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Which Bachelor’s Degrees Are a Good Foundation for a Master’s in Social Work?

If you are considering a Master of Social Work degree but have a bachelor’s in another field, don’t worry. Your undergraduate education can complement an MSW and benefit your social work career. You can build a solid foundation for a social work career with an undergraduate degree in something other than social work. The following are some examples of undergraduate majors that transition well to social work.


A master’s degree in social work generally includes psychology courses, so this degree can help you understand human behavior and motivations, as well as how to help patients tackle problems and achieve their goals.


A bachelor’s degree in education offers valuable training in child behavior, learning disabilities and group management. This degree is ideal if you want to become a school social worker.

Child Development

A background in child development can benefit child and family social workers. This type of degree offers relevant insight into how children develop mentally, emotionally and intellectually. Child and family social workers can also rely on a child development degree to create age-appropriate plans for their youngest clients.


Social work and sociology are two different disciplines, but they go hand in hand. Social workers are more hands-on and pound the pavement inside the community, while sociologists study the cultural behaviors from the outside looking in.

Social Work

A Bachelor of Social Work degree is the ideal foundation for a social work career. You will learn about diverse populations, human behavior and social welfare policy. Additionally, a BSW puts you one year closer to earning a graduate degree in your field. An online master’s degree in social work takes two years to complete full time and just one year for those with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

An Online MSW

The first year of an online master’s degree in social work program includes lessons in social work practice, history, policy, research, diversity and oppression and human behavior. The final year of the program includes 12 hours of electives and courses such as advanced direct practice, community and agency contexts for direct practice, and advanced social policy.

With an online MSW program, you can study on your own time, between work and family obligations. If you are interested in advancing your career and acquiring the skills and expertise to help others lead better, fuller lives, consider an online master’s degree program, where experienced faculty can offer you the insight you need to make a difference.

Learn more about the LSU online MSW program.


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