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BS in Social Work in the Philippines

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work program provides students with knowledge and skills in social work practice, social welfare policies, human welfare and basic competencies such as problem solving skills, analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to become successful professionals.

Admission requirements for BS in Social Work program in the Philippines


  • Must have recommendation from high school principal and guidance counsellor
  • Must have the Original copy of high school card (Form 138A)
  • Must have most recent medical and dental health record
  • Must take and pass the College Entrance Examination
  • Must have a copy of NSO certified birth certificate
  • Must have a certificate of good moral character
  • Must have a copy of high school diploma
  • One 2”x 2” copy of latest photo

Duration of BS in Social Work program in the Philippines


The BS in Social Work program takes 4 years to complete.

Students are required to complete 1000 hours of field experience and internship during the third and fourth year in community, government and private institutions.

Subjects included in the BS in Social Work program


  • Advance Composition and the Research Paper
  • Principles of Economics & Land Reform
  • Social Work Perspectives & Realities
  • Survey/Read Filipino Literature
  • Basic Speech Communication
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Health Care & Social Work
  • Self and Social Awareness
  • Grammar & Composition
  • Admission & Supervision
  • Old Testament Message
  • Seminar in SW Practice
  • Social deviance & SW
  • Understanding Arts
  • General Psychology
  • Filipino Personality
  • The Filipino Family
  • General Sociology
  • Asian Civilization
  • College Algebra
  • Christian Ethics
  • Child Welfare
  • Counselling
  • Retorika

Licensure examination required in order to practice as Registered Social Workers in the Philippines


A graduate of BS in Social Work needs to pass the Board Examination for Social Workers in order to practice as a registered social worker in the Philippines. The examination is given by the Board of Social Workers under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Requirements for the Licensure Examination for Social Workers


  • Must be a holder of a degree in BS in Social Work with academic credits on required subjects from a university recognized by the Philippine government.
  • Must have a copy of the Transcript of Records with Special order and date of graduation with remarks “FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY”
  • Must not have any case filed or pending for moral turpitude in any court in the Philippines that involves moral turpitude
  • Must have completed a minimum period of one thousand case hours of practical training in an established social work agency under the direct supervision of a fully trained and qualified social worker.
  • Must have an original copy of community tax certificate (cedula)
  • Must have a copy of the NSO authenticated birth certificate
  • Must be of good health and sound mind
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must be at least 21 years of Age
  • Must be a Filipino Citizen

National Passing Rates of the Board Examination for Social Workers in the Philippines


  • 2010 – 58% (770 out of 1,321 examinees)
  • 2009 – 53% (691 out of 1,280 examinees)
  • 2008 – 53% (616 out of 1,154 examinees)
  • 2007 – 47% (504 out of 1053 examinees)
  • 2006 – 52% (580 out of 1,107 examinees)

Career opportunities for graduates of BS in Social Work program in the Philippines


  • Social Worker
  • Community Organizer
  • Community Adviser
  • Staff in Government Institutions
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Agency field Instructor
  • Medical Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Counsellor

Reviews of BS in Social Work graduates:

Abi Nur Haqq G. Alonto
Studied BS in Social Work
at Mindanao State University , Marawi City
Graduated: 2010

About my college education:
Studying Social Work is not easy as to compare to other courses. You need to sacrifice your own interest for the sake of other people. You need to set in your mind the essence of volunteerism. In some cases you will go to remote and under develop places to induce change. Change that will enable them to become socially functional and be able to empowered people. It is interesting course and fulfilling seeing happy faces and empowered people.

My current job:
I am one of the current City Links Officer of Iligan City under DSWD Conditional Cash Transfer Program. My current position is really related to my profession where in I served as the CO worker ans Case Manager of the said City.
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How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It takes months to arrive and get a job that is related in our profession. Social Workers are now in demand world wide because of social problems and social issues that affect the population world wide.

Do I recommend studying BS in Social Work:
Yes. I would like to promote Social Work as your field of study. 100 percent enjoy and fulfilling.
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