Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Behavioral Science; Social Work
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Program

Four year degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Social Work bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary prepares students for generalist professional social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The Social Work degree also prepares students to continue professional education and training in graduate school, as well as for leadership roles in the community. Successful completion of the Social Work program qualifies students to take the social work license exam.

The undergraduate Social Work program is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Social Work Degree Program Highlights

Earn your bachelor’s degree in social work in an accredited program at one of the most affordable private universities in the nation. With a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine, values, the Social Work bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary promotes critical and independent thought, leadership, and service to others:

  • Gain real-world experience in the field of social work through supervised field experiences in human service settings.
  • Participate in an educational leadership conference and the Emerging Leaders Academy, a four-year program in educational leadership.
  • Develop leadership, decision-making, and ethical skills in a bachelor’s degree program grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.
  • Work in small classes with world-class faculty who bring professional social work experience to the classroom.

I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the social work program. The professors have been exceptional and a huge part of my educational experience. I think the values that were instilled in me will be carried with me throughout the rest of my personal and care life. "

Nicole Carew, Social Work 

I think the University of Mary has helped me to develop into a more holistic person, and has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to become a professional social worker who will greatly impact lives. "

Keyona Pratt, Social Work

The Social Work Bachelor of Science program covers a wide range of subject areas and includes courses in psychology, anthropology, social welfare policies, human behavior, and more.

BIO 101; MAT 204; PHI 201; PSY 201, 207, 406; ANT 171, EDU 367, 390; SOC 404; POL 101; SWK 201, 309, 311, 312, 318, 319, 330, 350, 413, 417, 418, 419, 431, 432, ALU 499.02; and four semester credits selected with the guidance of the advisor.

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Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


In 2015, 100% of all social work graduates passed their licensure exam.

Program Advisors: Heidi Nieuwsma, LCSW
Director of Field Education: Katie Krukenberg, LCSW 

For more information about the Social Work bachelor’s degree program, please contact University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

If you are considering a bachelor’s degree in social work, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: