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BSW Course, Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work is an undergraduate program taught in selected Colleges in Nepal. This course provides a broad knowledge of the social service sector, which is mostly for the disadvantaged or marginalized group's upliftment and development. Various kinds of social service organizations in Nepal are either running autonomously or those which are administered by government services. The study of BSW helps to work in those organizations or come under the network of other organizations that can bring welfare and assistance. Bachelor of Social Work delves into the origin of social work, human behavior, growth, law, rural study, research, and fieldwork to equip knowledge and skills of social work services in the Nepalese context.


The study of the Bachelor program in Social Work is realized by the significance of social upliftment and human development of Nepal in the world. As a developing country, Nepalese have a more underprivileged group of people including women, children, old people, and disabled people who have not been in the same framework as the healthy and professional people of Nepal who have access to all facilities and benefits. We have seen activists who have emerged in Social Work like Anuradha Koirala for fighting against women and girls trafficking, Padam Sundas called “Guardian of Dalits”, Angur Baba Joshi an empowerment for women’s education and development, Pushpa Basnet for standing to protect the rights of children and a CNN hero with Anuradha are main examples of social service, social work causes and revelations in Nepalese societies.

The study of a Bachelor of Social Work brings education, awareness and reforms that need to be taken in the social sector for the upliftment of lifestyle, access to equal living and health rights, education rights, and working to empower the marginalized and rural people to social inclusiveness more prominently.

In Nepal, social work education started in 1996 as an academic discipline at St. Xavier's College Maitighar. To date, the Universities offering Bachelor programs in Social work are.

The universities that offer BSW courses to Colleges in Nepal are as follows:

  • Tribhuvan University
  • Kathmandu University
  • Purbanchal University
  • Midwest University

The cost of studying a Bachelor of Social Work program at Colleges in Nepal are from the range of 4 to 6.5 Lakh NPR for the entire program.

General Information

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) course adheres to both an annual-based and semester-based curriculum structure based on different universities, with a total program duration spanning four years. This comprehensive degree encompasses several essential elements, including:

  • Social Work Theory and Practice
  • Human Behavior and Development
  • Social Policy and Advocacy
  • Field Work and Practice
  • Cultural Competence
  • Ethics and Professionalism

The broad outline and comprehensive framework of the BSW course are delineated in the table provided below.

University/ Factors

Duration (in years)

Number of Colleges

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The chart below shows the comparative study of the BSW course based on the number of colleges across different universities. Tribhuvan University has twenty Colleges in Nepal to provide a four year’s Bachelor of Social Work program with theory and practical works. Purbanchal University has two Colleges while Kathmandu and Mid Western University have one Colleges each for Bachelor of Social Work program.

objectives of bachelors of social work

Here are the general program objectives of Bachelor of Social Work offered by different Nepalese Universities at Colleges in Nepal:

  1. Integrative and holistic practice of social values and principles equally for all people from every area of the country.
  2. Provide students with knowledge, practical skills, real life situations and case studies and address them to the changes for sustenance of human life.
  3. To build a self reliant, responsible, practical and knowledgeable human resource to contribute to help society and build the nation.
  4. To work from various service settings and establishments such as hospitals, nursing homes, child care centres, welfare bodies, human health and populations department of social organisations.
  5. Engage in teaching, research and development of social and human skills and uplift the weak communities to their rights to live in content.

Overall, the objectives of a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) course are to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to work effectively as social workers and make a positive impact on the well-being of individuals and communities.

Eligibility for Bachelors of social work

After Plus2 education in Humanities, you can directly apply to get enrolment in the Bachelor of Social Work program of four years from a University program at Colleges in Nepal. The basic requirements to study BSW for a fresher are:

  • Prospective candidates are required to have satisfactorily completed the intermediate (+2) level from any stream.
  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum grade of 'D+' in each subject during their +2 education.

fee structure and scholarship of bachelors of social work

Fee Structure

The four years of undergraduate Bachelor of Social Work offered by different Universities to the BSW Colleges in Nepal are slightly different in the total cost of the program. Kathmandu University and Tribhuvan University BSW Colleges are comparatively cheaper and Purbanchal University is slightly more expensive than the two Universities. You can find the price range of BSW courses at these Universities affiliated Colleges in the table below;


Cost (NPR)


4,00,000 to 6,00,000


4,00,000 to 5,00,000


5,00,000 to 7,00,000



career and scope of bachelors of social works

Social work is not just a service to mankind, but it is also an offering to God who has created us. If we have a kind heart, good intentions, and sense of justice our education and academic degree in Social Work program can open doors to different avenues of social work organisations and sectors in Nepal which are from;

  • Government agencies
  • International non-governmental organisations
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Business corporations
  • Educational institutions
  • Media outlets including television, radio, and news organisations
  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Research organizations and consulting firms

The job positions in which the BSW course graduates can work are as follows:

  • Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Officer
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Substance Abuse Counsellor
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Program Coordinator
  • Policy Analyst