BSW Online Frequently Asked Questions

What about the admission process and requirements (Do I have to take math)?

Students follow the same general admission process for BSW Campus and Online Options. Students are admitted once per year and start classes in Fall term. Students may apply for the Portland Campus Option or the Online option, but cannot apply to both.

How do the courses work?

Course content is identical to courses taught on campus, just designed to fit an online format. Online courses are web-based and use our current learning management system, D2L. Our 11-week courses are broken into smaller learning modules that require students to be actively engaged in learning – typically about 8-10 hours per week, per course. The online curriculum allows students more flexibility as to when they complete the learning modules; however, standards are comparable to the Campus Option, and significant work is required each week. Students will also be expected to participate in online face-to-face meetings with other students and faculty.

What is a Field Placement?

During their second year, students will complete coursework and a 500-hour (16 hr/week) field placement in a range of human service organizations, preparing students to work effectively with our increasingly diverse communities. This hands-on, practical training experience helps prepare students to work in agency or organization settings. Students join in the life of the agency. This may include attending regularly scheduled meetings, trainings, supervision, and other activities involving or sponsored by the field placement site. Your field placement is a crucial part of your preparation for the work force and has several options, restrictions, and expectations.

What technology will I need?

In order to fully access the courses and participate at the expected level, you will need specific technology tools and skills. Here is a comprehensive list of the technology you'll need, and skills that will assist you in being successful.

What are the costs of the BSW Online Option?

Calculating the cost of college depends on how many credits you take and where you live. PSU's Paying for College page breaks down tuition, fees, other costs and links to financial aid. PSU's Cost of Attendence Estimator might be helpful in estimating costs specific to your situation. It is important to know that a $35 fee is charged for each credit of online courses. Please include this in you calculation. Online fees pay for maintenance of the online courses, both technologically and instructionally. Students can apply for scholarships beginning in October of each year for opportunities announced in summer. Students interested in a career in public or tribal child welfare are encouraged to apply to the Child Welfare Education Program for tuition assistance. Information and resources specific to veterans and their families is outlined at PSU Veteran Services.

Washington State Residents of the following counties – Asotin, Benton, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Garfield, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla – may be eligible for in-state tuition rates and are encouraged to review the Washington Border Policy. PSU also participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange which could mean reduced out of state tuition.

Will I ever have to come to the Portland Campus?

Yes, students will be expected to come to the Portland Campus for orientation. Orientation will cover important information about the program, allow for students and faculty to get to know each other, and begin building community in the cohort.

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