in a particular class.

Before applying to the WOW program, take some time to think about yourself as a learner and carefully examine whether your characteristics will help or hinder your success in the WOW program. 


Junior Year - Fall Term 1 Junior Year - Winter Term 2
*SW 3010 (4) SW 3020 (3)
SW 3030 (2) SW 3810 (3)
SW 3510 (3) SW 3410 (3)
SW 3710 (3) SW 3110 (3)
  Elective (3)
12 credit hours 15 credit hours
Senior Year - Fall Term 3 Senior Year - Winter Term 4
SW 4010 (3) SW 4020 (3)
SW 4710 (3) SW 4997 (3)
SW 4810 (3) SW 4998 (5)
SW 4998 (5) SW 4442 (1)
SW 4441 (1) Elective (3)
15 credit hours 15 credit hours

*SW 3010 (4) has a service learning component

60 minimal completed credits for program admission + 51 SW credits + 9 WSU electives = 120

Field education

While all WOW students take all their required courses online, the 460-hour, two-semester internship cannot be completed online. The field experience requires students in their senior year to be placed in an organization working with clients so that they can develop the skills to apply their classroom learning to actual real life social work experiences. Placements All students accepted to the WOW program must be able to adjust their schedules to accommodate their internship in the field in their senior year.

Admission process

To apply to the WOW! Program, you will need the following:

  1. Earned minimum 2.50 grade-point average
  2. At least 60 college-level credits completed (or be in progress of completing and must be transferrable to Wayne State if taken elsewhere) and completed (or be in progress of completing) pre-professional coursework. 
  3. Regular access to an updated computer system and related software necessary for successful completion of college-level online courses.
  4. Completion of an online assessment to determine your readiness for online learning. 


Geoffrey Jones, LLMSW
Academic Services Officer II

Norma Love-Schropshire, DSW, LMSW
BSW Director and Lecturer