Social Sciences

Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Improving lives is all in a day's work.

You know the potential of people. You envision what they can do, and what they might become. You care deeply about human rights, and social justice. And you understand that everybody needs someone in their corner.

A career in social work can let you do what you were born to do. Whether it’s helping individuals, families, or entire communities, you’ll be directly involved with facilitating well-being, growth, education, and real change in the lives of the most vulnerable populations who often can’t do it alone.  

Lesley University has a long tradition of preparing people just like you for professions in fields of practice such as child and family welfare, substance abuse, health and wellness, mental health, developmental disabilities, and homelessness. You'll join a large network of alumni who've been doing transformative work for years across Massachusetts, New England, and the country.

Lesley’s BSW program integrates our well-known strengths in helping professions, education, the arts and liberal arts into the professional curriculum. With a required 510-hour internship program (including 400 hours during senior year), you’ll graduate with the experience needed to step into a generalist position and make your impact felt. You'll experience first-hand the relationships between human behavior and the social environment, while understanding how to facilitate change for individuals, families, organizations and communities manage and learn from life's complex challenges. 

Lesley also offers a wide selection of electives, minors, and certificates (psychology, non-profit management, Spanish, and Child Homelessness to name a few) that will allow you to stand out and gain a competitive edge when going for the job you want after you graduate.

Gain Skills and Expertise
A BSW from Lesley will prepare you to:

Colleen Shannon stands in a room at the Children's Place.

A Light in the Dark

Social worker Colleen Shannon '04, recipient of the Emerging Leadership Award from the National Association of Social Workers, gives grieving children a healthy way to heal.

70%
faster job growth.
In Massachusetts, jobs associated with a BSW grew 70% faster from 2011-2016 than the average of all jobs requiring bachelor's degrees, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand for social workers is projected to continue growing over the next decade.
Careers
Fields of Practice
There's a wide variety of industries and organizations that have real (and growing) needs for social workers.
Careers
Organizations Where You Could Work
The Boston/Cambridge area may be the best in the country for social work opportunities, in terms of both internships and jobs. Here are just a few places you could work.

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Social Work
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Services Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you’re eligible to receive.
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

First-year freshman students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you’re eligible to receive.
Presidential or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Community College Scholarship or Lesley Grant
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Transfer students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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