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About the Social Work Degree Program

On Campus Online

Social Work is considered a calling and a personal mission that compels ordinary individuals to make extraordinary efforts to help people from all walks of life. With a Social Work degree from the UNK, you will be prepared to join one of the fastest growing and most meaningful professions of the 21st century.

After completing the Social Work program requirements, you will be equipped with knowledge, skills, ethics and values to counsel and aid people as they strive to better their lives. Social workers are highly desired for their people-skills in business, government, non-profits and numerous other leadership positions.

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University of Nebraska (UNK) Online

Online Social Work Degree Program

As an online Social Work student at UNK, you'll receive a quality and affordable education as well as the same degree as our on-campus students. Request Info Learn More Online Curriculum

Social Work Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Social Work Comprehensive, Bachelor of Science

Minor Offered

Social Work minor available online and on-campus


Great Value

UNK is the most affordable Nebraska university and most students receive significant financial aid

Emma Luling

"I am so thankful for my department faculty at UNK. Having transferred, they were extremely communicative and supportive of me in my transition process. The Admissions staff were extremely accommodating and worked with me. UNK has allowed me to further my education that fosters me as a student with hands-on learning and experience, and I've grown socially and emotionally. I did not realize how friendly everyone was here until I started school. I truly love Kearney. UNK feels like home. "

Emma Luling

Social Work Major

What can you do with a Social Work Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Social Work graduates work for.


  • Adoption
  • Aging services and gerontology
  • Child welfare
  • Domestic violence programs and shelters
  • Family Services
  • Medical social work
  • Mental health/clinical social work
  • Private practice
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Substance abuse