Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW)

BSW Degree Completion Program at the Dixon University Center - Harrisburg

Program Overview

Shippensburg University designed a program that is just right for you. The BSW program at Shippensburg University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and gives students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) at their own convenience. We offer this award-winning cohort at our off-campus location,  the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg during the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We aim to deliver courses in a personalized environment, which is why we keep our classroom to a maximum of 25 students. Every BSW Cohort student must complete a 450 hour field education experience that will include interning in a social service agency for 22-24 hours per week from July 2018 through December 2018.  

Admissions Requirements 

Students must have an associate degree or at least 48 transferable credits (60 credits preferred) with a minimum 2.40 GPA from all work previously completed at regionally accredited institutions. 

Students must have completed the following courses (either at Shippensburg University or another regionally accredited institution) prior to starting the cohort. The BSW Cohort provides social work courses required to complete a BSW degree. Students must take all other required credits, including general education courses and electives at Ship's main campus or other accredited institutions, such as HACC, which offer courses equivalent to Shippensburg courses.   Please see course equivalents below: 

  • SWK 102 Social Work in Social Welfare (HACC course equivalent  = HUMS 120) 
  • SWK 250 Assessing Individuals in the Social Environment (HACC course equivalent = HUMS 206) 
  • SWK 265  Understanding Diversity for Social Work Practice (HACC course equivalent  = SOC 205)
  • College level statistics course  Please note: If you take PSYC 241, it does not count toward completion of the math general education requirements. (HACC course equivalent = MATH 202 or PSYC 241).
  • PLS 100: US Government & Politics must be completed before Spring semester 2018. (HACC course equivalent = GP 201 or GP 203) 

Application Deadline

  • The admissions deadline is April 1, 2016. Students will be notified if they are accepted by May 1, 2016.
  • A minimum of 20 students will be required to begin this cohort in Harrisburg, if number of students is not met, we'll notify you of any changes. 

For more information about the program, status of application, or financial aid questions, please refer to contacts below: 

Contacts & Support

Academic Advisor for cohort students  
Dr. Liz Fisher 
Director, BSW Cohort in Harrisburg 

Status of admissions application  
Damian Morales 
Office of Admissions 
717.477.1231 or 1.800.822.8028 

Financial Aid Questions 
Eric Dinsmore 
Associate Director, Financial Aid 



For information about fees, other tuition rates, and payments visit Student Accounts.


For information about fees, other tuition rates, and payments visit Student Accounts.


BSW News

Ship's Bachelor of Social Work degree completion program earned an award for Program Development from UPCEA!