Steps to Enroll - Online Bachelor of Social Work Degree | Briar Cliff University

Online BSW Program: Steps to Enroll


This is a degree completion program, and an Associate Degree in Human Services, Social Work, General Studies, or a minimum of 62 transferable credits is required for enrollment.

To see how your credits stack up, contact an advisor.

Application Steps

1. Apply for admission.
2. Request that an official copy of your high school/GED transcript. Each official college transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Admissions,
Briar Cliff University

3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student AidBriar Cliff's institution code is 001846.
4. Complete the program-specific Briar Cliff social work program application.
5. Submit your personal statement.

Your personal statement should be a 400-500 word, typed essay addressing the following three prompts below. Essays shall be double-spaced and typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font.
  • Discuss the major reasons for your interest in the Social Work profession.
  • Based upon your personal, professional, and academic experiences, discuss what you view as your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Discuss your commitment to social justice. What experiences have you had that demonstrates your ability to effectively provide services to individuals from diverse populations?

6. Submit references. Provide two (2) letters of recommendation that reflect the applicant's learning, commitment to work, learn, and follow directions, and potential to become a social worker. Letters must be submitted by current or past professors, instructors, or supervisors.

Class Size Limit

Briar Cliff is committed to excellence in online social work education. For this reason, we accept a maximum of 22 social work students per semester. Students who apply early will have priority consideration for the limited slots available.


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Class Format

Online courses

Next Start Dates

» August 2020

Tuition Cost



47 credit hours