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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:

Raffy C. Vigil
Studied BS in Social Work
at Mindanao State University , Marawi City
Graduated: 2012

My current job:
I am currently working as a City Link Officer in Malaybalay City, under the Department of Social Welfare and Development's (DSWD) poverty-alleviation program on Conditional Cash Transfer commonly known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
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Am I using what I learned in college:
If the computer has this so called WYSIWIG (what you see is what you get), then what I learned from the university is WILIWIG (what I learned is what I get). Indeed I'm so blessed to learn specifically the social work skills, knowledge and values which are of essential use in my current work now in Malaybalay City.

Social Work techniques are also vital in the current work I have now since dealing with people is our utmost activity. Learnings I got on Case Management are also practical in my work today since we also took in our priority the situations of every household beneficiaries/clients whom we are working with and strategizing ways with them in order that at the end of the 5-year contracted term of helping relationship, the clients are helped to see and perceived that they are able to help themselves in whatever circumstance they may find themselves in. I couldn't express more about the details of my work, how we, with my other co-workers, are struggling with the challenges of the many tasks. Yet Im so thankful now that sometime during my college life, I once became a student of the profession in Mindanao State University Main Campus.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
After knowing the result of the Board Exam for Social Workers given last June 2012 (from which I fortunately passed) I started applying for job last July 2012 and hired sometime in August 2012. So it took me four months before I got my first job as a City Link Officer in DSWD Field Office 10.

Do I recommend studying BS in Social Work:
Basically, everyone of us must be engaged on certain tasks which are of great helped to those who are in need, that's given. But my recommendation is for those who have even a little passion to render service and give quality time to serve the needy individual, groups, or communities. Yes, I'm highly recommending this profession distinct to the cause of engineering our society thru the use of social work methods. This is indeed a fulfilling career on top to the expected benefits one can get upon his/her actual engagement in the profession.
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