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The ANSWER Program

A convenient evening BSW program for social work undergraduates.

Adelphi’s Non-traditional Social Welfare Education Routes (ANSWER) program is an evening BSW program for part- and full-time students. This program is available at our Garden City, Manhattan and Hauppauge Centers. Its flexible model accommodates you if you’re changing fields to pursue a career in social work. The requirements needed for admission to the ANSWER program are generally the same as those needed to apply to the social work program on the main campus.

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Course of Study

As an ANSWER student, you’ll complete the same sequence of social work courses and field instruction required in our traditional BSW program. General education requirements are waived for all ANSWER students. If you need additional liberal arts credits to meet requirements for graduation, you may take them concurrently with social work courses or during the summer. Typically, full-time ANSWER students take their 45 social welfare credits in four consecutive semesters, attending classes two or three evenings a week.

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Field Education

Field education provides ANSWER students with the opportunity to work directly with people in a social agency under professional MSW supervision. Some ANSWER students may apply for work or study internships within their human service employment settings. If you’re not employed in a social service agency or cannot meet the school’s work or study criteria, you’ll be assigned to one of our affiliated field agencies. Students in this BSW program are assigned to different field instruction settings during their junior and senior years. ANSWER students must complete at least 600 hours (10 hours per week) of field instruction to earn a BSW, which means a minimum of 300 hours during the junior year and a minimum of 300 hours during the senior year.

Credit for Life Experience

ANSWER students may be eligible to apply for up to a maximum of 10 life experience credits that can be applied toward elective requirements. Life experience credits cannot be used to waive any of the required social work or liberal arts courses. To request life experience credit, apply to the director of the undergraduate program, submit descriptions and documentation of your activities, and prepare a series of written essays. These essays are graded by faculty using prescribed criteria. The grade and the number of essays submitted determine the number of credits awarded.


You must complete a transfer application, and list your interest in the School of Social Work ANSWER Program to apply to the ANSWER BSW program.

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For further information, please contact:

School of Social Work
p – 516.877.4300

Office of University Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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