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Bachelor of Science in Social Work in the Philippines

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) is a four-year degree program in the Philippines that deals with the study of social units such as families and communities, the various issues that affect them, and how social work can help improve, if not immediately resolve, these conditions.

Pursuing this degree will help you learn about the structure of Philippine society, the history of poverty and underdevelopment in the country, and the struggles of underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities, people from conflict-afflicted communities, members of the third sex, and people from native tribes among others.

Some notable courses that you may take while you’re enrolled in this program include:

  • Human Behaviqr and Social Environment
  • The Philippine Social Realities and Social Welfare
  • Filipino Personality and Social Work
  • Social Deviation and Social Work
  • Social Environment and Social Work: The Family, Group, Community and Organizations
  • Social Change and Development Perspectives
  • Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Services
  • Social Welfare Project Program Development and Managemnent
  • Social Work Statistics
  • Social Welfare Agency Administration
  • Social Work Community Education and Training
  • Social Work Research (Development of a Research Design/Proposal)
  • Social Work Research II (Implementafion of a Research Design/Proposal)
  • Knowledge and Philosophical Foundations of the Social Work Profession
  • Fields of Social Work
  • Social Work Communication and Documentation
  • Social Work Counselling
  • Current Trends in Social Work Practice
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment


Qualified graduates of the BS Social Work program can hold any of the following positions:

  • Human Resource Developer
  • Program Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Social Welfare Planner
  • Counselor

What Graduates have to Say

Licensure Examination

BS Social Work graduates are required to pass the Licensure Examination for Social Workers before seeking employment in their field. Please check the website of the Professional Regulatory Commission for more information.

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  1. Hi! I’m really interested in becoming a social worker, however, i’m a philosophy major. Although my electives were related to poverty and development, i would assume this is not enough to qualify and pursue this career. If so, since bssw is another undergraduate degree, is there other alternative to get the necessary qualifications of being a social worker?

    • Hi, Aimee!

      We’re sorry, but as much as we’d like to answer that question for you, we are not aware of any courses or programs that would serve as an alternative to a BSSW degree (except for practically the same courses with just a slightly different name). Perhaps you could check with the Board of Social Workers as they’re the ones who handle the registration of social workers in the Philippines.


  2. Hi I’m a graduating high school student this year. I wonder What subject should I improve more? And if its Ok that my second choice is BA SOCIOLOGY and the third is bachelor of second education major in social studies? Thank you 🙂

    • Hi, Louisse!

      That would depend on which course you are thinking of taking in college. We suggest you check out the curriculum of the courses you have in mind first then compare each one so you’ll have an idea of which subject/s you’d be spending more time on. If you click on the courses on the list on the page below, you’ll find a quick rundown of the subjects you might be required to take should you decide to pursue those courses.

      In terms of flexibility, we believe that’s not a bad choice since BSSW and AB Sociology do have some similarities. We believe BSED major in Social Studies is a bit loosely connected to the two, but it still is somewhat related to the said courses, so having it as your third option would not probably be a bad idea either.


  3. I am a holder of BS in Nursing and a registered Nurse and Midwife. I am wondering if I can take units in BS Social Work (ie. 18 units) and be eligible o take the licensure exam for Social Work after that. Is this possible or is there another way to become a licensed Social Worker without taking the 4 year degree course anymore? Thanks!

  4. i think it helps me to make a thesis, gain more ideas :))

    • Hi, Jona!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      We’re glad to know that you found the post helpful.

      Good luck on your thesis! 🙂

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