BSW as a Second Degree

St. John's College

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree qualifies the graduate for beginning professional practice in social work settings.

Please note that the deadline for application for admission to this program is March 1st. Please be advised that all admissions criteria must be met by the end of the winter semester in which you submit your application.

Admission Requirements:

The BSW as a Second Degree consists of 60 credit hours completed over a 4 semester period (fall, winter, fall, winter). This does not include the 30 credit hours of required prerequisite courses that must be completed by the end of the winter semester of the year in which admission is being sought. The next application deadline for the second degree program is March 1, 2018 for a start date of September 2018.

Volunteer/Work/Community Involvement Experience in Human Services

While the School does not recommend a specific experience, experience related to social work would include any work/volunteer/community involvement experience that relates to social work. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

working and/or volunteering in a helping capacity which involve the use of self, relationship building, provision of support, education, advocacy or developing resources and/or working with individuals, families and/or community groups to promote social change

work which involves serving on community boards, being a camp counsellor, volunteering with community programs, mentoring programs, working/volunteering with individuals, public awareness work, etc.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 300 hours of verified formal work/volunteer experience in human services. Consideration will be given to previous experience as well as current experience.

The 60 credit hour program is intended for candidates who:

  • have been awarded a Bachelor’s Degree, or have been approved (by the end of the Winter semester preceding the academic year in which admission is being sought) for the award of a Bachelor’s Degree from a university recognized by Memorial;
  • have completed the required prerequisite courses;
  • meet the academic performance requirements; and
  • have a minimum of 300 hours of verified work/volunteer/community involvement experience in human services.

The aim of the BSW program is to develop social workers with generically based skills for working with individuals, families, communities and groups in a variety of settings. Some of the settings include child protection, health care, addictions and justice, to name a few.

Students receive an education which prepares them to work in urban centres and rural settings. A special emphasis is placed on the importance of identifying local needs and developing the means of meeting these needs in the context of available resources.

There is a Program Residency Requirement for both the First and Second Degree programs requiring students to take specific courses on the St. John's campus. Once students are admitted to a BSW program, the program is an on-campus, full-time program.

Areas in which students will be educated include:

- assessment
- interviewing
- counselling
- advocacy
- program/policy analysis
- community capacity building

The objectives of the undergraduate program are to prepare students to:

  • promote social justice and social well-being and creatively challenge oppression;
  • acquire and apply knowledge, skills, values, professional ethics and critical thinking abilities;
  • recognize limitations and strengths as a beginning social work practitioner;
  • integrate reflexively critical self-awareness;
  • assume leadership in collaboration and interdisciplinary practice;
  • utilize and participate in innovative and traditional inquiry and research models;
  • creatively practice with diverse individuals and collectives;
  • promote and critique the social work profession on regional, provincial, national and global levels;
  • commit to the process of lifelong learning;
  • participate collaboratively and respectfully in innovative teaching and learning processes; and
  • address issues of transition and crisis in diverse contexts (individuals, families, groups, communities, formal organizations and society)

The BSW program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. 


School of Social Work

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000