Frequently Asked Questions

Can I graduate in four years?

Yes. Miami’s graduation rate is among the highest in the country for major public institutions.

Our program is designed to be completed in four years when followed according to the program of study. Academic advisors will assist in your course selection and program planning. Be aware that changing your major, adding a second major or deviating from the planned program could lengthen your time for completion.

Can I combine a social work major with study abroad?

Yes. Miami is among the top 25 schools in the nation in the number of students who study abroad. Many students choose Miami’s Luxembourg campus for overseas study, but a variety of additional international opportunities exist. With early and careful planning many students are able to study abroad for a semester. Many summer options are also available.

Is it possible to complete the BSW program part time on a regional campus?

No. While many of the core social work courses are offered on the regional campuses, most of the junior year and all of senior year must be completed on the Oxford campus.

What are the job prospects for a BSW?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to an increase in demand for health care and social services but will vary by specialty.

Majoring in social work provides students with many opportunities. Social workers provide the bulk of mental health services in the US. BSW graduates are employed in family service agencies, child welfare organizations, nursing homes, criminal justice agencies, and schools to name just a few. Clients may consist of individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities.

If I have further questions is there someone I can talk to before applying?

If you want more information about social work or want to discuss your application, please make an appointment to talk with a social work advisor by calling the Social Work Program Office, 513-529-3314. You may also email your questions to