Carol Metzger

Carol Metzger

“After the loss of my husband to cancer, I wanted to change careers to work with cancer patients.  Bluffton University’s Social Work degree completion program allowed me the opportunity to take classes while continuing to work to support my son.  I am now running a nonprofit agency that supports cancer patients and their families in Hancock County.”


Social work degree completion


Social worker

Bluffton offers two pathways for students who have earned an associate’s degree to complete their bachelor’s degree; as a traditional transfer student or through a degree completion program.

The degree completion program, designed for working adults looking to advance in their careers while maintaining their busy schedules, taps into what Bluffton is all about—building relationships and serving students.

Classes meet one night a week 

  • Social work courses will be a combination of online and in-person on the Bluffton University campus.
  • General education courses may be taken online with Bluffton’s business management degree completion program.
  • Field placements would likely take place in the spring or summer of final year.

This program is for

  • Students with an associate’s degree in early childhood education, criminal justice, allied health, education, human services or social work.
  • Students with some college credit. You’ll need to take additional classes to complete the 124 hours of credit required for graduation. Your admission counselor will provide guidance.
  • People with a 4-year degree to get a second bachelor’s and switch careers.

Bluffton social work graduates are prepared for both entry-level positions in the field or for graduate school.

The fall cohort will begin Aug. 4, 2021.

Apply today or contact the admissions office at to discuss your opportunities at Bluffton University!

Nationally accredited

75 years of social work studies